All in the Family: Season 3, Episode 1

Archie and the Editorial (16 Sep. 1972)

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Archie is invited to give a "man-on-the street" editorial on television, where he speaks against gun control. He then meets two people who saw the editorial ... who promptly rob him at gunpoint.



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Archie is inflamed by an anti-gun editorial on the news and gets into a massive argument with Mike and Gloria about gun control that ends with him calling the station and scheduling a televised rebuttal. When he gets on television, he makes a fool out of himself by suggesting, among other things, that the best way to deal with hijacked airlines is to arm the passengers before their get on board and take the guns away with they depart. At Kelsey's bar after the editorial airs, the family shares a drink when a man comes in who saw the broadcast. He seems nice until he robs them at gunpoint. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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16 September 1972 (USA)  »

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This was the second season premiere and the show opening is slightly different. In the first season opener, as Jean Stapleton hits her screechy high note, the audience's laughter can be heard under the note. Starting with this episode and for the rest of the season, no audience laughter is heard. See more »


Archie told the family that his TV editorial contains the line "car accidents cause more deaths than guns every year", then the hold-up man at Kelcy's quoted Archie as saying "Guns are like free speech" and "Guns are what brings law and order to our cities"; none of which had appeared in the actual editorial. See more »


[Archie is delivering en editorial on a local TV station]
Archie Bunker: [on TV] Good evening, everybody. This here is Archie Bunker of 704 Hauser Street, veteran of the big war, speaking on behalf of guns for everybody. Now, question: what was the first thing that the Communists done when they took over Russia? Answer: gun control. And there's a lot of people in this country want to do the same thing to us here in a kind of conspiracy, see. You take your big international bankers, they want to - whaddya call -...
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wonderful episode - stacked deck
16 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Here we have one of the best episodes of Norman Lear's best series. The centerpiece encapsulates Archie Bunker's view of gun control. Because Norman Lear has his own view, the episode skews the issue. Despite this, the episode is hysterically funny.

You get the usual contrast of traditional male/female roles versus the new wave that Archie hates. The interaction of the characters is priceless. Because of the quality of the writing, the series holds up today.

Eventually, Archie and Mike get to the Constitution. Archie says that what the Supreme Court says has nothing to do with the law. Considering that the Constitution says that no one could deprive anyone of life without due process; and the court finding the death penalty unconstitutional in 1972 (before partially reversing), Archie has a point. Mike's comment about the militia clause would suggest that the founders intended to say that a militia has the right to guns. That is laughable on its face, and ignores the ninth amendment.

Archie's editorial is an utterly ridiculous statement with some truth in it. Studies have shown the effects of gun control. Criminals don't follow the law. Gun free zones are more dangerous because law abiding people are disarmed. While there could be a real debate, Lear's purpose is to push an agenda.

The end shows a man congratulating Archie for being against gun control. He robs Archie. Actually, criminals are in favor of gun control because it is far less risky for them. What if Archie had had a gun on him? Despite the tilting of the issue (Lear would do the same thing in the series, 704 Hauser St., with regard to Anita Hill having no reason to lie during the Clarence Thomas hearings), this is one of the best episodes of a great series. I wonder if it prompted anyone to read the Federalist Papers.

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