By the time "Archie Bunker's Place" debuted in 1979, "All in the Family" was practically dead. Much of the old cast was gone and the hard edge was completely gone. I almost never watched "Archie Bunker's Place" as a result. Well, today I was sick and bored and when a rerun came on of the old series, I watched to see if my recollections about the series were correct. While one episode is NOT proof that the show sucked, I can say that "The Camping Trip" was dreadful. With no Edith, Gloria or Michael, the entire show is Archie...a very low-energy and tied Archie. There are also a plethora of characters that either make no sense (Archie with a Jewish business partner and a black housekeeper) or annoyed (bringing in a kid to star in the show clearly was jumping the shark). So what do you have left? Archie being stupid...with no real rhyme or reason. Why does he go to a meeting about a girl scout outing and make a total fool of himself? I don't know...and the result was just a sad shadow of a once-great franchise. It's amazing to think that this show continued for more than two more seasons!
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