A working class man constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

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Norman Lear
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Won 8 Golden Globes. Another 34 wins & 73 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Carroll O'Connor ...  Archie Bunker / ... 208 episodes, 1968-1979
Jean Stapleton ...  Edith Bunker / ... 208 episodes, 1968-1979
Rob Reiner ...  Michael 'Meathead' Stivic 183 episodes, 1971-1979
Sally Struthers ...  Gloria Bunker-Stivic 183 episodes, 1971-1979
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Archie Bunker, was a bigoted working-class family man who held his views of the world. His viewpoints clash with nearly everyone he comes into contact with especially his son-in-law Mike Stivic (or, as Archie delights in calling him, "Meathead"). Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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You are about to see something new in comedy. Real people. To err is human. Which makes the Bunkers just about the most human family you'll ever want to meet. Also the funniest. Enjoy a laugh on them and the prejudices which keep them in constant battle and bafflement. (season 1)

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Archie and Edith's easy-chairs are now on display at the Smithsonian. See more »

Goofs

Mike is shown being a college student in the 1970s. Assuming that he went to college straight from high school (or even after an open year) he would still be in his early 20s when the series began. Rob Reiner is clearly older than the character would be and he seems to be a very poor student as it takes him nearly six years to complete college (despite going full time) only to obtain a job that would require just a four-year degree. See more »

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Archie: God created the universe in seven days.
Edith: Six days. On the seventh day he rested.
Archie: Well only for a while then He looked over what He done.
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When episodes air on TV, they are trimmed to fit the alotted time. The complete versions are available on video and DVD. See more »

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Featured in The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments (2004) See more »

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"That man had charisma!" "I don't care if he was sick!"
30 August 2007 | by RiffRaffMcKinleySee all my reviews

Behold one of the most politically incorrect and yet uproarious sitcoms ever made. Here's the basic premise: bigoted AWG with a dutiful if slow-on-the-uptake wife lets his daughter and her far-far-far-*far*-left-wing husband live with them so he can finish school, and then the adventure begins! So, yes, Archie Bunker is a jerk. He's notorious for getting himself in way too deep in situations involving race, religion, orientation, and activism. His wife Edith serves as a naive voice of reason... usually to the annoyance of her husband. Daughter Gloria is proud of her husband Mike, to whom Archie always refers as "meathead" (dead from the neck up). And Archie can't move past the fact that Mike is Polish and liberal.

Adding other dimensions to the series are their neighbors, the Jeffersons (whose race frequently causes Archie to put himself in trouble with his ethnically-based comments), and, of course, among others, Cousin Maude-- Edith's no-nonsense cousin who shows up every so often just to push Archie's buttons. The writing is always fresh, the humor works nearly every time, and it's an absolute joy to see the cast at work-- the chemistry is perfect.

I really wish they could make a sitcom like this that actually works again.


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Release Date:

12 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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Justice for All See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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| (212 episodes)
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