All in the Family (1971–1979)
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The Saga of Cousin Oscar 

Archie's freeloading cousin, Oscar, dies in the guest room. Archie and Mike host an impromptu wake in their home, as they ponder whether to hold a funeral service or simply dispose of Oscar's body.


John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Burt Styler (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Jack Grimes Jack Grimes ... Mr. Whitehead
Will B. Able ... Rev. Felcher
M. Emmet Walsh ... Billy Hartfield
Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Jimmy McNab (as William Benedict)
Connie Sawyer ... Mrs. McNab
Peggy Rea ... Bertha


Archie flies into a panic when his good-for-nothing cousin Oscar stays the night and then dies in his guest room. The Bunkers put together a wake at which Archie tries to figure out how to put Oscar away without having to spend too much money. He gets a rock bottom statement from the funeral director but still thinks it's too high. Then Mike does some research and discovers that since Oscar is not technically Archie immediate family then all he has to do is call the coroner, who will collect the body and bury him in a pauper's grave at no charge. Archie jumps at the chance especially when he gets the news that the grave diggers are about to go on strike. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

18 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is actually the first episode of the second season but the DVD has it listed as the second episode. See more »


When Archie goes to make a phone call towards the beginning of the episode, the tip of the boom mic is visible as Archie walks over to the phone. See more »


Archie Bunker: What do you want me to do, spend over $600 on a funeral for a cousin who used to sit on my face?
Edith Bunker: He'll never do it again, Archie.
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Referenced in All in the Family: Lionel the Live-In (1974) See more »

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A Death In The Family
15 June 2019 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Archie's deadbeat cousin Oscar is staying with the Bunkers, eating Archie out of house and home.

A funny episode with dark humor about death and funerals. It begins with the family complaining about Oscar. Archie in particular can't stand him since when they were children he would knock Archie down and sit on his face. We never see Oscar, he is only described as an obnoxious freeloader with red hair, big earlobes and warts. There is a funny scene where Mike comes down after checking on him and tells Archie that Oscar is dead. This is followed by a funny sequence when Archie is forced to plan a funeral. A hysterical relative cousin Bertha (Peggy Rea) shows up sobbing but Archie doesn't even recognize her. Whitehead the funeral director pushes some expensive caskets but Archie wants dirt cheap. Mike explains that he can have the cousin put in Potter's field for nothing. Archie likes the idea and thanks Mike, one of the few times we see the two getting along with each other. Watch the episode to see what happens.

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