The ALL IN THE FAMILY spinoff with a LOT of memorable episod
Greg M. Davis | New Jersey, USA | 11/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Archie Bunker's Place ran for 4 seasons from 1979-1983. The first season, though, still had Jean Stapleton playing Edith. It isn't until the second season when she leaves the show and is put into the script that she died in her sleep. (Not in real life, of course.) This first season will bring many people good memories, too. There is the Thanksgiving Reunion Two-part episode that features Gloria, Mike, and Joey coming back for a visit after moving to California. There is another good episode where Sammy Davis, Jr. makes a second appearance on a Archie Bunker show, first being the one second season episode of All In The Family. Relive all these memories by buying the first season of Archie Bunker's Place. Its only $29.99, and thats without the AMAZON DISCOUNT!
Here is an episode guide for the first season:
(1). "Archie's New Partner, pt. 1" (Original Air Date 9/23/79) Archie decides to expand the bar in to the defunked restaurant next-door which he already in the process of leasing. Not wanting anything to do with the ownership of a restaurant Harry decides to sell his half of the bar to Jewish liberal Murray Klein who likes Archie's idea to expand. Archie tries in vain to get a loan to buyout Harry .
(2). "Archie's New Partner, pt. 2" (Original Air Date 9/23/79) Harry finalizes the sale of his half of the Bar to Murray. Archie learns he has a new partner and must come to grips with that. Murray discovers there is more to Archie then you may see at first glance.
(3). "Edith Gets Hired" (Original Air Date 9/30/79) Edith gets a job as working as a recreation assistant at the Rego Park Center for the mentally ill but Archie has some reservations about her working.
(4). "Archie and the Oldest Profession" (Original Air Date 10/7/79) Murray makes Archie take notice Archie that a new regular customer named Dottie is a Prostitute and is brokering her Business at their bar. Murray convinces Archie this is bad for their bar's Image and that they must convince her to conduct her business elsewhere.
(5). "Edith Versus the Energy Crisis" (Original Air Date 10/14/79) Because of heat limit of 60 degrees imposed because of the energy crisis Archie finds himself in the cold at the Bar, but things are even worse at home where Edith is conserving Energy with a vigor. But soon Archie feels hot even without heat, when he comes down with a strep throat. Which it turns out he caught from Dr. Sydney Shapiro when he sneezed in Archie's face during Stephanie's visit the previous week.
(6). "Bosom Partners" (Original Air Date 10/21/79) The State of New York finds Fraud in Archie's lack of payment of sales tax questionable record keeping method. Murray Must romance the State Tax Agent to keep Archie out of Jail and the Bar open.
(7). "Building the Restaurant" (Original Air Date 10/28/79) Archie and Murray have problems with Swensen their unreliable contractor who is demanding even more money which Archie tries to get from Louie the Loan Shark not knowing that Back at that Murray, Harry, Barney and Mr VanRanseleer have chipped in to finish the work on the restaurant themselves.
(8). "The Cook" (Original Air Date 11/4/79) Murray and Archie hire cook named Veronica Rooney (Anne Meara) who insist that her Gay Nephew Fred be the Waiter. Naturally Archie is uncomfortable with this and soon tries to fire Fred, but if Fred is fired Veronica will quit too. Murray convinces Archie to keep Fred.
(9). "Murray and the Liquor Board" (Original Air Date 11/11/79) Murray's latter Pardoned Conviction for punching a cop in a Anti-Napalm Protest threatens the liquor license. When the man hearing the case is an overzealous conservative.
(10). "Thanksgiving Reunion, pt. 1" (Original Air Date 11/18/79) Edith arranges for Mike, Gloria and Joey come home to surprise Archie with a Thanksgiving Visit. But what Archie does not know was that Mike was fired from his teaching job after he was arrested for protesting nude agents a proposed Nuclear power plant after his picture at the protest was published in the paper. To make this worse Joey has hid the knobs from the TV.
(11). "Thanksgiving Reunion, pt. 2" (Original Air Date 11/18/79) Murray tries to convince Archie that he is being too hard on Mike. Murray asks Archie if he would protest nude if it would make the word a safer place. Archie comes home and starts eating the leftover turkey in the kitchen after he wakes up Mike. Mike Joins him at the table. Archie offer to loan Mike money to help him get back on his feet. They are then joined by Edith and latter Gloria around the kitchen table. Archie asks Gloria how she could let her husband march in a parade where everyone was naked ? Her answer? Because she didn't want to march alone.
(12). "Barney and the Hooker" (Original Air Date 11/25/79) Murray Bails Dottie out from Jail and convinces Archie to hire her as a waitress to keep her from returning to her from returning to her old profession, but newly divorced Barney falls for her and is soon asking for her hand in marriage.
(13). "Man of the Year" (Original Air Date 12/2/79) Phil Weber A Con Man who claims to be an old Briant High Classmate of Archie's Tells Archie that he has been made an organization's man of the year. Archie and Murray decide to hold the ceremony at the bar which Archie's high school classmates are invited to and are asked for as an entrance fee which is supposed to pay for an organ in Archie name at Briant High. Archie and Murray realize Phil has run off with the money, but Archie insist Murray not tell his classmates feeling they will lose respect for him if they knew the truth.
(14). "The Shabbat Dinner" (Original Air Date 12/9/79) Edith and Stephanie prepare a Shabbat diner. Murray brings his non-Jewish Girlfriend not knowing that Edith has also invited his mother and his aunt who would prefer that Murray only dates Jewish Women. Edith convinces Murray's Mother to give his girlfriend a chance.
(15). "Barney's Lawsuit" (Original Air Date 12/16/79) Barney gets hurt after his lucky bar stool which he has been sitting on since Mets won the 1969 World Series collapses. Archie fears Barney will sue after her learns Barney has hired a shady lawyer and the Bar's liability insurance policy was voided when it was expanded into to restaurant extension.
(16) . "Blanche and Murray" (Original Air Date 12/30/79) Barney's Sex Crazy ex-Wife returns to town and starts putting the moves on Murray and Barney can't take it.
(17). "Murray's Daughter" (Original Air Date 1/6/80) Murray's estranged Daughter shows up at the bar looking for her dad only to sign off on a hose she inherited from her grandmother. She is married to Puerto Rican husband and they have two small children. Archie takes it upon himself to help reconcile the relationship between Murray and his daughter.
(18)."The Ambush" (Original Air Date 1/27/80) The partners fear a neighborhood burglar named the Saturday Night Bandit. Archie decides to stay at the bar overnight to try to catch "him" Murray comes back to because he thinks Archie might be putting himself in danger. The "burglars" turns out to be not quite what Murray and Archie expect when they take Archie and Murray by surprise and turn out to be women.
(19). "The Return of Sammy" (Original Air Date 2/3/80) After Archie calls Sammy Davis Jr on a local TV Talk Show on which Sammy is a guest, Archie convinces Sammy to visit the bar, but When Sammy chokes of some food Veronica has given him to try, Archie performs the Heimlich maneuver but in the process Archie hurt some of Sammy's ribs which Sammy thinks they may be broken, putting Sammy in the hospital. At the hospital It turns to Sammy's ribs are not broken after all. Sammy has seen some changes in Archie and when the freelance reporter who has been following Sammy for a story on race relations wants to write about Archie's bigotry Sammy stands up for Archie. Unfortunately Sammy is unable to convince her not to write it. In the end Archie who was kissed by Sammy in "Sammy's Visit" kisses Sammy this time.
(20). "Archie Fixes up Fred" (Original Air Date 2/10/80) After a customer named Tom who is Archie's lodge brother in the Kings of Queens complains about Fred the Gay waiter. Archie tries to fix Fred up with the Linda girl from the laundry hoping this will turn him around. In the end it turns out Tom's real reason for complaining about Fred is in that Tom is in closet and Fred turned him down. Fred decides to quit his job as waiter.
(21). "Father and Daughter Night" (Original Air Date 2/17/80) Stephanie needs a father for a talent show. When Archie is unwilling Murray steps in. Archie becomes jealous of Murray and Stephanie. Archie and Murray decide they will both perform with Stephanie. They louse the contest but the gang at the bar convinces the trio to give them a personal performance.
(22). "VanRanseleer's Operation" (Original Air Date 3/2/80) When Barney finds possible cure for Mr. VanRanseleer's blindness in the newspaper. Archie and the gang raise money thinking that lack of money is the reason Mr.VanRanseleer seems to be unwilling to have this operation, but It turns out the Dr. Larkin the doctor from the article has been both Mr. Van Ranseleer's doctor and friend for years and the story from the news paper was misleading. Infarct as Dr.Larkin already knows and the gang at the bar doesn't is that Mr. Van Ranseleer made a fortune on the stock market and has donated a lot of money to help the doctor's research. VanRanseleer has kept it a secret because he did not want to be treated any different because he had money. VanRanseleer and the Dr. Larkin convince the gang to donate the money they raised to the doctor's Research.
(23). "Veronica's Ex" (Original Air Date 3/9/80) Veronica's shady and unfaithful ex-husband shows up at the bar. Veronica soon finds herself back in his arms.
(24). "A Small Mafia Favor" (Original Air Date 3/23/80) A crime kingpin visits old buddy Murray but a rival mob boss is assassinated in the restaurant on a signal Murray unknowingly gave. Fearing mob retaliation Archie advises the gang to keep their mouths shut about what they saw. "
The continuing story of Archie Bunker
andy8047 | Nokomis,Florida | 12/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some sources say that CBS's All In The Family continued as Archie Bunker's Place after the 1978-79 season. Don't you believe that! CBS regularly telecast AITF for the last time on September 16,1979(CBS ran short marathons of AITF in 1991 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the AITF premiere). Then Archie Bunker(the late great Carroll O'Connor) was spun off on ABP. In 1977,Archie purchased Kelsey's Bar in his hometown of Queens,New York from an ailing Tommy Kelsey,portrayed by Bob Hastings. Archie,who previously was a loading dock worker,reopened the pub as Archie Bunker's Place. At the beginning of ABP,he hired a few new employees,a Hispanic young man named Jose(ho zay) and an Irish woman named Veronica Rooney(Anne Meara,wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben Stiller). The once-prejudiced Archie is now an equal opportunity employer. The old Kelsey's gang is still here,one of them being Archie's buddy Barney Hefner(Allen Melvoin). Rounding out the ABP cast is Jason Wingreen as Harry,another one of Kelsey's gang,Danielle Brisebois as niece Stephanie Mills and of course Jean Stapleton as Archie's "dingbat" wife Edith who stuck around for one more season(this one). There was very little seen of Edith this season and also for the next three seasons,the Bunkers' home at 704 Hauser Street. Brisebois joined AITF at the beginning of AITF's ninth and final season,filling the vacancy left by Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers who left after the previous season. Stapleton felt that she had exhausted her character and it was written that Edith had suddenly died of a stroke in her sleep. The most memorable highlights from this season are when the Bunkers' "little goil" Gloria(Struthers) and her college professor husband Michael "Meathead" Stivic(Reiner) come to the Bunkers' home from the Stivics' Santa Barbara,California home for Thanksgiving. Michael was fired from his job for participating in a protest in the nude against nuclear energy(a major issue in 1979). And of course,there was the Stivics' young son Joey in tow. This episode was a sequel to a three-part AITF episode from December 1978 when Archie,Edith and Stephanie travel to the Stivics' home for Christmas. By the Thanksgiving episode,the Stivics were back together after a brief separation(they were separated in the Christmas episode). Also,remember the AITF episode where the late Sammy Davis Jr. guest-starred? Well,Davis comes to Archie's for some dinner(the pub was expanded to a short order restaurant) one day and unfortunately,the meal was so lousy that he required medical attention. The black nurse told Archie,"Are you the honky who served this man a lousy meal?". Archie says,"That wasn't very nice! Did you hear what she called me?" In the AITF episode,someone took a picture of Sammy kissing Archie and in this episode,it was the reverse. In 1983,CBS suddenly decided to pull the plug on ABP,which didn't by then have much viewership as another sitcom with a similar setting,NBC's Cheers. O'Connor was so infuriated that he solemnly vowed never to work for CBS again. Following the twelve-year portrayal of Archie Bunker,O'Connor moved on to become the star of the NBC police drama IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT in 1988. O'Connor had creative control of the drama's production for the six years it ran. He also had creative control of ABP,because CBS felt he deserved it,after being nominated for and winning a multitude of Emmys for his portrayal. By the way,during the run of ABP,another spinoff was born. Struthers reprised her AITF role,this time as a veterinarian's assistant. Gloria,now divorced from Michael(he left her unmercifully),is back in New York residentially with Joey. Once again,she's not too far away from her widowed father. GLORIA ran for only one season,in 1982-83. I dedicate this item to the memory of O'Connor(August 2,1924-June 21,2001)."
Continuity Gap and Goofy Grin Aside, This One is Worth It!
BRADLEY R HUTSON | Illinois | 02/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not sure why Sony Home Entertainment decided to start releasing "Archie Bunker's Place" on DVD before "All in the Family" was finished, nor do I know why they picked such a goofy-looking picture of Archie to put on the cover (What's up with that grin? He looks like a doofus!). However, I will still be purchasing this box set to go along with the AITF sets. Even though it's not as good as the original series, it's still worthy to own, especially when the episodes are the original uncut versions. As usual, Amazon is the best place to buy it from since it's cheaper than the brick and mortar stores and there's free shipping to boot! Buying this release will only serve to give the publisher more faith in anything with Archie Bunker, so the rest of the AITF seasons might not be too far behind. So, here's a good place to cast your vote for it! You'll enjoy this set for sure."
Better than I remember
Dan Curtis Fan | 06/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the set and was very surprised to find that the episodes were much better than I remember them. I have to admit that they do not compare with the early All in the Family episodes, but neither do the later All in the Family episodes. But none the less, I am glad they are on DVD and am glad that I purchased them. Does anyone know if the second season will be available soon?"
F. ABCARIUS | Montreal, Canada | 05/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I own every "All In The Family" season box set out on the market and started collecting the "Archie Bunker's Place" season box sets. Can someone please explain to me why we still get edited versions??? I thought the idea behind dvd is that we are supposed to get commercial free and unedited versions. To my knowledge, even All in the Family has a few edited episodes. Why are they doing this? It is frustrating."