All in the Family's 40 greatest episodes

by dwgbarrie | created - 11 Sep 2011 | updated - 24 Nov 2011 | Public

These are my 40 picks for the best episodes of All in the Family on its 40th anniversary year (2011).

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1. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Sammy's Visit (1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The classic tale about the time Sammy Davis Jr. stopped by to visit the Bunkers. It begins with a briefcase he left in Archie's cab ... and ends with the kiss of infamy.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 254

2. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Two's a Crowd (1978)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Mike and Archie get locked together in the storage room at Archie's Place and have a long talk.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 96

3. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: The Bunkers and the Swingers (1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Edith answers a magazine personal ad from a couple seeking new friends ... unaware that they engage in a swinging lifestyle.

Directors: Bob LaHendro, John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 158

4. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie Is Branded (1973)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie thinks a swastika painted on his door may be juvenile pranksters, but Mike is concerned that the Bunkers' home may have been mistaken for the residence of a Jewish radical.

Directors: Bob LaHendro, John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 171

5. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Henry's Farewell (1973)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Louise is planning a farewell party for Henry who is moving away to start his own business. The problem is that she can't get George to attend because he won't set foot in a white man's ... See full summary »

Directors: Bob LaHendro, John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 92

6. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie and the Editorial (1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Norman Campbell | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 129

7. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood (1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie and several neighbors learn that a black family is moving into the neighborhood, unaware that it is the Jeffersons. Lionel finds out about the effort to purchase the Jeffersons' new house and gets Archie to reveal his plans.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 171

8. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: The Stivics Go West (1978)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Saying goodbye to Mike and Gloria proves traumatic for the Bunkers. Before they leave for their new life in California, Mike and Gloria share some long-hidden feelings, confused tears, and much, much more with Archie and Edith.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 101

9. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Edith's 50th Birthday (1977)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party for Edith to celebrate her 50th birthday. But an unwelcome visitor to the Bunker's home - while Edith is home alone - has a much different surprise in mind for the Bunker matriarch.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 146

10. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Edith's 50th Birthday (1977)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

Edith encounters a life-threatening rapist on her 50th birthday.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 117

11. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Flashback: Mike Meets Archie (1971)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

On their first anniversary, Mike and Gloria reminisce (in flashback) the first time Gloria brought the Meathead home to meet the man that would become his father-in-law.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 131

12. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie in the Lock-Up (1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Mike and Lionel decide to become part of an anti-war protest, but it isn't until they leave that Gloria gets the news that the situation is turning violent. She and Edith urge Archie to go ... See full summary »

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 129

13. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Edith Writes a Song (1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Edith writes a poem and gets a letter from a company that wants to turn it into a song for only $30. Archie buys a "dog alarm" and a gun to protect the house all for only $60. The family ... See full summary »

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 136

14. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Cousin Maude's Visit (1971)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Edith's liberal cousin, Maude Findlay, arrives to help in caring for a flu-ridden Archie and Mike.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 176

15. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: The Draft Dodger (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

It's Christmas again and the Bunker's are preparing for their holiday meal with Archie's buddy Pinky. Mike's old friend David Brewster drops by unexpectedly and Mike is concerned because he... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 143

16. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie and Edith Alone (1972)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

When Mike and Gloria are gone, Archie and Edith get a chance to share quality time at home alone.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 103

17. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Edith's Problem (1972)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Edith's irritability as of late may be a sign of her going through menopause. Archie is frustrated when he finds out she can't possibly have her "change of life" in 30 seconds.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 175

18. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Mike's Problem (1971)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Mike's anxiety over his upcoming college exams causes him to temporarily become sexually impotent.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 107

19. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie's Chair (1977)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

After Mike accidentally breaks Archie's chair he has it repaired, however it mistakenly gets thrown out and ends up in an art exhibit.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 87

20. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Judging Books by Covers (1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie is irritated at Mike's offbeat friend, who dresses and behaves in a way that leads him to mistakenly conclude he is a homosexual. But Archie soon learns that one of his best friends is gay.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 238

21. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie in the Cellar (1973)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

When the rest of the family is away for the weekend, Archie accidentally locks himself in the basement, and has only a tape recorder and a bottle of vodka to keep him entertained.

Directors: Bob LaHendro, John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 123

22. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: George and Archie Make a Deal (1974)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Archie becomes suspicious when political office-seeker George is suddenly very nice to him.

Director: Wes Kenney | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 80

23. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie and the KKK: Part 1 (1977)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

A power outage and reports of looting in the city prompt Mike to write a letter to the editor about how greedy governments do the same in the name of free enterprise. At the bar, Archie ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 90

24. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie and the KKK: Part 2 (1977)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Archie learns that Gordie and Mitch - the two men he met earlier at his bar - plan to burn a cross on the Stivic's lawn and must come up with a way to stop them. When Archie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 84

25. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Stretch Cunningham, Goodbye (1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie is shocked when his coworker Stretch has died after cavorting with a young woman. Asked to give the eulogy, he enlists Mike's help, requesting Bible references. But the biggest shock comes at the funeral.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 91

26. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: The Games Bunkers Play (1973)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Mike refuses to accept constructive criticism during a group therapy board game.

Directors: Bob LaHendro, John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 108

27. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie's Brief Encounter: Parts 1 & 2 (1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his amorous advances and dashes off to the Sunshine Home.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Janis Paige, Scott Brady

Votes: 78

28. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie's Brief Encounter: Parts 1 & 2 (1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his amorous advances and dashes off to the Sunshine Home. Janis Paige guest stars as Denise,... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 75

29. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie's Brief Encounter: Part 3 (1976)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Episode #137 - And estranged Archie and Edith are determined to prove to each other that they are perfectly content going their separate ways, in the conclusion of a three-part presentation... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 72

30. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie Gives Blood (1971)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie and Mike donate blood, sparking heated discussions on race, modern medicine, and God's will.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 182

31. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Joey's Baptism (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Archie is determined to baptize Joey, especially over Mike's express wishes against it. When Edith begins refusing to allow Archie to be with Joey alone (knowing what will happen), Archie begins getting very sneaky.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 79

32. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Edith's Christmas Story (1973)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

On Christmas Day, Edith tells Gloria that she has found a lump in her breast and worries that she may have cancer.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 89

33. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Lionel's Engagement (1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The Bunkers, Stivics and Jeffersons attend Lionel's engagement party. His fiancée is a young woman whose father is white and mother is black, much to the chagrin of Archie and (especially) George.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 125

34. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Mr. Edith Bunker (1976)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Edith saves a man's life and becomes a local celebrity much to Archie's annoyance.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 82

35. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie Eats and Runs (1974)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Archie learns that the canned mushrooms he just ate may have been part of a product recall because of reports of food poisoning. Mike urges Archie to investigate, but Archie decides he's sick and needs hospital treatment.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 95

36. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Edith's Night Out (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Edith takes matters into her own hands when Archie continually refuses to treat his wife to one night out on the town. An evening at Kelsey's Bar shows Archie that Edith is no social wallflower.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 90

37. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Archie's Contract (1974)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

A man comes by the house claiming that The Bunker's have a problem with heat loss in their home. He bars up the basement, and has Archie sign a contract for aluminum siding that he says he ... See full summary »

Director: Wes Kenney | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 84

38. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Gloria's Boyfriend (1974)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Archie learns that the mentally disabled have some real abilities, not to mention savvy, when he causes Gloria's friend, a stock boy at Ferguson's Market, to lose his job. The young man then finds himself another job.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 109

39. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Pay the Twenty Dollars (1974)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

George Jefferson storms into the house, demanding Archie to explain why he paid him using a counterfeit $20 bill.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 100

40. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Everybody Does It (1975)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Archie's sense of morality is questioned when he borrows tools and equipment from work in order to complete a home repair project.

Director: Wes Kenney | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 80



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