All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood 

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.


John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Don Nicholl | 2 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
Vincent Gardenia ... Jim Bowman
Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson


Widower Jim Bowman decides to sell his house, which is next door to Archie. However, the family that Bowman sells his house to happens to be Lionel's parents, George and Louise Jefferson. Now Archie tries to get together with the rest of his neighbors to by the property from the Jeffersons before they take the first step to integrating Hauser Street. Written by Brian Washington <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

2 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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


This was the first appearance of Louise Jefferson, played by Isabel Sanford. See more »


Lionel says that his new household includes him, his parents and his aunt, but later his Uncle Henry is the only other resident and no "aunt" is ever mentioned again. See more »


Archie: [Archie is explaining to Lionel why blacks shouldn't move into the neighborhood] They ain't gonna be happy here. What are they gonna do? What are they gonna do for recreation? There ain't a crap game or a pool hall in the whole neighborhood. There ain't a chicken shack or a rib joint within miles.
Lionel Jefferson: No ribs? Lawd All Mighty, what is we gonna do?
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References Julia (1968) See more »

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The Bunkers get new neighbors
26 October 2017 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Archie finds out a black family is moving next door and he wants to get them out.

A funny early episode, Vincent Gardenia shows up as Jim Bowman,the guy who sells his house to the Jeffersons and has to face Archie. There is a funny awkward moment when Archie and Louise Jefferson meet for the first time, all he can think of to say is ask her about the "Julia" show,a sitcom starring black actress Diahann Carroll, Louise just asks him how he liked Doris Day.Even funnier is when he finds out she is the one who bought the house next door and she cheerfully says "Hi neighbor!" The look on his face is priceless.

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