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TV Shows - Archie Bunker's Place

Archie Bunker's Place is an American sitcom originally broadcast on the CBS network, conceived in 1979 as a continuation of All in the Family. While not as popular, the show maintained a large enough audience to last four seasons, ending its run in 1983. The major difference in the continuation is that, although some of the scenes were set in the Bunker home long familiar to viewers, most of the stories were set at Archie Bunker's Place, the neighborhood tavern Archie Bunker Carroll O'Connor purchased in 1977 in the eighth season premiere of All in the Family. He had purchased what was then known as Kelcy's Bar from former proprietor Tommy Kelsey when Kelcy's health declined. During the premiere of Archie Bunker's Place, he takes on a Jewish partner, Murray Klein Martin Balsam when coowner Harry Snowden decides to sell his share of the business. Early in the first season, to increase his clientele, Archie and Murray build a restaurant onto the bar; the additions include a separate seating area for the restaurant and a well equipped kitchen with service window. The regular patrons are Barney Hefner, Hank Pivnik, and Edgar Van Ranseleer.

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1 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 So, they decided to start the very first episode of the very first season by killing the most beloved television mom of all time. Boo! Hiss! Boo! Hiss! I know Jean Stapleton wanted to go but why not just have her move in with Gloria and take care of Joey? That way she's out of the show but the character lives! Jeez! Talk about stupid decisions! -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on March 28, 2013, 4:08 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 It started out OK, but when Martin Balsam left the show, it boned. The Murray Klein character was a decent "liberal foil" for Archie at the bar. When he left, they made Archie more liberal....probably too liberal for the audience's own good. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on September 10, 2012, 10:21 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 An indicitive moment of how the spinoff was not very good was the fact that Archie was a different character. I remember the episode where Sammy Davis Junior came back and Archie surprised Sammy by kissing him. It was indicitive of the watered down Archie and the lack of originality. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 5:43 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 "All In The Family" had (both directly and indirectly) spawned a couple of successful spin-offs. This wasn't one of them. -- Submitted By: (TheTruth) on March 25, 2011, 6:08 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Yeah, they should have quit while they were ahead. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on December 27, 2010, 11:52 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I knew an unseen Edith would have been stupid the moment I posted my suggestion, and the only reason I suggested it was because it would have been kinder than killing her off. More or less, they wanted to bone, and I suggested one helping of slaw instead of two. If people were told Jean didn't want to be in the show, they may have been more understanding (although they'd go, "Edith never appears? What next, Archie finds a magic elf who joins the cast of Archie's Place and gets them into wacky adventures?"). The best solution, by far, would have been to scrap it. If you can't get all the main characters, it's time to put this puppy to sleep. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on December 24, 2010, 9:15 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Exactly. How many years (heck, forget years--how many *weeks*) would a 'heard but not seen' Edith have worked? That would have been a plot device that would've started to look ridiculous very quickly. -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on December 24, 2010, 7:37 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Robert, you could say that, but on the flip side, making such a prominent character an unseen one just reeks right off the bat. I could see that for someone that wasn't a big part of the show, but someone like Edith, it had to be all or nothing. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on December 23, 2010, 3:20 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 While I understand they had to find a way to write off Edith after Stapleton had enough, surely they could have found a kinder and better solution than death. They could have gotten around it by turning her into an unseen character. While the events at work take place, Edith would be at home. During the scenes where Archie is at home, Edith would be nowhere to be found. Instead, there would be a note from her, saying she had to go to the store or somewhere else. Archie could also get phone calls from her during work. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on December 23, 2010, 1:43 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Exactly, Pelirojo. Since the focus of Archie Bunker's Place was more on the bar/restaurant instead of around the Bunker household, Stapleton's appearances were few and far between. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on December 20, 2010, 9:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I'd agree, Robert- except that Jean Stapleton herself was sick of doing the character and essentially had had to be dragged in to do it on a fairly occassional basis the last year or so. Since Edith Bunker would have NEVER left Archie, I can't imagine how else they could have had her exit the show besides dying. Still, it would have been better for all concerned had Carroll O'Connor had simply retired the concept when the other three main performers left (and, it's interesting that, after the series[plural] finally gasped its last, he'd have the most success as a performer of the four). All in all, it simply would have been better had they ended 'AITF' when Mike and Gloria amscrayed. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on December 18, 2010, 2:31 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Jean Stapleton wanted to leave the show. After a decade of playing Edith, she felt she'd done as much with the character as she possibly could and wanted to go on to other things. The producers didn't have much choice other than to kill her off, since there wasn't much else that could've been done to plausibly explain Edith's absence for that long, short of their divorcing, which the audience would hardly have accepted. Carroll O'Connor, on the other hand, was ready to continue on with the show, and since it was still getting solid ratings, it was felt basically "why not"? In the beginning of the post-Edith era, I thought it still wasn't too bad, but it did JTS for me when they had Archie adopt that kid. That's when everyone concerned with the show should've realized it was time to call it quits. -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on December 18, 2010, 8:48 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Exactly right Robert I couldn't agree more. The other thing of course was having mIke and Gloria move away. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on December 18, 2010, 3:43 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 IMO, killing off Edith was unnecessary and stupid. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on December 17, 2010, 8:19 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Archie Bunker's Place was clearly an inferior spin-off from All in the Family - the only highlight this show had was Archie coming to terms regarding Edith's passing (Carroll O'Connor won a Peabody Award for that scene). That aside, very little, if anything else, worth remembering. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on December 17, 2010, 12:47 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 "All In the Family" without the family. Doomed from the start. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on October 9, 2010, 1:06 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Inferior to the show it spun off from (All in the Family) and inferior to a fellow spin off (The Jeffersons). Double fail! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on August 4, 2010, 7:07 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Talk about beating a dead horse...this show was D.O.A. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on August 4, 2010, 11:22 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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