All in the Family

Season 1 Episode 1

Meet the Bunkers

Aired Unknown Jan 12, 1971 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Throughout the series, Archie Bunker's brand of beer was never revealed.

    • The type of person Alf Garnet, Archie Bunker's counterpart in the original British version, hated most was catholics of irish descent. This is ironic because Archie Bunker was played by actor Caroll O'Connor who was irish catholic himself.

    • All in the Family was based on the British television series, Til Death Us Do Part.

    • Carroll O Connor (Archie) co-wrote the closing theme to All in the Family - "Remembering You."

    • The penultimate line of the theme song is "Gee, our old La Salle ran great." Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton slurred the line some, and the La Salle brand was not much remembered (it's a car), so few people could make sense of this line. In later seasons the opening theme was re shot and Stapleton pronounced the line phonetically "Gee..our..old..La Salle..ran..great" so that people could understand it easier.

    • "Meet the Bunkers" was actually the third "All in the Family" pilot filmed, although the only one aired in the '70s. ABC had filmed one under the title "And Justice for All" with Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Justice and two other actors in the Mike and Gloria roles (Mike was Irish in this version) When ABC passed on the series, CBS filmed a pilot more or less like the aired version, but still with two other actors in the Mike and Gloria roles. These pilots remained unbroadcast until 1998 when TVLand aired one of them as part of its celebration of gaining the rights to air the show in its line-up.

    • Their doorbell is totally different from the rest of the series,including the flashback story of when Mike and Archie first met.

  • Quotes

    • Mike: Now I suppose you're going to tell me that the black man has had the same opportunities in this country as you?
      Archie: More. He's had more. I didn't have no million people out there marching and protesting to get me my job.
      Edith: No. His uncle got it for him.

    • Archie: (complaining about the shortness of Gloria's miniskirt) Every time you sit down, the mystery's over.

    • Archie: When your mother-in-law and me was going around together, it was two years - we never - I never - I mean absolutely nothing, not 'til the wedding night.
      Edith: Yeah, and even then...

    • Archie: Oh my God, what a dingbat!

  • Notes

    • This episode was videotaped on December 15, 1970.

    • Gloria calls Edith mom and Archie dad in this episode, but throughout the series, Gloria calls Edith ma and Archie daddy.

    • This episode was voted #10 on "TVLand's Top 10 - All in the Family Episodes", originally aired 1/14/06

    • Mike Evans makes his first appearance in the recurring role of Lionel Jefferson.

    • Edith makes a very uncharacteristic remark in this episode, sarcastically calling Archie "Mr. Religion". This bit of dialog is most likely a hold over from the adaption of the original British script from "Till Death Us Do Part", in which the mother character is MUCH more openly sarcastic to the Alf father character.

    • It's rather surprising that here in a pilot many of the series' most popular catch-phrases and/or set-ups begin:
      1. Gloria's mini-skirts.
      2. Archie-ism's.
      3. Archie calling Edith a "Pip".
      4. Referencing Reverend Felcher.
      5. Archie says "Turlet" for toilet.
      6. Archie & Michael's disagreements.
      7. Michael's athiesm.
      8. Archie calling Edith a "Dingbat".
      9. Archie calling Gloria a "Little Goil".
      10. Archie's anti-semitism without realizing he's being anti-semitic.
      11. Archie confusing peopls names (i.e. Feinstein/Feinberg).
      12. Archie's racism without realizing he's being racist.
      13. Lionel acting silly to get the better of Archie without him realizing it.
      14. Archie calling Michael a "Pollack".

    • First ever Archie-ism (where Archie says the wrong word or a non-word): In my day, we was able to keep certain things in the proper SUSPECTIVE (perspective).

  • Allusions