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"All In The Family" - How Many More Seasons Will You Buy?


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#1 of 29 Scott Temple

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Posted April 25 2005 - 07:53 AM

I watched the two hour E! True Hollywood Story on AITF this morning and I got to thinking about future DVD releases of this show. We've already got seasons 1-4 on DVD. We still need DVD releases of seasons 5-9. In September 1979 the name of the show was changed to "Archie Bunker's Place." Some people consider ABP to be a different show than AITF, but I maintain it's the same show with a different name, a different setting, and some new characters. If ABP was a spin-off it would have happened while AITF was still on the air, but it didn't. AITF morphed into ABP. Also, there wasn't a lot of "down time" between AITF and ABP. Just the summer (1979). AITF ended in the Spring of '79. ABP was on by September '79. Just like any regular season. Anyway, my point is that if Sony Pictures Home Entertainment eventually releases all 9 seasons of AITF on DVD, do you think they'll continue by releasing ABP on DVD? Also, for those of you buying the season sets - How many seasons are you going to buy? Myself? I'd like to have all 13 years/seasons on DVD. All the way up to the April 4, 1983 series finale. Here are the remaining episodes to be released on DVD.

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Season 5

86. 5- 1 504 14 Sep 74 The Bunkers and Inflation (1)
87. 5- 2 505 21 Sep 74 The Bunkers and Inflation (2) (aka Archie Underfoot)
88. 5- 3 506 28 Sep 74 The Bunkers and Inflation (3) (aka Edith the Job Hunter)
89. 5- 4 507 5 Oct 74 The Bunkers and Inflation (4) (aka Archie's Raise)
90. 5- 5 509 12 Oct 74 Lionel the Live-In
91. 5- 6 510 19 Oct 74 Archie's Helping Hand
92. 5- 7 511 26 Oct 74 Gloria's Shock
93. 5- 8 501 2 Nov 74 Where's Archie? (1)
94. 5- 9 502 9 Nov 74 Where's Archie? (2) (aka Archie is Missing)
95. 5-10 503 16 Nov 74 The Longest Kiss
96. 5-11 513 23 Nov 74 Archie and the Miracle
97. 5-12 514 30 Nov 74 George and Archie Make a Deal
98. 5-13 515 7 Dec 74 Archie's Contract
99. 5-14 508 14 Dec 74 Mike's Friend
100. 5-15 516A 21 Dec 74 The Best of All in the Family (1)
101. 5-16 516B 21 Dec 74 The Best of All in the Family (2)
102. 5-17 517 4 Jan 75 Prisoner in the House
103. 5-18 512 11 Jan 75 The Jeffersons Move Up
104. 5-19 518 18 Jan 75 All's Fair
105. 5-20 519 25 Jan 75 Amelia's Divorce
106. 5-21 520 8 Feb 75 Everybody Does It
107. 5-22 521 15 Feb 75 Archie and the Quiz
108. 5-23 522 22 Feb 75 Edith's Friend
109. 5-24 523 1 Mar 75 No Smoking
110. 5-25 524 8 Mar 75 Mike Makes His Move

Season 6

111. 6- 1 605 8 Sep 75 The Very Moving Day
112. 6- 2 606 15 Sep 75 Alone at Last
113. 6- 3 602 22 Sep 75 Archie, the Donor
114. 6- 4 601 29 Sep 75 Archie, the Hero
115. 6- 5 608 6 Oct 75 Mike's Pains
116. 6- 6 603 20 Oct 75 Chain Letter
117. 6- 7 609 27 Oct 75 Mike Faces Life
118. 6- 8 604 3 Nov 75 Edith Breaks Out
119. 6- 9 610 10 Nov 75 Grandpa Blues
120. 6-10 611 17 Nov 75 Gloria Suspects Mike
121. 6-11 607 24 Nov 75 The Little Atheist
122. 6-12 612 1 Dec 75 Archie's Civil Rights
123. 6-13 614 8 Dec 75 Gloria is Nervous
124. 6-14 616 15 Dec 75 The Baby (1)
125. 6-15 617 22 Dec 75 The Baby (2)
126. 6-16 615 5 Jan 76 New Year's Wedding
127. 6-17 613 12 Jan 76 Archie, the Babysitter
128. 6-18 618 26 Jan 76 Archie Finds a Friend
129. 6-19 619 2 Feb 76 Mike's Move
130. 6-20 620 9 Feb 76 Archie's Weighty Problem
131. 6-21 621 16 Feb 76 Love by Appointment
132. 6-22 622 23 Feb 76 Joey's Baptism
133. 6-23 623 1 Mar 76 Gloria and Mike's House Guests
134. 6-24 624 8 Mar 76 Edith's Night Out

Season 7

135. 7- 1 702 22 Sep 76 Archie's Brief Encounter (1)
136. 7- 2 705 22 Sep 76 Archie's Brief Encounter (2)
137. 7- 3 706 29 Sep 76 Archie's Brief Encounter (3)
138. 7- 4 703 6 Oct 76 The Unemployment Story (1)
139. 7- 5 704 13 Oct 76 The Unemployment Story (2)
140. 7- 6 707 27 Oct 76 Archie's Operation (1)
141. 7- 7 708 27 Oct 76 Archie's Operation (2)
142. 7- 8 711 6 Nov 76 Beverly Rides Again
143. 7- 9 710 13 Nov 76 Teresa Moves In
144. 7-10 709 20 Nov 76 Mike and Gloria's Will
145. 7-11 712 27 Nov 76 Mr. Edith Bunker
146. 7-12 701 4 Dec 76 Archie's Secret Passion
147. 7-13 714 11 Dec 76 The Baby Contest
148. 7-14 713 18 Dec 76 Gloria's False Alarm
149. 7-15 715 25 Dec 76 The Draft Dodger
150. 7-16 717 8 Jan 77 The Boarder Patrol
151. 7-17 716 15 Jan 77 Archie's Chair
152. 7-18 718 22 Jan 77 Mike Goes Skiing
153. 7-19 719 29 Jan 77 Stretch Cunningham, Goodbye
154. 7-20 720 5 Feb 77 The Joys of Sex
155. 7-21 721 12 Feb 77 Mike, the Pacifist
156. 7-22 722 19 Feb 77 Fire
157. 7-23 723 26 Feb 77 Mike and Gloria Split
158. 7-24 724 5 Mar 77 Archie, the Liberal
159. 7-25 725 12 Mar 77 Archie's Dog Day Afternoon

Season 8

160. 8- 1 803 2 Oct 77 Archie Gets the Business (1)
161. 8- 2 804 2 Oct 77 Archie Gets the Business (2)
162. 8- 3 801 9 Oct 77 Cousin Liz
163. 8- 4 805 16 Oct 77 Edith's 50th Birthday (1)
164. 8- 5 807 16 Oct 77 Edith's 50th Birthday (2)
165. 8- 6 802 23 Oct 77 Unequal Partners
166. 8- 7 808 30 Oct 77 Archie's Grand Opening
167. 8- 8 810 6 Nov 77 Archie's Bitter Pill (1)
168. 8- 9 811 13 Nov 77 Archie's Bitter Pill (2) (aka Archie's Road Back)
169. 8-10 806 27 Nov 77 Archie and the KKK (1)
170. 8-11 809 4 Dec 77 Archie and the KKK (2)
171. 8-12 812 11 Dec 77 Mike and Gloria Meet
172. 8-13 813 25 Dec 77 Edith's Crisis of Faith (1)
173. 8-14 814 25 Dec 77 Edith's Crisis of Faith (2)
174. 8-15 815 8 Jan 78 The Commercial
175. 8-16 817 15 Jan 78 Super Bowl Sunday
176. 8-17 816 22 Jan 78 Aunt Iola's Visit
177. 8-18 818 5 Feb 78 Love Comes to the Butcher
178. 8-19 819 12 Feb 78 Two's a Crowd
179. 8-20 820 19 Feb 78 Stalemates
180. 8-21 821 26 Feb 78 The Brother
181. 8-22 822 5 Mar 78 Mike's New Job
182. 8-23 823 12 Mar 78 The Dinner Guest
183. 8-24 824 19 Mar 78 The Stivics Go West

Season 9

184. 9- 1 904 24 Sep 78 Little Miss Bunker
185. 9- 2 901 1 Oct 78 End in Sight
186. 9- 3 902 8 Oct 78 Reunion on Hauser Street
187. 9- 4 906 15 Oct 78 What'll We Do with Stephanie?
188. 9- 5 905 22 Oct 78 Edith's Final Respects
189. 9- 6 903 29 Oct 78 Weekend in the Country
190. 9- 7 907 5 Nov 78 Archie's Other Wife
191. 9- 8 908 19 Nov 78 Edith Versus the Bank
192. 9- 9 909 26 Nov 78 Return of the Waitress
193. 9-10 911 3 Dec 78 Bogus Bills
194. 9-11 912 10 Dec 78 The Bunkers Go West
195. 9-12 914 17 Dec 78 California, Here We Are (1)
196. 9-13 915 17 Dec 78 California, Here We Are (2)
197. 9-14 910 7 Jan 79 A Night at the PTA
198. 9-15 916 14 Jan 79 A Girl Like Edith
199. 9-16 913 21 Jan 79 The Appendectomy
200. 9-17 917 28 Jan 79 Stephanie and the Crime Wave
201. 9-18 919 4 Feb 79 Barney, the Gold Digger
202. 9-19 922 11 Feb 79 The Return of Archie's Brother
203. 9-20 918 18 Feb 79 Stephanie's Conversation
204. 9-21 920 25 Feb 79 Edith Gets Fired
205. 9-22 4 Mar 79 All in the Family Retrospective (1)
206. 9-23 4 Mar 79 All in the Family Retrospective (2)
207. 9-24 4 Mar 79 All in the Family Retrospective (3)
208. 9-25 921 11 Mar 79 The Family Next Door
209. 9-26 923 25 Mar 79 The Return of Stephanie's Father
210. 9-27 924 8 Apr 79 Too Good Edith

Archie Bunker's Place Season 1 (Season 10)

1. 1- 1 101 23 Sep 79 Archie's New Partner (1)
2. 1- 2 102 23 Sep 79 Archie's New Partner (2)
3. 1- 3 104 30 Sep 79 Edith Gets Hired
4. 1- 4 103 7 Oct 79 Archie and the Oldest Profession
5. 1- 5 106 14 Oct 79 Edith vs. the Energy Crisis
6. 1- 6 111 21 Oct 79 Bosom Partners
7. 1- 7 109 28 Oct 79 Building the Restaurant
8. 1- 8 110 4 Nov 79 The Cook
9. 1- 9 112 11 Nov 79 Murray and the Liquor Board
10. 1-10 107 18 Nov 79 Thanksgiving Reunion (1)
11. 1-11 108 18 Nov 79 Thanksgiving Reunion (2)
12. 1-12 113 25 Nov 79 Barney and the Hooker
13. 1-13 114 2 Dec 79 Man of the Year
14. 1-14 105 9 Dec 79 The Shabbat Dinner
15. 1-15 115 16 Dec 79 Barney's Lawsuit
16. 1-16 117 30 Dec 79 Blanche and Murray
17. 1-17 116 6 Jan 80 Murray's Daughter
18. 1-18 118 27 Jan 80 The Ambush
19. 1-19 119 3 Feb 80 The Return of Sammy
20. 1-20 120 10 Feb 80 Archie Fixes Up Fred
21. 1-21 121 17 Feb 80 Father and Daughter Night
22. 1-22 122 2 Mar 80 Van Ranseleer's Operation
23. 1-23 123 9 Mar 80 Veronica's Ex
24. 1-24 124 23 Mar 80 A Small Mafia Favor

Season 2 (Season 11)

25. 2- 1 201 2 Nov 80 Archie Alone (1)
26. 2- 2 202 2 Nov 80 Archie Alone (2)
27. 2- 3 203 9 Nov 80 Home Again
28. 2- 4 204 16 Nov 80 Hiring the Housekeeper
29. 2- 5 205 23 Nov 80 The Wildcat Strike
30. 2- 6 206 30 Nov 80 Veronica and the Health Inspector
31. 2- 7 207 7 Dec 80 Murray's Wife
32. 2- 8 208 14 Dec 80 The Camping Trip
33. 2- 9 209 21 Dec 80 The Incident
34. 2-10 210 4 Jan 81 Custody (1)
35. 2-11 211 11 Jan 81 Custody (2)
36. 2-12 212 1 Feb 81 Barney the Gambler
37. 2-13 213 15 Feb 81 Murray Klein's Place
38. 2-14 214 22 Feb 81 Weekend Away
39. 2-15 215 8 Mar 81 Stephanie's Science Project
40. 2-16 216 15 Mar 81 Tough Love
41. 2-17 217 10 Jan 82 Stephanie's Tryout
42. 2-18 218 29 Mar 81 The Trashing of the Temple
43. 2-19 219 5 Apr 81 La Cage aux Bunker
44. 2-20 220 3 May 81 Death of a Saint (1)
45. 2-21 221 10 May 81 Goodbye, Murray (2)
46. 2-22 222 12 Dec 81 Stephanie's Dance
47. 2-23 223 18 Oct 81 Norma Rae Bunker
48. 2-24 224 27 Dec 81 The Photo Contest

Season 3 (Season 12)

49. 3- 1 301 4 Oct 81 Billie
50. 3- 2 302 4 Oct 81 The Business Manager
51. 3- 3 303 11 Oct 81 The Date
52. 3- 4 304 25 Oct 81 Harry's Investment
53. 3- 5 305 8 Nov 81 Three's a Crowd
54. 3- 6 306 31 Jan 82 Blind Man's Bluff
55. 3- 7 307 15 Nov 81 Happy Birthday, Stephanie
56. 3- 8 308 29 Nov 81 Growing Up Is Hard to Do (1)
57. 3- 9 309 6 Dec 81 Growing Up Is Hard to Do (2)
58. 3-10 310 17 Jan 82 The Night Visitor
59. 3-11 311 28 Feb 82 Gloria Comes Home (1)
60. 3-12 312 28 Feb 82 Gloria Comes Home (2)
61. 3-13 313 Reggie-3 Archie-0
62. 3-14 314 UNAIRED Gloria -- the First Day
63. 3-15 315 7 Feb 82 A Blast from the Past
64. 3-16 316 21 Feb 82 Sex and the Single Parent
65. 3-17 317 28 Mar 82 The Second Time Around
66. 3-18 318 7 Mar 82 Of Mice and Bunker
67. 3-19 319 14 Mar 82 Relapse
68. 3-20 320 21 Mar 82 Love Is Hell
69. 3-21 321 9 May 82 Death of a Lodger
70. 3-22 322 Billie Moves Out
71. 3-23 323 4 Apr 82 West Side Astoria
72. 3-24 324 16 May 82 The Battle of Bunker III
73. 3-25 325 2 May 82 Rabinowitz's Brother

Season 4 (Season 13)

74. 4- 1 401 10 Oct 82 The Eyewitnesses
75. 4- 2 402 26 Sep 82 Archie's Night Out
76. 4- 3 403 3 Oct 82 Gary's Ex
77. 4- 4 404 17 Oct 82 Double Date
78. 4- 5 405 31 Oct 82 Stay Out of My Briefs
79. 4- 6 406 24 Oct 82 From the Waldorf to Astoria
80. 4- 7 407 9 Jan 83 The Promotion
81. 4- 8 408 7 Nov 82 Break a Leg, Stephanie
82. 4- 9 409 21 Nov 82 Archie Gets a Head
83. 4-10 410 12 Dec 82 Marriage on the Rocks
84. 4-11 411 28 Nov 82 Barney Gets Laid Off
85. 4-12 412 26 Dec 82 Teacher's Pet
86. 4-13 413 19 Dec 82 Father Christmas
87. 4-14 414 2 Jan 83 Captain Video
88. 4-15 415 16 Jan 83 Three Women
89. 4-16 416 23 Jan 83 Relief Bartender
90. 4-17 417 20 Feb 83 I Can Manage
91. 4-18 418 30 Jan 83 The Red Herring
92. 4-19 419 13 Feb 83 The Boys' Night Out
93. 4-20 420 27 Feb 83 Store Wars
94. 4-21 421 13 Mar 83 Bunker Madness
95. 4-22 422 No One Said It Was Easy
96. 4-23 423 28 Mar 83 Small Claims Court
97. 4-24 424 4 Apr 83 I'm Torn Here

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#2 of 29 Eric Peterson

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Posted April 25 2005 - 08:16 AM

I'll buy 'em all. I don't buy much TV product, but what I do, I want to have all of.

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Posted April 25 2005 - 08:16 AM

I'll buy them all as well. While Archie Bunker's Place wasn't quite as good as All in the Family, it was still a really good show. I just wonder if they'll even consider ABP worth releasing. Considering the show doesn't even really air in re-runs anymore. And when it does, they never run for very long.

I'll definatly get all of All in the Family though, even if they never release A.B.'s Place. It's my favorite classic show, and pushed the boundries a great deal for the era. After all, it's chiefly responsible for inspiring modern shows like Married with Children and Family Guy. Posted Image
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Posted April 25 2005 - 08:23 AM

I'll buy it up until Mike and Gloria leave town. I might relent and get the final FAMILY season but no way I'd buy ABP.

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Posted April 25 2005 - 08:41 AM

I bought Season 4, but the picture quality was so bad I sent it back for a refund. Unless they clean up these episodes and re-release this set (which I highly doubt will happen), I'll just stick to The Jeffersons.

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Posted April 25 2005 - 10:21 AM

I know I should say I'd buy them all just to guarantee that they'd all be released, but I'd probably go up to and including season 8 with Mike and Gloria, after they "go west". IMO, the show was never the same without Mike and Gloria.

Dave -- I understand your frustration about the DVD quality (though I still have yet to pick up my own copy of season 4). But my question is -- what's your alternative? I hate like hell when quality is low and the company doesn't appear to care, but aren't those episodes as they appear better than not having them at all?

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Posted April 25 2005 - 02:17 PM

Somehow I don't see myself collecting both series forever, but the 2nd season opener of ABP featured a stellar performance by Carrol O'Connor: Mourning the loss of Edith. I saw it in college with a bunch of other guys. There wasn't a dry eye in the room!

I'd love to see that one again.

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Posted April 25 2005 - 04:32 PM

I would buy all thirteen seasons.

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Posted April 25 2005 - 06:04 PM

BTW, does anyone know who did the "From Television City in Hollywood" opening narration from Season 2-on? It's not included on the Seasons 2-3 sets. I know the announcer from Season One also did the closing "taped before a studio audience", which was done by Rob Reiner in Season 2.

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Posted April 26 2005 - 05:22 AM

Frankly, I thought the show peaked when it featured George Jefferson. He was a great foil for Archie, to say the least!

I bought Season 4 and will get 5; after that, not interested. While I enjoyed watching most of Season 4 (even those episodes without the Jeffersons), the constant bickering and shouting, between Archie and Michael got old -- very quickly!

I did love the group therapy episode where everyone dumped on Michael (or at least, that's how he saw it!). Posted Image


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Posted April 26 2005 - 07:04 AM

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I would buy all thirteen seasons.


The real test is: who would go one step further and buy "Gloria" - if it was ever to be offered.

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Posted April 26 2005 - 10:01 AM

I would probably buy up until Mike and Gloria leave the show. I hated the ones with Stephanie and the Puerto Rican lady (no offense to Liz Torres, but the show was getting REALLY OLD by that time). I never found ABP to be funny AT ALL. GLORIA was so short lived I never really got a chance to watch it.

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Posted April 26 2005 - 12:11 PM

Mike, Gloria, and so Joey did return when Rob Reiner & Sally Struthers guest-starred in a 3-parter in which the Bunkers and Stephanie visited California. It was the 1978 Christmas show. Things didn't work out, because the squabbling Stivics were divorced.

Also early in 1982 on Archie Bunker's Place, Gloria visited Archie, Stephanie, and Billie (Archie's older niece, who was a regular during the last 2 years). Then Sally got her own sitcom Gloria which bombed. Too bad, because Gloria got a job working for a veteraniarian (played by Burgess Meredith)! I watched that show every week when it first aired. Carroll O' Conner didn't have time to guest star as planned, so in one more dramatic episode Gloria is hypnotized to deal with a traumatic event in her childhood! A good excuse for her to talk to "Daddy" even in her mind.

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Posted April 26 2005 - 12:25 PM

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In September 1979 the name of the show was changed to "Archie Bunker's Place." Some people consider ABP to be a different show than AITF, but I maintain it's the same show with a different name, a different setting, and some new characters.
That's true, and Edith was in only 2 episodes of Archie Bunker's Place in the 1979 half of the 1979-80 season because Jean Stapleton was no longer under contract as regular by then -- only as a guest star. At first Archie simply wasn't home as much. Then Edith got a full-time job during the day (when Archie was home). Jean didn't appear after that, so in the 1980 one-hour season opener Archie grieves in a dramatic show in the aftermath of Edith's death.

Actually Bunker bought the bar when Mike & Gloria still lived in the house next next door. That was during the 1977-78 season and originally the name on the door was Archie's Place. Two years later it was changed to Archie Bunker's Place to accomodate the show's new name.

Not all of the characters on ABP were new. Mr VanRanSeleer (the old blind guy played by normal-sighted Bill Quinn), Jason Wingreen as Harry, and Archie's friend Barney Hefner (Allen Melvin) were all seen on All in the Family going back to the season Archie bought the bar. Actually Barney goes back even further than that, when he and Archie worked for a tool and die manufacturer.

A few other trivia bits:

The bar Archie purchased used to be Kelsey's Bar -- which he frequented as a customer to the time All in the Family premiered in 1971.

The house next door: Original owners: The Jeffersons (1971 to 1974). Next owners: Mike and Gloria Stivic (1975 to 1978). Last (??) owner: Barney Hefner (1978 to 1983).

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Posted April 26 2005 - 03:04 PM

Although there are some good episodes in Season 9, the series ends when Mike and Gloria leave for Calfornia. There's even two good episodes of ABP - Edith's death, and Mike and Gloria's Thanksgiving visit - the last time the original four actors appeared together.

Allan Melvin guest-starred as a judge in "Archie in the Lock Up" before he became Barney Hefner (and also had a recurring role on The Brady Bunch!)

Does anyone think that they used the same kitchen set for the Jeffersons, the Lorenzos, and the Stivics?

I don't think Barney lived in the Stivic house - they just used the same living room set. George Jefferson sold it to the Bambinis before Mike and Gloria left. Then the next year he sold it again to another black family.

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Posted April 26 2005 - 03:45 PM

Yes, I forgot The Stivics visted the Bunkers on Thanksgiving in 1979 on a 1 hour episode of "Archie Bunker's Place". It was the last time the 4 original cast members worked together and marked the final appearances of Rob Reiner and Jean Stapleton in the series. However, an episode with Edith taped before this aired just a few weeks later.

I'm pretty sure the Stivics bought the Jefferson house though. They also had Louise Jefferson sell it for them months after they moved to California (Isabel Sanford guest starred in a 1979 episode of All in the Family).

#17 of 29 Dan McW

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Posted April 26 2005 - 04:27 PM

To me, AITF didn't seem as funny after it went from being taped before a studio audience to where you had the "AITF was played before a studio audience for live responses" spoken (by O'Connor, IIRC) over the end credits. I suppose this is just a coincidence, as this decline coincided with in-show developments mentioned above: Archie-Mike arguments were getting old, and Mike and Gloria had or were about to leave the show. The "live-response" laughter seemed to be weaker, as if the audience was smaller (or the jokes not as funny!). Also, sometimes it seems that sitcom actors don't work as hard when there's no audience in the studio to play to.

Although most of the classic shows I like happen to have a studio audience, one show that went away from that but still seemed to be just as funny (if not funnier) was Barney Miller.

BTW, I'd buy the whole series and all of its spin-offs (Maude, anyone?).

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Posted April 26 2005 - 05:50 PM

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All in the Family was played before a studio audience for live responses
Dan, both AITF and Archie Bunker's Place were always taped before a live studio audience, and the audience was usually a full one even in the later years!

O' Connor's comment above was only during the final season of All in the Family (1978-79) as a JOKE to show how poor Archie Bunker's command of the English language was! Posted Image Besides, since Rob Reiner had left the show they felt they needed someone else to mention that the show was taped in front of an audience so they got Carroll.

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Posted April 26 2005 - 06:03 PM

Not to dispute you, but why is there such a distinct alteration in the sound of the audience laughter during these years (and I speak only of AITF, as I haven't seen much of ABP in years)? Different studio? No "sweetening" of any kind (not that AITF needed it)? I'm going by my Columbia House tapes, which include several of these later episodes. To me, it's like night and day--the laughter is much weaker and closer to canned laughter than real audience laughter. Plus, I thought perhaps that one of these "live responses" years came before Reiner and Struthers left.

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Posted April 27 2005 - 01:27 AM

I used to watch the series (both versions) all the time during the original run, and also occasionally in reruns of both. I never heard any major differences in the sounds of the audiences. Then again, every audience is different so not all live laughs are going to be the same.

Although sometimes at tapings of sitcoms the audiences usually have to be prompted to laugh anyway when a "LAUGH" sign is lighted up or held up Posted Image


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