Archie Bunker's Place

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Archie Bunker's Place was a CBS sitcom that had previously been known as All in the Family. In 1979, All in the Family was retooled, and renamed as Archie Bunker's Place. While not as popular as All in the Family, the show was popular enough with fans to last four seasons, until 1983. Some sources consider it to be a separate series, while others consider it to be a continuation of the earlier program.

In this series, Archie Bunker had purchased his favorite tavern, Kelsey's Place, from its owner when his health declined. Archie soon renamed the tavern Archie's Place. While the house was still seen from time to time, more of the action took place at the bar, which served as a sounding board for Archie's views. This series was very similar to a 1950s radio and TV sitcom called Duffy's Tavern which also featured a blue collar tavern owner named Archie who commented on life and society with a group of colorful characters.

Main Characters

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  • Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker, a bigoted blue-collar worker whose ignorant stubbornness tends to cause his arguments to self-destruct. By the time of Archie Bunker's Place, however, the character has mellowed somewhat and is no longer as explicitly bigoted as he had been during All in the Family, even agreeing to go into business with a Jewish man.
  • Jean Stapleton continued to play Edith "Dingbat" Bunker, Archie's traditional but at times outspoken wife. Edith was seen occasionally through the first season, and then Stapleton decided to leave the series. At that point, Edith was written out as having suffered a heart attack and died off camera, leaving Archie to deal with the death of his beloved "Dingbat." Eventually, Archie began dating again.
  • Martin Balsam as Murray Klein. Murray was Archie's Jewish partner, who held similar liberal views to Archie's son-in-law Michael Stivic.
  • Danielle Brisebois as Stephanie Mills. Stephanie, a 12-year-old girl, is taken in by Archie and Edith after her father had abandoned her during the final season of All in the Family.
  • Barbara Meek portrayed Ellen Canby. Ellen was a black housekeeper who was hired by Archie. She also took care of Stephanie, and kept Archie's views in check.
  • In 1981, Denise Miller joined the cast as Archie's niece Barbara Lee 'Billie' Bunker.
  • Sally Struthers returned as Archie's daughter, Gloria Stivic, for a few episodes. She had returned from California with her son, Joey, after having divorced Michael, who had run off to a commune. The character eventually moved on to her own spin-off series, Gloria.

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