Archie Bunker's Place


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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 first season performed so well that it knocked Mork & Mindy off its new Sunday night home. A year before, Mork & Mindy had been the #3 show on television during its first season.

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 (see "Kelcy" or "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 co-owner Harry Snowden decides to sell his share of the business. Early in the first season, to increase his clientèle, 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.

Archie Bunker's Place was the sounding board for Archie's views, support from his friends, and Murray's counterpoints. Later in the series, after Murray re-marries and leaves for San Francisco, Archie hires a business partner, Gary Rabinowitz (Barry Gordon), whose views were liberal in contrast to Archie's political conservativism.

Archie Bunker's Place, like All in the Family before it, was set in the borough of Queens. The opening credits featured a view of the Queensboro Bridge, which connects Manhattan to Queens followed by shots taken along Steinway Street in Astoria.

The theme of Archie Bunker's Place was "Those Were the Days". It was a re-scored version of the long-familiar opening theme to All in the Family, sans vocals from Archie and Edith. The closing theme, "Remembering You," was a re-scored version of All in the Family's closing theme.

Starring    
Carroll O'Connor
Jean Stapleton (1979-1980)
Danielle Brisebois
Martin Balsam (1979-1981)
Anne Meara (1979-1982)
Barry Gordon (1981-1983)
Opening theme     "Those Were the Days"
by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse (Ray Conniff instrumental Version)
Ending theme     "Remembering You"
by Roger Kellaway and Carroll O'Connor (Ray Conniff instrumental Version)
Country of origin      United States
No. of seasons     4
No. of episodes     97
Production
Running time     30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel     CBS
Original run     September 2

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Paul Bogart

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Paul Bogart on directing Archie Bunker's Place
03:16

Peter Bonerz

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Peter Bonerz (briefly) on working with Carroll O'Connor on Archie Bunker's Place
00:36

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on his non-involvement in Archie Bunker's Place, and on selling his production company
02:18

Dick Martin

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Dick Martin on directing various television shows
02:08

Anne Meara

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Anne Meara on getting cast as "Veronica Rooney" in Archie Bunker's Place
01:30
Anne Meara on working with Carroll O'Connor on Archie Bunker's Place
01:12
Anne Meara on working with the cast of Archie Bunker's Place
00:53

Carroll O'Connor

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Carroll O'Connor on the creation of the All in the Family spin-off Archie Bunker's Place and deciding on the death of "Edith" (in season two)
05:39
Carroll O'Connor on his acting with Danielle Brisebois in the Archie Bunker's Place episode "Archie Alone," that reveals Edith Bunker's death
01:29
Carroll O'Connor on the character of "Murray Klein" on Archie Bunker's Place and working with actor Martin Balsam
02:39
Carroll O'Connor on casting Martin Balsam's real-life actress-daughter Talia Balsam in an episode of Archie Bunker's Place that mirrored their real life, "Murray's Daughter"
05:41
Carroll O'Connor on the cancellation of Archie Bunker's Place after four seasons
01:58

Larry Rhine

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Larry Rhine on Danielle Brisebois as "Stephanie Mills" on All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place
02:15
Larry Rhine on continuing the character of "Archie Bunker" on Archie Bunker's Place the death of "Edith Bunker" on Archie Bunker's Place
03:00

Bob Schiller

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the transition from All in the Family to Archie Bunker's Place and the death of "Edith Bunker"
00:54
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on Archie Bunker's Place and comparisons to another bar-themed show, Duffy's Tavern
00:30
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on Carroll O'Connor's influence on Archie Bunker's Place; on the writing process on the show
03:35
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on writing for Archie Bunker's Place
01:02

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on the decision to have the character of "Edith Bunker" die, in the Archie Bunker's Place episode "Archie Alone"
03:27

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the transition from All in the Family to Archie Bunker's Place and the death of "Edith Bunker"
00:54
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on Archie Bunker's Place and comparisons to another bar-themed show, Duffy's Tavern
00:30
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on Carroll O'Connor's influence on Archie Bunker's Place; on the writing process on the show
03:35
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on writing for Archie Bunker's Place
01:02

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