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.
Jean Stapleton (1979-1980)
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
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel CBS
Original run September 2