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 Archie Bunker's Place is an American sitcom originally
broadcast on the CBS network, conceived in 1979 as a spin-off and
continuation of All in the Family. While not as popular as its
predecessor, the show maintained a large enough audience to last
four seasons, till its cancellation in 1983.
The major difference in the continuation from All in the Family
as 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
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 finds a business partner, Gary Rabinowitz (Barry Gordon),
whose views were liberal in contrast to Archie's political
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.
-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 Murray, who's Jewish, and becoming close
friends with him.
-Jean Stapleton continued to play Archie's wife Edith
Baines-Bunker when Archie Bunker's Place premiered. The show
featured Edith occasionally during the first season, but Stapleton
decided to leave the series late in 1979; her character was
referred to but unseen during the rest of the 1979-1980 season. The
writers and producers addressed Stapleton's departure in the Season
2 premiere, explaining that Edith had died of a stroke. Archie
reflected on his wife's passing, and eventually, began dating other
-Martin Balsam as Murray Klein. Murray was Archie's Jewish
partner, who held similar liberal views to those of Archie's
son-in-law Michael Stivic.
-Danielle Brisebois as Stephanie Mills, the 10-year-old
Jewish daughter of Edith's nephew, Floyd Mills. Archie and Edith
take Stephanie in after her father, a chronic unemployed drunk,
abandoned her during the final season of All in the Family.
Stephanie loved to sing and dance, and her talents were showcased
in several episodes.
-Celeste Holm as Estelle Harris, Stephanie's wealthy
grandmother, who would often be at odds with Archie over his
rearing of Stephanie.
-Allan Melvin as Barney Hefner, one of Archie's best friends
and a regular at the bar. Their friendship was first established in
1972 during an episode of All in the Family. He was then married to
a woman named Mabel but Mabel died (somewhere around the 1975-1976
season) and Barney married Blanche (played by Estelle Parsons), a
friend of Edith's some time around 1977. Blanche left Barney
numerous times, always for repairmen and exterminators. Barney
divorced her in 1979, but Blanche was the only one to gain anything
out of the divorce, with Barney being ordered to pay alimony.
-Danny Dayton as Hank Pivnik, another regular and good buddy
of Archie's. He first appeared in 1976 on All in the Family. Hank
disappeared with no explanation given after the 1979-1980 season.
-Bill Quinn as Edgar Van Ranseleer[2], a blind patron and
regular at the bar. He was almost never referred to by his first
name. His first appearance was in 1978 on All in the Family.
-Jason Wingreen as Harry Snowden, Archie's former business
partner, who continued to work at the tavern as a bartender.
Another holdover character from All in the Family, which Wingreen
joined in 1976.
-Abraham Alvarez and Joe Rosario as Jose Perez and Raoul
Rosario, two Latin American immigrants employed as assistant cooks
at Archie's bar. Archie later learns they are illegal immigrants
after they refuse to give a statement to police after having
witnessed a mugging.
-Anne Meara as Veronica Rooney (1979–1982), the cook at
Archie Bunker's Place. She often made wisecracks and gave Archie a
hard time. She insisted that Archie also hire her openly gay nephew
Fred as a waiter to help him pay for law school. She was an
alcoholic and deep down pined to get back with her ex-husband,
Carmine (who appeared in a few episodes and was played by Meara's
real-life husband, Jerry Stiller), but knew it wasn't going to
happen. Meara appeared sporadically throughout the show's third
season and left the show before the fourth and final season.
-Barbara Meek as Ellen Canby (1980–1982). Ellen was a
black housekeeper who was hired by Archie after Edith's death. She
also took care of Stephanie, and helped keep Archie's tongue in
check. Though Archie still harbored some resentment toward black
people by the time she arrived on the scene, he deeply respected
Ellen and was grateful for the job she did in helping to raise
-Denise Miller, who joined the cast in 1981 as Archie's
18-year-old niece, Barbara Lee "Billie" Bunker. Billie — who
worked as a waitress at Archie Bunker's Place — was the
daughter of Archie's "estranged" brother, Fred (and sister of
Linda, who appeared once on All in the Family). Her principal love
interest was Gary Rabinowitz (see below).
-Barry Gordon, another 1981 addition to the cast as Jewish
lawyer and business manager Gary Rabinowitz. Gary would quickly
begin dating Billie, who was 15 years younger than he was. Just
like Mike Stivic and Murray Klein before him, Gary's liberal
beliefs often contrasted with those of conservative Archie.
Incidentally, Gordon and Miller had also starred together in the
Barney Miller spin-off Fish.
-Sally Struthers returned as Archie's daughter, Gloria
Bunker-Stivic, for a few episodes. In addition to the 1979 episode
"Thanksgiving Reunion," Struthers returned in the 1982 two-part
episode, "Gloria Comes Home," where she returns home from
California with her son, Joey after divorcing Mike (who had run off
to a commune with an attractive co-ed). The character eventually
moved on to her own spin-off series, Gloria.