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704 Hauser
704 Hauser opening screen
'704 Hauser opening screen

Format

Situation comedy

Runtime

22–24 minutes

Created By

Norman Lear

Starring

John Amos
Lynnie Godfrey
T.E. Russell
Maura Tierney

Country/TV network

USA, CBS-TV

Episodes

6 (1 unaired)

First aired

April 11, 1994 (1994-04-11)

Last aired

May 9, 1994 (1994-05-09) (cancelled)

Preceded by

All in the Family
Archie Bunker's Place

Related series

Maude
The Jeffersons
Gloria

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704 Hauser is an American sitcom that aired on CBS-TV from April to May 1994. A spin-off of All in the Family (the final of several), the series is built around the concept of a black family, the Cumberbatches, moving into the former Queens home of Archie Bunker, years after Bunker sold the house. The All in the Family character Joey Stivic, Archie's grandson, makes an appearance in the first episode.[1]

Overview

Norman Lear created the series during the time when conservative talk radio was experiencing its initial upswing in popularity in the United States, particularly in the form of Rush Limbaugh. Lear felt that the time was right for a new show to explore some of the issues being discussed, and 704 Hauser was even more explicitly political than All in the Family.

John Amos, a veteran of the earlier Lear sitcom Good Times (itself a spin-off of the All in the Family spin-off Maude), starred as Ernie Cumberbatch, while Lynnie Godfrey played his wife, Rose. T.E. Russell played their live-at-home son, Thurgood Marshall "Goodie" Cumberbatch.[2]

The show featured a reversal of the original All in the Family formula. Ernie and Rose Cumberbatch were blue collar, working class Democrats, while their son Goodie was an assertive conservative activist in the vein of Armstrong Williams, Walter Williams, or Thomas Sowell. To add further conflict, Goodie's girlfriend, played by Maura Tierney, was Jewish.

However, audiences did not respond favourably to the show, which was cancelled after just five episodes (with one more remaining unaired).

Episodes

Season # Ep# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Meet the Cumberbatches" Norman Lear Norman Lear & Kevin Heelan April 11, 1994
A pair of liberal black parents struggles with their conservative son and his white girlfriend.
1 2 "Here's Why Ernie Should Never Be Left Home Alone" Jack Shea John Baskin & Roger Shulman April 18, 1994
Ernie conspires to find Goodie a new girlfriend.
1 3 "Ernie Live on Tape" Jack Shea Janet Lynne Jackson April 25, 1994
Ernie and Goodie disagree over an incident of alleged racial harassment.
1 4 "Triskaidekaphobia" Jack Shea Greg Cope & Sean Dwyer May 2, 1994
Friday the thirteenth brings bad luck to the Cumberbatches.
1 5 "All That Jasmine" Jack Shea Andrea Allen-Wiley May 9, 1994
Rose's sister interferes with Ernie's birthday surprise.
1 6 "Revelations" Jack Shea Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. Unaired
Ernie discovers a master plan to reduce his taxes by becoming a minister.
  • Note: Was originally scheduled to air on May 16, 1994.

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