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This page lists all of the episodes of the first season of All In The Family, which premiered on January 14, 1971, as a mid-season replacement series during the 1970-71 TV season. It also shows the two previous unsold pilot episodes And Justice For ALL (1968) and Those Were The Days (1969), which were shot before CBS-TV agreed to pick up the project and retool the stoyline and make it into a series.

Unaired pilotsEdit

Title Original Airdate
"Justice for All" 1968
"Those Were The Days" 1969

Season episodes overviewEdit

Seasons Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 January 12, 1971 (1971-01-12) April 6, 1971 (1971-04-06)
2 24 September 18, 1971 (1971-09-18) March 12, 1972 (1972-03-12)
3 24 September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16) March 24, 1973 (1973-03-24)
4 24 September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15) March 16, 1974 (1974-03-16)
5 24 September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) March 8, 1975 (1975-03-08)
6 24 September 8, 1975 (1975-09-08) March 8, 1976 (1976-03-08)
7 23 September 22, 1976 (1976-09-22) March 12, 1977 (1977-03-12)
8 21 October 2, 1977 (1977-10-02) March 19, 1978 (1978-03-19)
9 24 September 24, 1978 (1978-09-24) April 8, 1979 (1979-04-08)

Season 1 (1971)Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 Image Needed 1 "Meet the Bunkers"(series premiere) John Rich Norman Lear January 12, 1971
Archie ([Carroll O'Connor]]) and Edith (Jean Stapleton) return home from church to find their daughter and son-in-law, Gloria (Sally Struthers) and Mike (Rob Reiner), have planned a surprise party. However, the proceedings break down into an argument between Archie and the "Meathead".
2 Image Needed 2 "Writing The President" John Rich Teleplay by: Paul Harrison & Lennie Weinrib and Norman LearStory by: Lee Erwin & Fred Freiberger January 19, 1971
Archie learns Mike has written President Nixon a letter critical of his policies. So Archie takes pen in hand and decides to praise Nixon.
3 Image Needed 3 "Archie's Aching Back" John Rich Stanley Ralph Ross January 26, 1971

Archie is involved in a minor car accident but escapes injury. Just then, Lionel drops by with the family's dry cleaning. Seems his father recently opened a dry cleaning store with the settlement they received from their car accident. This gives Archie an idea—and a sudden back injury. He hires a Jewish attorney to represent him, but it soon becomes clear that Archie has no claim.

Note: This episode establishes George Jefferson's ownership of the Jefferson Dry Cleaners franchise.

4 Image Needed 4 "Archie Gives Blood" John Rich Norman Lear February 2, 1971
Archie balks at the idea of giving blood, particularly since a radical liberal might be the recipient.
5 Image Needed 5 "Judging Books by Covers" John Rich Burt Styler and Norman Lear February 9, 1971
Archie gets into an argument with Mike over one of his friends, whose clothing and demeanor are rather foppish. Archie says that the guy must be a homosexual, but even though he may be somewhat effeminate, he is not gay. However, Archie's in for quite a surprise when one of his drinking buddies, an ex-football player, reveals he is gay.

Guest stars:  Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer from General Hospital) and Philip Carey (Asa Buchanan from One Life To Live)

6 Image Needed 6 "Gloria Has A Bellyful" John Rich Jerry Mayer February 16, 1971
Archie get irritated when he learns unemployed Mike has impregnated Gloria. The two get into another argument, prompting Archie to storm out. Eventually, Archie has a change of heart and buys his grandchild a big stuffed panda—only to learn that Gloria has suffered a miscarriage.
7 Image Needed 7 "Mike's Hippie Friends Come To Visit" John Rich

Story by: Philip Mishkin & Rob Reiner

Teleplay by: Philip Mishkin & Rob Reiner and Don Nicholl & Bryan Joseph

February 23, 1971
Despite Archie's objections, Mike invites his friends—an unmarried hippie couple—to spend the night in the Bunkers' living room. Eventually, their carrying on causes them to wear out their welcome, even with Mike and Gloria.
8 Image Needed 8 "Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood" John Rich Don Nicholl & Bryan Joseph March 2, 1971
Archie learns that Mike's friend, Lionel Jefferson, is moving into the house next door with his family. Archie leads an effort to buy back the house, but unwittingly tells Lionel his plans. Lionel, explaining that his family is moving in next door, lists them as "my mother, my father, my aunt and me." However, subsequent episodes would establish that his uncle, not his aunt who would live with them.

Notes: This episode marks the first appearance of Isabel Sanford as Louise Jefferson; Vincent Gardenia appears as neighbor Jim Bowman. He would later play couple-swapper Curtis Rempley (along with Rue McClanahan), in a 1972 episode, and would have a recurring role as neighbor Frank Lorenzo during the 1973/74 season.

9 Image Needed 9 "Edith Has Jury Duty" John Rich Teleplay by:

Susan Harris and Don Nicholl & Bryan Joseph

Story by: Susan Harris

March 9, 1971
Edith is the lone holdout on a jury charged with determining the fate of a murder trial defendant, much to Archie's chagrin as he refuses to take care of himself during Edith's absence. Edith's jury roommate while sequestered is played by Doris Singleton.
10 Image Needed 10 "Archie Is Worried About His Job" John Rich

Teleplay by: Norman Lear and Don Nicholl & Bryan Joseph

Story by: William Bickley, Jr.

March 16, 1971

It is a sleepless night for the Bunkers, as Archie is worried about possible layoffs at the loading dock.

Note:Burt Mustin, who would later appear as Justin Quigley in numerous episodes in later seasons, guest stars as a security guard.

11 Image Needed 11 "Gloria Discovers Women's Lib" John Rich Norman Lear and Sandy Stern March 23, 1971
Gloria and Mike quarrel over the concept of equal partnership in their marriage.
12 Image Needed 12 "Success Story" John Rich Burt Styler March 30, 1971

Archie gathers his old Army buddies to help their former comrade celebrate his success in the used car trade.

Note:George Savalas and Len Lesser (later "Uncle Leo" on Seinfeld) guest star.

13 Image Needed 13 "The First and Last Supper" (season finale) John Rich Jerry Mayer April 6, 1971
Edith accepts an invitation for the Bunkers to have supper at the Jeffersons' house. Archie objects, and eventually, everyone settles on having supper at the Bunkers' house. But then, George Jefferson refuses to show up, sending his brother Henry in his place. It all leads to another high-pitched argument involving Archie.

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