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Gloria
Gloria title screen
'Gloria opening title screen

Created by

Joe Gannon
Patt Shea
Harriett Weiss

Director

Bob Claver

Starring

Sally Struthers
Burgess Meredith
Jo De Winter
Lou Richards
Christian Jacobs

Seasons & Episodes aired

1 season, 22 episodes (1 unaired)

Executive producers

Dan Guntzelman
Steve Marshall

Company

Tandem Productions

Distributor

Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television

Network

CBS-TV

First aired

September 26, 1982 (1982-09-26)

Last aired

April 10, 1983 (1983-04-10) (Cancelled)

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Gloria is an American situation comedy that lasted one season on CBS, from September 1982 to September 1983. It starred Sally Struthers, reprising her role as Gloria Stivic, the daughter of Archie Bunker on the hugely successful 1970s sitcom All in the Family. Gloria was a spin-off of Archie Bunker's Place, which was a continuation of All in the Family.

Synopsis

The setup of the show was that Gloria had been left at loose ends after her husband, Michael Stivic (who did not appear in the new series), left her and moved away to a commune. Gloria, to be closer to her father, decided to move with her young son, Joey (played by Christian Jacobs), and pick up the pieces of her life as an assistant to two veterinarians in Fox Ridge, New York. The veterinarians were played by Burgess Meredith and Jo De Winter; the character played by Meredith was also, conveniently, Gloria's landlord.

Though Gloria ranked 18th in the Nielsen ratings for the 1982–83 season and scored a 18.7 rating tying it with Trapper John, M.D., CBS chose not to renew it for a second season, making it one of the few spin-offs of the successful All in the Family not to have a successful run.

The unaired pilot

CBS rejected Gloria's original pilot which featured a brief cameo by Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker dropping off Gloria and Joey at Dr. Adams' clinic and residence. It was repackaged as an episode of Archie Bunker's Place. This pilot was written by veteran All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place writers Pat Shea and Harriett Weiss and Archie Bunker's Place producer and close Carroll O'Connor associate Joe Gannon who co-created, wrote and produced the pilot. They were replaced by former WKRP in Cincinnati writers Steve Marshall and Dan Guntzelman (who would later find success writing and producing the long running ABC-TV sitcom Growing Pains).

The show's production was moved from CBS Television City to Universal Studios. According to a December 1982 feature interview with Sally Struthers in TV Guide this did not sit well with Carroll O'Connor who, with the rest of the Archie Bunker's Place production staff, were effectively shut out of the production of Gloria. (Even Norman Lear, who created All in the Family and had some hand in all of its other spin-offs, had no credited involvement in Gloria.) After this, O'Connor chose to be uninvolved in the retooled pilot and series. The characters of Dr. Jim Waynewrite and Ben the handyman were dropped when Marshall and Guntzelman's second pilot was made which went to series. In the second pilot, Joey adopted a black dog which he named Archie after his grandfather, which O'Connor was said to be less than thrilled about according to the same 1982 TV Guide article. In the original pilot, actress Jo de Winter's character, Maggie Lawrence, was an assistant to Dr. Adams. In the second pilot and the series, Maggie Lawrence is a veterinarian and Dr. Adams' partner in the clinic.

Cast

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[1]
First aired Last aired Rank Rating Tied with
1 21 + Original Pilot September 26, 1982 April 10, 1983 18 18.7 Trapper John, M.D.

Season episode list (1982-1983)

No. Title Directed by Written by Airdate
0 "Gloria: The First Day" Paul Bogart Patt Shea, Harriett Weiss & Joe Gannon N/A
Gloria begins her new job at a veterinarian's clinic while adjusting to life as a single mother.

Note: This episode was intended to be the pilot for Gloria; originally unaired, it was later made part of the Archie Bunker's Place syndication package.

1 "The First Day (Pilot episode)" Bob Claver Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall September 26, 1982
Gloria Bunker-Stivic returns home to raise her son Joey on her own and works as an assistant to the absent-minded veterinarian Dr. Willard Adams.
2 "First Date" Bob Claver Rich Rinehart October 3, 1982
Gloria reluctantly goes on her first date since her senior prom.
3 "Bully for You" Bob claver Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall October 10, 1982
Gloria tries to stop Joey from fighting a bully.
4 "If at First You Don't Succeed" Bob Claver Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall October 17, 1982
Gloria and Dr. Adams make a near-fatal mistake on an emergency call.
5 "Pig in a Blanket" Bob Claver Lissa Levin October 24, 1982
Gloria cares for a piglet that makes Clark and Joey jealous.
6 "Teacher's Pet" Bob Claver Lissa Levin October 31, 1982
Dr. Adams is the substitute teacher as Gloria takes a test in her vet-assistant class.
7 "Malpractice" Bob Claver Rich Reinhart November 7, 1982
Maggie realizes her mistake when she refuses a lawyer's toaster oven as payment for treating his monkey.
8 "F-F-Father's Day" Bob Claver Rich Reinhart (teleplay),
Lew Levy & Michael Cassutt (story)
November 21, 1982
Clark tells his father he's engaged to Gloria.
9 "The Taxman Cometh" Bob Claver Tim O'Donnell November 28, 1982
Gloria signs Dr. Adams up for Social Security, but the computer has declared him deceased.
10 "Still Life with Cat" Bob Claver Frederick Hoffman December 12, 1982
Joey wants Gloria to retrieve his friend's cat from the house of a woman who's said to use pets for potting soil and bake children in her oven.
11 "Miracle at Fox Ridge" Bob Claver Lissa Levin December 19, 1982
Joey may not have a merry Christmas if he learns his father hasn't sent him the bicycle he wants.
12 "Visitation" Bob Claver Tim O'Donnell December 26, 1982
Joey agrees to visit his father, but he isn't on the plane when it lands in California.
13 "Gloria on the Couch" Bob Claver Rich Reinhart January 9, 1983
Gloria is the victim of an armed robbery, but she's unable to recall a single detail.
14 "Love in the Past Tents" Bob Claver Max Tash (story),
Lissa Levin (teleplay)
January 16, 1983
Maggie sees an old flame while on a "house call" to a traveling circus -- Boffo the Clown.
15 "Truth and Consequences'" Bob Claver Tim O'Donnell January 23, 1983
The staff of the clinic face their mortality and confess their innermost feeling when a plague-ridden squirrel puts them in quarantine.
16 "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" Bob Claver Lissa Levin February 13, 1983
Dr. Adams' girlfriend plans to marry someone else.
17 "Death Row Dog" Bob Claver Jurgen Wolff February 20, 1983
Gloria is delighted with the reward she's getting for finding a recently deceased client's dog, but she soon learns the dog's role in the old lady's funeral plans.
18 "Coming Apart" Bob Claver Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall February 27, 1983
Gloria gets depressed when she receives her final divorce papers.
19 "It Almost Happened One Night" Bob Claver Melody Rowland March 13, 1983
Gloria and Clark are forced to share a room at a honeymoon hotel when their car breaks down.
20 "Class Struggle" Bob Claver Rich Reinhart (story)
Tim O'Donnell (teleplay/story)
April 3, 1983
Gloria does a sit-in to protest the budget cuts affecting the vet-assistant class.
21 "An Uncredited Woman" Bob Claver Tim O'Donnell (story)
Rich Reinhart (teleplay/story)
April 10, 1983
Gloria learns that she lost her credit rating in the divorce.

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