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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.

SynopsisEdit

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 pilotEdit

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.

Episode listEdit

Title Airdate
1 "Gloria: The First Day (Pilot episode)" September 26, 1982
2 "First Date" October 3, 1982
3 "Bully for You" October 10, 1982
4 "If at First You Don't Succeed" October 17, 1982
5 "Pig in a Blanket" October 24, 1982
6 "Teacher's Pet" October 31, 1982
7 "Malpractice" November 7, 1982
8 "F-F-Father's Day" November 21, 1982
9 "The Taxman Cometh" November 28, 1982
10 "Still Life with Cat" December 12, 1982
11 "Miracle at Fox Ridge" December 19, 1982
12 "Visitation" December 26, 1982
13 "Gloria on the Couch" January 9, 1983
14 "Love in the Past Tents" January 16, 1983
15 "Truth and Consequences" January 23, 1983
16 "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" February 13, 1983
17 "Death Row Dog" February 20, 1983
18 "Coming Apart" February 27, 1983
19 "It Almost Happened One Night" March 13, 1983
20 "Class Struggle" April 03, 1983
21 "An Uncredited Woman" April 10, 1983

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