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Joseph Michael Stivic was the son of Michael and Gloria Stivic, and grandson of Archie and Edith Bunker, and was born during the sixth season of All In The Family. The character first appeared as a newborn baby in the two-part episode "Birth of the Baby" which aired on December 15 & 22, 1975.
The character's appearances on All In The Family ended when Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers left the series in 1978 (by that time, Joey had been played most often by alternating twins Jason and Justin Draeger). Joey Stivic next appeared in the All In The Family continuation series Archie Bunker's Place, in the November 1979 episode "Thanksgiving Reunion". In that instance, the character was played by child actor Dick Billingsley and was appropriately pre-school aged. After Gloria separated from Mike, she returned to Archie Bunker's Place with Joey in the February 1982 episode "Gloria Comes Home". In that episode, Joey was played by Christopher Johnston.
On the Gloria series, in which the recently-divorced Gloria Bunker character moved to Upstate New York in order to work as a veterinary assistant, Johnston was replaced with fellow child actor Christian Jacobs. After Gloria was canceled in 1983, the character disappeared from prime time television for 11 years, then was revived in the short-lived 1994 CBS-TV series 704 Hauser, which featured the Bunkers' house with a new family living there - a black family named the Cumberbatches. Joey Stivic, then in his 20s and played by actor Casey Siemaszko, made a brief appearance in the first episode.
In 1976 the Ideal Toy Company released a 14-inch "Joey Stivic doll" (called "Archie Bunker's Grandson") which was billed as the "first anatomically correct male doll." The doll inspired mild controversy at the time, and is a collectors' item today.