Lionel the Live-In
Season 5, episode # 5
# 90 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Air date October 12, 1974
Production code
Written by Teleplay by: Woody Kling
Story by: Jeffery Mackowsky
Directed by: H. Wesley Kenney
Guest starring
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Lionel the Live-In was fifth episode of the fifth season and the 90th overall episode of All in the Family. The Season 5 episode first aired on CBS-TV on October 12, 1974. The based on a story written by Jeffery Mackowsky, the teleplay was written by Woody Kling and was directed by H. Wesley Kenney.


Lionel and George get into a huge late-night fight over Jenny and her mixed-race parents, prompting Lionel to spend the night at the Bunkers. Louise pressures her stubborn husband to apologize, and finds an unexpected ally in Archie, but only because he wants Lionel out of his hair.


Lionel moves out of the Jefferson household after an argument with his parents. Normally, this domestic squabble would be of no concern to Archie Bunker, who would just as soon have all the Jeffersons move away. But Archie hadn't reckoned with Edith, who not only allows Lionel to move in with the Bunkers, but extends him every conceivable courtesy of the house.

Note: Isabel Sanford (as Louise Jefferson), Sherman Hemsley (as George Jefferson), Mike Evans (as Lionel Jefferson) all appear in this episode. This is the first time the term "zebra" would be used to describe Jenny Willis and her family. The term would be used all through "The Jeffersons".