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"Meet the Bunkers"
Season 1, episode # 1
# 1 overall in series (205 episodes)
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Gloria, with husband Mike plan a surprise party to celebrate Archie and Edith's 22nd anniversary which quickly turns into a shouting match between Archie and the liberal son-in-law Mike, whom Archie calls "Meathead", on virtually every topic in "Meet the Bunkers", the "AITF" series pilot.
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date January 12, 1971
Production code 101 (1x1)
Written by: Norman Lear
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring: Mike Evans
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Meet the Bunkers is the first episode of Season 1 and the official series premiere of All in the Family. Directed by John Rich, it originally aired on the CBS network in the United States on January 12, 1971.

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About the "Meet the Bunkers" pilot[]

All of the Norman Lear produced comedies, such as All in the Family, its spinoffs Maude, The Jeffersons, as well as One Day at a Time would help lead the way in presenting programming which catered to the tastes and social mores of the audience that they were seeking, presenting topics that had never before been discussed on prime-time sitcom TV.

The sitcom that changed the face of American television premiered on January 12, 1971, with the last of three pilot episodes filmed between 1968 and 1970 during which time the property underwent two near-complete cast overhauls and three title changes. Written by series co-producer Norman Lear, "Meet the Bunkers" used the occasion of Archie and Edith Bunker's wedding anniversary to introduce the main characters and rapidly establish both the mood and tenor of all the episodes to come. Especially worth noting in this inaugural episode is Jean Stapleton's portrayal of Edith, who comes off as a lot less stupid and a lot more sarcastic than she would in future episodes. While "Meet the Bunkers" seems somewhat tame when seen today, it packed enough of a wallop back in 1971 for CBS to issue a disclaimer at the beginning of the program, in which the network lauded All in the Family for its courage and daring and simultaneously begged the viewers' pardon for those qualities.


In the series' premiere, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party to celebrate Archie and Edith's 22nd anniversary. It quickly turns into a shouting match between conservative Archie and the liberal "Meathead" on virtually every topic.

Plot summary[]

Though virtually plotless, the episode is jam-packed with incident: It's Edith and Archie Bunker's 22nd wedding anniversary and their daughter Gloria and her husband Mike are planning a surprise Sunday brunch. Edith is pleasantly surprised, however, Archie's "no big deal" attitude lead Archie and Mike into a heated argument over "racial profiling", and a myriad of other topics, ranging from Archie's prejudices, problems with the nation's government and Mike's atheism. Edith tries to drag a recalcitrant Archie to church, Gloria and Mike are so hot for one another that they can barely wait until they get to the bedroom, and Lionel Jefferson (Mike Evans) uses broad African-American stereotypes to subtly needle the reactionary Archie.

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All in the Family Episodes
Season 1
Meet the Bunkers | Writing the President | Archie's Aching Back | Archie Gives Blood | Judging Books by Covers | Gloria Has a Bellyful | Mike's Hippie Friends Come to Visit | Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood | Edith Has Jury Duty | Archie Is Worried About His Job | Gloria Discovers Women's Lib | Success Story | The First and Last Supper
Season 2
The Saga of Cousin Oscar | Gloria Poses in the Nude | Archie and the Lock-up | Edith Writes a Song | Flashback: Mike Meets Archie | The Election Story | Edith's Accident | The Blockbuster | Mike's Problem | The Insurance Is Cancelled | The Man in the Street | Cousin Maude's Visit | Christmas Day at the Bunkers | The Elevator Story | Edith's Problem | Archie and the FBI | Mike's Mysterious Son | Archie Sees a Mugging | Archie and Edith, Alone | Edith Gets a Mink | Sammy's Visit | Edith the Judge | Archie Is Jealous | Maude
Season 3
Archie and the Editorial | Archie's Fraud | The Threat | Gloria and the Riddle | Lionel Steps Out | Edith Flips Her Wig | The Bunkers and the Swingers | Mike Comes into Money | Flashback: Mike and Gloria's Wedding (Part 1) | Flashback: Mike and Gloria's Wedding (Part 2) | Mike's Appendix | Edith's Winning Ticket | Archie and the Bowling Team | The Locket | Archie Goes Too Far | Oh Say Can You See | Archie Goes Too Far | Class Reunion | Hot Watch | Archie Is Branded | Everybody Tells the Truth | Archie Learns His Lesson | Gloria the Victim |The Battle of the Month
Season 4
We're Having a Heat Wave | We're Still Having a Heat Wave | Edith Finds an Old Man | Archie and the Kiss | Archie the Gambler | Henry's Farewell | Archie and the Computer | The Games Bunkers Play | Edith's Conversion | Archie in the Cellar | Black is the Color of My True Love's Wig | Second Honeymoon | The Taxi Caper | Archie is Cursed | Edith's Christmas Story | Mike and Gloria Mix it Up | Archie Feels Left Out | Et Tu, Archie | Gloria's Boyfriend | Lionel's Engagement | Archie Eats and Runs | Gloria Sings the Blues | Pay the Twenty Dollars | Mike's Graduation
Season 5
The Bunkers and Inflation (Part 1) | The Bunkers and Inflation (Part 2) | The Bunkers and Inflation (Part 3) | The Bunkers and Inflation (Part 4) | Lionel the Live-In | Archie's Helping Hand | Gloria's Boyfriend | Where's Archie? | Archie is Missing | The Longest Kiss | Archie and the Miracle | George and Archie Make a Deal | Archie's Contract | Mike's Friend | The Best of "All in the Family" | Prisoner in the House | The Jeffersons Move Up | All's Fair | Amelia's Divorce | Everybody Does It | Archie and the Quiz | Edith's Friend | No Smoking | Mike Makes His Move
Season 6
The Very Moving Day | Alone at Last | Archie the Donor | Archie the Hero | Mike's Pains | Chain Letter | Mike Faces Life | Edith Breaks Out | Grandpa Blues | Gloria Suspects Mike | The Little Atheist | Archie's Civil Rights | Gloria is Nervous | Birth of the Baby (Part 1) | Birth of the Baby (Part 2) | New Year's Wedding | Archie the Babysitter | Archie Finds a Friend | Mike's Move | Archie's Weighty Problem | Love by Appointment | Joey's Baptism | Mike and Gloria's House Guests | Edith's Night Out
Season 7
Archie's Brief Encounter (Parts 1 & 2) | Archie's Brief Encounter (Part 3) | The Unemployment Story (Part 1) | The Unemployment Story (Part 2) | Archie's Operation (Part 1) | Archie's Operation (Part 2) | Beverly Rides Again | Teresa Moves In | Mike and Gloria's Will | Mr. Edith Bunker | Archie's Secret Passion | The Baby Contest | Gloria's False Alarm | The Draft Dodger | The Boarder Patrol | Archie's Chair | Mike Goes Skiing | Stretch Cunningham, Goodbye | The Joys of Sex | Mike the Pacifist | Fire | Mike and Gloria Split | Archie the Liberal | Archie's Dog Day Afternoon
Season 8
Archie Gets the Business (Part 1) | Archie Gets the Business (Part 2) | Cousin Liz | Edith's 50th Birthday (Part 1) | Edith's 50th Birthday (Part 2) | Unequal Partners | Archie's Grand Opening | Archie's Bitter Pill (Part 1) | Archie's Bitter Pill (Part 2) | Archie and the KKK (Part 1) | Mike and Gloria Meet | Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 1) | Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 2) | The Commercial | Super Bowl Sunday | Aunt Iola's Visit | Love Comes to the Butcher | Two's a Crowd | Stale Mates | Archie's Brother | Mike's New Job | The Dinner Guest | The Stivics Go West
Season 9
Little Miss Bunker | End in Sight | Reunion on Hauser Street | What'll We Do With Stephanie? | Edith's Final Respects | Weekend in the Country | Archie's Other Wife | Edith Versus the Bank | Return of the Waitress | Bogus Bills | The Bunkers Go West | California, Here We Are: Parts 1 & 2 | A Night at the PTA | A Girl Like Edith | The Appendectomy | Stephanie and the Crime Wave | Barney the Gold Digger | The Return of Archie's Brother | Stephanie's Conversion | Edith Gets Fired | The 200th Episode Celebration of All in the Family | The Family Next Door | The Family Next Door | The Return of Stephanie's Father | Too Good Edith