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"Mike's Move"
Season 6, episode # 19
# 127 overall in series (205 episodes)
"All in the Family" episode
Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date February 2, 1976
Production code 619 (6x19)
Written by: Mel Tolkin & Larry Rhine
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Lee Bergere
David Downing
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Mike's Move is the 19th episode in the sixth season of All in the Family, the 127th overall episode in the series. Co-written by Milt Josefsberg and Ben Starr, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 2, 1976.

"Mike's Move"
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Mike is forced to reconsider his feelings on Affirmative Action, when he is up for a prestigious job against an equally-qualified black candidate.


Mike is up for a big promotion at work that would send he and Gloria to Minnesota. Archie and Edith aren't too happy. Edith is disappointed but is willing to let them live their own lives, but Archie behaves like a child and makes all kinds of rude comments about their decision.

The only stumbling block between Mike and the job is that he the other candidate is a black man, and the university must hire him because they don't want any problems. The other candidate does get the job and Mike is upset. He tells the Dean that he is fine, but upon leaving, he slams the door and breaks the glass.


  • The episode has no scenes in the Bunker home.
  • The TV Guide Archie is looking at in the last scene is the issue dated October 6-12, 1973. Diana Rigg is on the cover.
  • Despite Carl Reiner and Norman Lear's friend Mel Brooks' history of linking Vikings to Nazism, Rob Reiner's character referenced the Minnesota Vikings and their quarterback Fran Tarkenton on a positive note in this episode as part of his praise of Minnesota, stating "The Vikings, Fran Tarkenton, here we come!"

Cast (in credits order)[]

Main cast[]

Guest stars/Recurring cast[]

  • Lee Bergere as Dean Winslow
  • David Downing as John Kasten

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