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"The Little Atheist"
Season 6, episode # 11
# 119 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 6x11 - The Little Atheist
Thanksgiving with the Stivics culminates with a big argument over religion between Mike and Archie as to whether Mike and Gloria's baby should be baptized and raised as a Christian in "The Little Atheist" in Season 6 (ep.#11).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV/USA
Air date November 24, 1975
Production code 607 (6xx11)
Written by: Lou Derman
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Guest starring: Betty Garrett
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The Little Atheist was the 11th episode from the sixth season of All in the Family; it was also the 119th overall series episode. Written by Lou Derman, the episode, which was directed by Paul Bogart, first aired on CBS-TV on November 24, 1975.

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Over Thanksgiving dinner, Archie argues with Mike over whether his and Gloria's baby should be baptized and raised as a Christian; Mike and Gloria feel their child should be allowed to choose his own faith when he is old enough to decide for himself.


If it's a major holiday and Archie and Mike are sitting at the table, it's sure to mean one thing: verbal fireworks. This time, the holiday is Thanksgiving and the topic is the religion of the Stivics' unborn baby. Archie wants to raise his grandchild as a Christian; Mike suggests that the child will make the decision when he or she is old enough to.

Did You Know?[]


At around 5 minutes into the episode, Gloria is doing an imitation of the famous Laugh-In character Edith Ann. She is another character who much like Archie Bunker is famous for blowing raspberries.

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  • Archie: [Archie and Edith are next door at Mike and Gloria's house for Thanksgiving dinner] Come on, Edith, we're going home!
  • Edith: We ain't had dinner yet!
  • Archie: I ain't gonna have dinner, I'm scared to eat in this house.

[Points at Mike]

  • Archie: You know what that meathead just done? He gave the Bronx cheer to the Lord, so help me! And he's gonna bring up our grandson to do the same thing!
  • Edith: Oh, Archie...
  • Archie: [Interrupting Edith] Come on, Edith! Come with me, and don't look back or you'll be turned into a pillow of salt!

  • Gloria: [about Archie] Michael, you're very bright. You know the three subjects you should never discuss with him: religion, politics or anything else.


  • Dumbo (1941 aanimated film) - Disney movie is mentioned in character dialogue

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