All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Archie Finds a Friend 

Archie has ulterior motives when he befriends a Jewish watchmaker, who has a sure-fire invention that the world has been waiting for.


Paul Bogart


Norman Lear (developed by), Mel Tolkin | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic (credit only)
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic (credit only)
Jack Gilford ... Bernard Bernstein


Archie befriends an elderly Jewish watchmaker named Bernie Bernstein who has come up with an invention that he thinks could make the both of them millionaires, a remote control for the doorbell. All he needs from Archie is $1000 to get started, which Archie just happens to have. Edith objects, and the more Archie tries to shut her up, the louder her objections become, especially when the remote either doesn't work or rings every doorbell in the neighborhood. Eventually it comes to light that Mr. Bernstein is a very sick man, and eventually dies right there on their couch. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

26 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers are not featured. See more »


Mr. Bernstein asks Archie how he celebrates Brotherhood, and Archie replies that he doesn't, as he's an only child. In another show, he has a younger brother, who is seen at least once. See more »


Bernard Bernstein: Listen, Bunker, let's face it. It's possible that people like you and me were never meant to be rich.
Archie Bunker: Oh, never say that.
Bernard Bernstein: Why the hell not? It's true. Like my Tante Malka used to say, there are two kinds of losers: schlemiels and schlimazels. A schlemiel goes through life spilling soup. And a schlimazel's the guy he spills it on.
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If I Were a Rich Man
(1964) (uncredited)
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Portion sung by Jack Gilford
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Archie makes a deal with an old Jewish man
7 March 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Archie wants to make an investment with Jewish watchmaker Bernstein on a new invention.

Bernstein( played by character actor Jack Gilford) comes up with a remote control door bell ringer. There are not many laughs in this one though Gilford is amusing singing "If I Were A Rich Man". The episode suddenly turns serious with Bernstein dying in the Bunker home. It seemed pretty pointless and Archie and Edith's incredibly somber reaction is strange since they hardly knew the man. It may just be another case of trying to soften Archie's character, which is not good for this comedy show.

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