All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Archie and the Editorial 

Archie is invited to give a "man-on-the street" editorial on television, where he speaks against gun control. He then meets two people who saw the editorial ... who promptly rob him at gunpoint.


Norman Campbell


Norman Lear (developed by), George Arthur Bloom (teleplay by) (as George Bloom) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Mike Evans ... Lionel Jefferson
Sorrell Booke ... Mr. Bennett
Val Bisoglio ... Gangster
Diane Sommerfield Diane Sommerfield ... Judy


Archie is inflamed by an anti-gun editorial on the news and gets into a massive argument with Mike and Gloria about gun control that ends with him calling the station and scheduling a televised rebuttal. When he gets on television, he makes a fool out of himself by suggesting, among other things, that the best way to deal with hijacked airlines is to arm the passengers before their get on board and take the guns away with they depart. At Kelsey's bar after the editorial airs, the family shares a drink when a man comes in who saw the broadcast. He seems nice until he robs them at gunpoint. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

16 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the third season premiere and the show opening is slightly different. In the first season opener, as Jean Stapleton hits her screechy high note, the audience's laughter can be heard under the note. Starting with this episode and for the rest of the season, no audience laughter is heard. See more »


Archie told the family that his TV editorial contains the line "car accidents cause more deaths than guns every year", then the hold-up man at Kelcy's quoted Archie as saying "Guns are like free speech" and "Guns are what brings law and order to our cities"; none of which had appeared in the actual editorial. See more »


Archie Bunker: Everything's expensive nowadays. It's this inflation. Th money in this here country is sick.
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: Yeah, like the people who control it.
Archie Bunker: Well, when you control some of it, I'll listen to your views.
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Archie Goes On TV
18 June 2019 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Archie sees a local TV station manager give an editorial on gun control and Archie goes on TV to rebut him.

A hilarious classic 3rd season opener. The first scenes are some funny arguments as Archie comes home after driving Munson's cab. Gloria announces that she is looking for a job and Archie calls Mike a "giggle-o". The station manager Mr Bennett then comes on TV saying we need stricter gun laws. He is played by Sorrell Booke, his first appearance on the show. He would later play Archie's boss Mr Sanders on several later episodes. Archie has more funny lines arguing with Mike and Gloria and the right to bear arms. His encounter with Mr Bennett is another highlight. The funniest scene is when we see Archie giving his ideas about guns on TV. He says he can stop all airplane hijackers by arming all the passengers! He says "Ya just pass out the pistols at the beginning of the trip and collect 'em all at the end! Case closed!"

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