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?


Carroll O'Connor slurs some of his words, indicating a little too much celebrating of the taping of the show's third season opener. The most glaring example was when Lionel visits with his date, O'Connor flubs with "How come body-every knows Judy but me?". 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 »


Gloria Bunker-Stivic: Daddy, how can you be against gun control with all the assassinations? Look at it, the Kennedys and Martin Luther King. And what about the shooting of Governor Wallace?
Archie Bunker: I'm saying maybe Governor Wallace wouldn't have gotten shot if he had a rod in his mitt!
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: What?
Archie Bunker: Because the Governor was there, he coulda shot first!
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: Archie, what would he be doing walking around in a crowd with a gun?
Archie Bunker: What was the other bum doing in the crowd with the gun?
Michael 'Meathead' Stivic: That's ridiculous, Archie! You're talking about a human ...
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Referenced in All in the Family: Archie and the KKK: Part 1 (1977) See more »

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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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