All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Chain Letter 

Archie rips up a chain letter, thinking it to be nothing more than baloney. Then a whole bunch of accidents happen. Coincidence or did Archie really set off the string of mishaps?


Paul Bogart


Norman Lear (developed by), Lou Derman (teleplay by) | 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 (credit only)
Betty Garrett ... Irene Lorenzo
Robert Guillaume ... Dr. Franklin
Bob Hastings ... Tommy Kelsey
Billy Halop ... Bert Munson
Beatrice Colen ... Nurse


Edith is busy mailing a series of chain letters thinking that good luck will befall her if she sends them and bad luck with pursue her if she doesn't. Archie thinks she crazy and then receives one himself, which he promptly throws in the wastebasket. Irene warns him about the dangers of throwing the letter away but Archie scoffs her suggestion. Almost immediately bad things begin to happen, the worst of which takes place at Kelcy's when Archie accidentally drinks beer from a glass that was previously used by Bert Munson - who has hepatitis. In a panic, Archie goes to the emergency room and not only runs afoul of a smart-Alec black doctor but a nurse without a sense of humor. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

20 October 1975 (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?


Third of four episodes that doesn't include Gloria; Sally Struthers was holding out for more money. See more »


In this story, Robert Guillaume plays Dr Franklin. In the end credits, his name is misspelt as ""Guilliaume". See more »


References Godzilla (1954) See more »

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Archie has a bad luck streak
13 January 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Archie breaks a chain letter and disasters follow.

There are many good laughs in this one as toilets overflow, dinners burn and Archie thinks he may have hepatitis since he drank from the same glass as infected Munson. Robert Guillaume has a very funny guest appearance as a black doctor tending to Archie who of course puts his foot in his own mouth again.

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