In the pilot episode, it's Archie and Edith 22nd anniversary, and Gloria and Mike have planned a surprise brunch to celebrate. But a heated argument on whether Archie is prejudiced alters the party atmosphere.
When Archie learns that his meathead son-in-law has written a letter to President Nixon about what's wrong with America, Archie decides he will write one too, explaining all that is right.
When Archie is rear-ended by a Jewish woman while moonlighting for a cab company, he looks through the yellow pages to find himself a lawyer. When a "token gentile" shows up instead, Archie demands he be represented by the Jewish owner of the firm.
Archie tries to chicken out going to the blood bank with Mike, saying he doesn't want to give his blood without knowing who it's going to; What if his blood ends up in a radical who's been shot? When he does make a donation, he acts as if it was nothing, until he sees the bag of blood and faints.
When Mike and Gloria prepare a fancy lunch for their visiting friend Roger, Archie insists that their friend is gay. Ironically, it's Archie's tough, beer-drinking buddy Steve, a former football player, who sets the record straight...Roger isn't gay, but Steve is.
For once Archie and his son-in-law agree on something, that Mike and Gloria are not ready for her unexpected pregnancy. Mike decides to quit college, get a job and get an apartment anyway, but just before their big move, the hand of fate knocks them back.
There goes the neighborhood! Archie is glad to see his neighbor move but he's not prepared for the first black family in his neighborhood. He attempts to enlist Lionel's help in persuading the new neighbors to sell the house, but there's one problem, it's Lionel' s family who bought the house.
Edith is called in to sit on a jury for the most important case in the country and is sequestered away from her family, which doesn't please Archie at all. And when Edith's lone dissenting vote causes the deliberation to run even longer, there's no telling when she'll be going home.
One of Archie's old Army buddies, who is now a wealthy man, arrives from Beverly Hills for a little reunion at Archie's with some of the other guys. But although Eddie looks like a million bucks on the outside, he reveals to Mike that he's a little bankrupt on the inside.
Edith accepts a dinner invitation from Mrs. Jefferson, but Archie refuses to go and cancels. When Lionel puts Archie on the spot, the Jefferson's end up bringing dinner over to the Bunkers. Well, at least Mrs. Jefferson does---Mr. Jefferson refuses to have dinner with them and has gone to a Mets game instead.
Mike's artist friend, Szabo visits the Bunkers and decides he would like Gloria to pose for him ... in the nude.
Mike and Lionel plan on attending a demonstration at the United Nations. After a riot breaks Gloria asks Archie to bring them home, but he instead gets arrested with the other protesters.
It's Mike and Gloria's first wedding anniversary but the celebration turns into an arguement when each tell their version of when Mike and Archie first met.
A local election finds the Bunker's at odds over candidate Claire Packer whom Archie is against because "she's another loudmouth liberal who never knows when to shut up", plus shes a woman.
Edith has an accident at a grocery store when her shopping cart damages a parked with a can of cling peaches..."in heavy syrup"
Archie thinks about moving to California after seeing an ad for a real estate company offering to buy homes for substantial profit, problem is the agent is unscrupulously telling them that they will sell to minorities bringing down property values.
Archie tries giving Mike advice after stressing over his grades has Mike impotent.
While Archie agonizes over who to fire at work , Edith informs him that his insurance has been canceled.
Archie is to be on TV for a man on the streets interview but they may have to miss the airing after the TV breaks.
Archie has no Christmas spirit after finding out he didn't get a bonus this year as punishment for an error he made at work.
Archie is worried after finding out there's a FBI agent asking around the neighborhood about him.
Trouble ensues at the Bunker household after Mike's ex-girlfriend leaves a child off that she claims is his.
Mike and Gloria go away for 8 days leaving Edith and Archie alone with nothing to do. Archie gets upset after she lets him win at cards causing Edith to demand an apology.
Sammy Davis, Jr., encounters Archie Bunker in all his glory when the star ventures out to Queens to retrieve a briefcase he left in Munson's taxicab.
Archie is accused of breaking a washing macine at a laundromat but refuses to pay for repairs. Honest Edith is asked to be the judge of this case.
Archie gets upset after overhearing a conversation between Edith and Gloria after finding out his wife has a secret she has kept from him.
Maude's daughter Carol is getting married to a Jewish man and fear Archie's presence will ruin the wedding.
Archie plans a scheme when he overhears a man at the IRS talking about it over a pay phone. Archie is audited for unreported income after moonlighting by driving Munson's cab.
Archie is all over the attractive young wife of his old Army buddy who has come to stay with the Bunkers.
Archie's niece pays a visit to the Bunkers and has the house in an uproar when Archie discovers she has plans to go out dancing with Lionel Jefferson, a black man,
An absent minded Edith is worried when she discovers she has taken a wig from a department store. She meets with Father Majeski to confess that she may be a kleptomaniac.
The Stivic's wedding day is jeopardized when Archie and Mike's uncle argue over the use of a Catholic priest at the ceremony.
Archie decides they should use the insurance money from Edith's lost family heirloom to purchase a new television set. But when the locket resurfaces, he must now scheme to stay out of jail.
Gloria feels Mike is being a chauvinist when Mike insists that if he needs his appendix removed, it will be done by a male doctor.
Archie tries to convince everyone that he is not getting old, and soon changes his mind when he meets an old friend from his childhood who looks and acts much younger than Archie.
Gloria storms out of the house when she and Mike get into a disagreement. Edith soon follows when Archie does the same. The girls can be found at the home of Gloria's girlfriends, having a come-as-you-are party.
Archie has no interest in attending Edith's 30th high school reunion, until he learns that a handsome old boyfriend of hers will be there.
When Archie's "expensive" new watch he bought from a coworker seems broken, he must find someone who will fix it with no questions asked.
Archie wakes up to find a swastika painted on his front door and gets protection from a Jewish strong arm group.
Each family member of the Bunker clan has a different story when they recount the happenings of an encounter with the handymen in the kitchen earlier that day.
Archie secrectly attends night-school classes to qualify for a high school diploma and get a dispatcher's job.
Gloria is confused over what she should do after she was attacked by a man while passing by a construction site. The thought of prosecuting her assailant is what Archie suggests, but Mike doesn't want her put through any more trauma.
Gloria's foul mood catches up to Edith when she chastises her for giving in to Archie's every whim.
Archie feels jealously when the Lorenzo's move in and Edith becomes instant friends with Irene.
A sculpture of Rodin's "The Kiss" is given to the Stivic's as a gift from Irene Lorenzo, much to the displeasure of Frank Lorenzo and Archie, who feels it is a disgusting piece of trash.
A going away party for Henry Jefferson gives Archie the chance of finally meeting George Jefferson face to face.
When Edith writes for a free quarter from a prune company, she begins to receive a small fortune daily. Mike believes it is just a computer error, which Archie feels is their problem. That is, until Edith receives a notice that Archie has been declared dead.
A new game which is intended to be a form of group therapy has Mike feeling like he is being ganged up on when each player reveals a quirk about him that they would like to see him change.
When Edith finds solace in attending church with Irene Lorenzo, Archie feels that Irene has plans on converting Edith into a Catholic.
While the family is away, Archie finds himself locked in the cellar with a bottle of vodka. He spends the night drinking and contemplating his life, including making out his will on a tape recorder.
Gloria feels insulted when Mike is turned on by her new wig she had bought from the department store.
Archie and Edith go on a second honeymoon back to Atlantic city, the site of their original honeymoon 25 years ago.
Archie feigns an injured back, claiming Frank has put a Sicilian curse on him after challenging Irene to a game of pool and then discovering she is an accomplished player.
Archie feels down when he discovers it is his 50th birthday party and he has yet to accomplish the things he had dreamed of when he was younger.
Archie stabs an old friend in the back after finding out that he may be up for the same job at the loading docks that Archie has his eyes on.
While at Lionel's engagement party, Archie tangles with George Jefferson's mother by calling her "mammy".
Archie believes he has been poisoned by the mushrooms that Edith had put in his stew, after hearing a report of a recall of cans of mushrooms.
Gloria is holding a secret when she discovers she had a moment of being out of love with Michael, only to find out that Edith once felt the same way with Archie.
Archie feels his day of freedom has come as Mike's graduation day has come. But his mood changes when he finds out that Mike has accepted a fellowship and will be living there for another full year.
Archie tries to hold back the bad news that his union has ordered a strike, as the family plans a celebration.
Archie finds himself getting in everyones way around the home as his strike lingers on.
Edith becomes the breadwinner when she takes a job at Jefferson's Cleaners, against Archie's better judgment.
Mike's announcement that he doesn't want to have any kids angers both Gloria and the Bunkers.
Edith is worried when Archie disappears on his way to Buffalo for a convention, and with the prospect of holding her first Tupperware party.
Archie's return home finds the house in chaos with his friends seemingly holding a party, including a kissing contest, hula hoops and dancing.
Archie becomes a devout Christian after a near miss at the loading dock has him seeing his life pass before his eyes. But the pressures from his new found piousness has him with little time to enjoy the things he holds so dear, like watching TV.
George Jefferson uses Archie's signature to get on the ballot when he decides to run for a local political office.
When Mike's intellectual graduate school friend comes for a visit, Mike makes Gloria feel inadequate in front of him.
The series first four seasons are reviewed in an hour-long retrospective, hosted by Henry Fonda.
Archie feels uncomfortable when he finds out a plumbers assistant is on a work release program from Sing Sing prison.
Gloria teaches Edith how to fight fair with a spouse in an effort to get her to keep Archie from walking all over her.
Edith is shocked to discover her rich cousin Amelia is planning on getting a divorce.
Archie's conscience begins to bother him when Irene finds out that he has stolen a box of nails from work.
When Edith returns to her hometown for a wedding, she is reunited with her childhood sweetheart, who still has eyes for her.
Mike and Archie have a contest of wills when each claim they can easily give up their vices, eating and smoking.
Mike reluctantly agree to rent the house next door to get from under Archie's roof once and for all, a day Archie never thought he would see.
Gloria has an announcement, she is pregnant, but fears Michael's reaction since he has strong feelings over the world's overpopulation already.
Archie feels he can make his way up into his boss' good graces by being first to donate to his favorite charity. Unknown to Archie is that the organization is the organ bank.
Archie flaunts the fact he has saved the life of an unconscience woman in his cab. but he hopes to keep the story hushed after discovering the woman is really a man in drag.
Mike is fearing the prospect of natural childbirth and being in the delivery room when Gloria delivers the baby.
Mike is enraged when Gloria receives a pink slip in her paycheck because she is pregnant.
Archie feels abandoned by Edith when she takes a volunteer job at the Sunshine Home for the Elderly.
Archie is upset over Gloria and Mike's ideas for names for the baby and needs to remain calm for a physical at his workplace.
Gloria has a suspicion that Mike is having an affair with his student that he is tutoring.
Archie creates trouble at the Stivic's first Thanksgiving dinner when he finds out that Mike and Gloria plan on letting their child decide about religion.
Archie receives a summons after a policeman finds a tear gas container he used on a mugger and now faces a court date and possibly some time in jail.
Everyone is stressed out when Gloria becomes nine days overdue for the delivery of her first child.
Gloria becomes stuck in a phone booth at an Italian restaurant when she calls Archie and Edith to announce she is in labor. Meanwhile, Archie has stage fright when the lodge decides to perform a minstrel show.
The Stivic's have an argument when Michael makes a rash of decisions on his own without asking Gloria's opinion first, including moving their best friends wedding to their home with only a few hours to prepare.
Archie takes Joey to his poker game after fearing the Stivic's choice as a babysitter was a mistake. But can Archie get any help from his friends when he truly needs a helping hand?
Archie befriends an old man who's invention he wishes to invest in as a get rich quick scheme.
Mike learns what affirmative action is all about when he loses a teaching job in Minnesota to an equally qualified black man.
Archie is inspired to stick with the strict diet his doctor has recommended after talking with Mr. Quigley.
The baby's feeding schedule has impeded on Mike and Gloria's sex life.
Archie makes a plan to get Joey baptized behind Mike and Gloria's back after he learns they refuse to do so themselves.
Edith spends a night out at Kelsey's Bar to escape from Archie for the evening.
Edith leaves Archie when she finds out he dated a flirtatious waitress while she was volunteering at the Sunshine Home.
Edith forgives Archie's indiscretion after Mike and Gloria bring the two together for an emotional reunion.
Archie's self-esteem takes a beating when he loses his job on the loading dock.
A college grad threatens to commit suicide after he loses a janitor's job to Archie.
Archie's trip to the hospital is an ethnic nightmare: He's admitted by a Puerto Rican receptionist, treated by a Jewish physician, and is forced to accept a blood transfusion from a black doctor.
Archie recuperates in record time after he's called back to work -- with a raise and a promotion.
Archie suddenly makes a quick recovery from his operation after finding out there is a new position and a raise awaiting him at the loading docks.
Archie fixes up one of his drinking buddies with female impersonator Beverly LaSalle as revenge.
The Bunkers are stunned to hear that Mike and Gloria plan to appoint another couple as Joey's legal guardians in their will.
Edith saves a man's life and becomes the toast of the town, but Archie isn't happy standing in the shadow of her limelight.
Archie panics when a couple of old friends pay a visit, because he once had a fling with the woman
Mike and Gloria are furious with Archie for entering Joey's picture in a beautiful-baby contest.
Gloria insists that Mike get the vasectomy he's talked about for years.
Sparks fly when Mike invites a former draft resister to the Bunkers' Christmas dinner, where the guest of honor is the father of a vet who was killed in Vietnam.
Mike accidentally breaks Archie's chair; while out for repairs, it gets lost and later turns up in an art gallery.
Mike feigns fatigue so Gloria will consent to his going skiing with the boys rather than accompanying her to a party.
Archie panics when he's asked to deliver the eulogy at 'Stretch' Cunninham's funeral and then discovers that the deceased was Jewish.
Archie tries to collect on a fraudulent insurance claim after a small fire breaks out in the upstairs bathroom.
A word game mushrooms into warfare between Gloria and Mike, resulting in his sharing a bed with a disgruntled Archie.
After the press and civil-rights groups criticize the discrimination in Archie's lodge, a token effort is made to recruit a new member.
After he argues with Barney about the latter's dog, Archie accidentally backs a car over the pet.
Archie, desperate to realize his personal dream and buy Kelcy's Bar, forges Edith's signature on the mortgage papers.
Edith misses her birthday party when a rapist holds her at gunpoint in her own living room.
Edith escapes her rapist, but now refuses to press charges against him.
Edith ruins Archie's weekend fishing trip when she stages a wedding in the Bunker's living room for an elderly couple.
Archie enlists the services of his family to help with his bars grand opening after being deserted by Harry and his friends.
Archie takes a few pep pills to keep pace with the increased demands of running his own business and becomes addicted.
A despondent Archie retreats to his bedroom, until Harry offers to bail him out with a partnership offer for the bar.
Archie thinks up a plan to prevent the Klan members from burning a cross on Mike and Gloria's lawn.
In a flashback, Mike and Gloria recall their first date, which was arranged by her friend Debbie.
Edith's religious faith is shaken after her friend Beverly LaSalle is brutally murdered by thugs at Christmas.
Family members try to get Edith to reconsider after she renounces her faith in God because of the murder of Beverly LaSalle.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Archie anticipates great business at his bar, but unfortunately so do two robbers.
Much to Archie's discomfort, Edith's Aunt Iola comes to visit, and he fears that she may plan to stay permanently.
The neighborhood butcher reacts to Edith's many kindnesses by falling for her
After a hostile silence of 29 years, Archie and his brother are reunited, rekindling a sibling rivalry.
Mike and Gloria prepare to move to California, but circumstances temporarily place them back with the Bunkers.
Mike tries to choose between a farewell dinner Edith has planned and a social meeting with his new boss.
The Bunker house is the scene of tearful good-byes as Mike and Gloria finally leave for California.
Edith's cousin Floyd abandons his nine-year-old daughter, Stephanie, on the Bunkers' doorstep.
A spot on his liver leads Archie to believe that he's dying, so he suddenly turns into a calmer, gentler human being.
Archie and Edith are divided over Stephanie's future with them; he wants the child out, while she has other ideas.
Once again, Archie and Edith try to preserve peace between Barney Hefner and his extremely wayward wife
While away at an American Legion convention, a joking Pinky Peterson plays a prank on Archie, having a black airline stewardess slip into bed with him.
Edith is refused credit when she tries to buy a television set for Archie, then encounters a problem taking out a loan.
Edith is arrested for passing phony ten-dollar bills she got from Archie's Place during Christmas time.
Mike's bad back forces the Stivics to cancel their trip home for Christmas , the Bunkers decide to travel west for the holidays.
The Bunkers arrive in Santa Barbara for Christmas and soon discover that all is not right with Mike and Gloria.
The Bunkers discover Mike and Gloria are seperated, and plan on getting a divorce.
When Edith develops laryngitis on the eve of her singing debut at Stephanie's PTA recital, Archie steps in to understudy the duet.
Edith meets butcher Klemmer's new sweetheart, a woman who just happens to be her spitting image.
Edith and Archie rush Stephanie to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.
The Bunkers are at odds over Stephanie's punishment when they catch her stealing petty items from around the house and from her favorite teacher.
Barney Hefner is suicidal after Blanche finally deserts him, until Archie fixes him up with an overweight but wealthy widow.
Archie's brother, Fred, arrives with his latest wife -- a child bride of eighteen .
Edith loses her job at the Sunshine Home after she honors an invalid woman's final wish to be allowed to die with dignity.
Norman Lear hosts an affectionate look at the high points of his ground-breaking TV series.
Archie hits the roof when Edith rents out the old Jefferson house to a black couple.
Stephanie's father, Floyd, finally arrives with a devastating proposition for the Bunkers: They can keep Stephanie if they agree to pay him one thousand dollars cash.
Archie is hurt and outraged when Edith tries to hide a serious illness from him after trying to prepare a St. Patricks day party at the bar.