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Buttmunker 05-01-06 09:49 AM

ALL IN THE FAMILY - Pick the best episode per season
 
Obviously there are a lot of favorite episodes per season, but if you had to pick the strongest, stand-out episode per Season, which would it be?

My picks for the first four:

Season One
Edith Has Jury Duty: Archie, Mike, and Gloria read in the papers that the trial Edith is serving jury duty on has a hung jury - a lone juror is unconvinced of the defendent's guilt. Archie says, the lone juror - they should have just wrote 'the lone dingbat'

Season Two
Edith's Problem: a priceless episode. Edith is going through menopause, and tells Archie to stifle.

Season Three
Archie is Branded: somebody paints a swastika on the Bunker front door, and the end of the episode is so powerful, the usual clapping from the audience was muted.

Season Four
Pay the Twenty Dollars: Archie unknowingly pays George Jefferson with a counterfeit twenty dollar bill, and the whole money exchange at the end of the episode was genius

dx23 05-01-06 09:55 AM

This should go on the TV are of the forum.

Buttmunker 05-01-06 09:58 AM

I agree - my error - moderator, please relocate thread.

Charlie Goose 05-01-06 01:14 PM

Synopses from IMDB, where available.

Season 1, Episode 10: Archie Is Worried About His Job
Archie can't sleep because he's worried about possible layoffs at the loading dock where he works.

Season 2, Episode 5: Flashback: Mike Meets Archie
On their first anniversary, Mike and Gloria reminisce (in flashback) the first time Gloria brought the Meathead home to meet the man that would become his father-in-law.

Season 3, Episode 14: Archie Is Branded
Archie thinks a swastika painted on his door may be juvenile pranksters, but Mike is concerned that the Bunkers' home may have been mistaken for the residence of a Jewish radical.

Season 4, Episode 10: Archie in the Cellar
When the rest of the family is away for the weekend, Archie accidentally locks himself in the basement, and has only a tape recorder and a bottle of vodka to keep him entertained.

Season 5, Episode 23: No Smoking - My #1 favorite episode
A contest between Archie and Mike, to see who can abstain from his favorite indulgence (Archie's being smoking cigars, Mike's eating everything in sight) becomes a battle of wills. Who will win this 48-hour contest?

Season 6, Episode 12: Archie's Civil Rights
A mugger tries to attack Archie in his cab ... but this time, Archie strikes back with some pepper spray. So why is Archie the one facing criminal charges?

Season 7, Episode 15: The Draft Dodger

Season 8, Episode 6: Archie and the KKK: Two parter

Season 9, Episode 6: What'll We Do with Stephanie?

JAA 05-01-06 03:16 PM


Originally Posted by Buttmunker
Season Two
Edith's Problem: a priceless episode. Edith is going through menopause, and tells Archie to stifle...

I am self-described AITF freak and this is easily my all-time favorite episode. :)

THX7966 05-01-06 04:32 PM


Originally Posted by Buttmunker
Season Two
Edith's Problem: a priceless episode. Edith is going through menopause, and tells Archie to stifle.

Not just one of the best "Family" episodes, but one of the best sitcom episodes of all time.

mike7162 05-01-06 08:58 PM

"The Draft Dodger" is my favorite

Jack Straw 05-02-06 01:50 AM

Archie locked in the basement is right up there too! Particularly when he meets his Lord. :lol:

Charlie Goose 05-02-06 02:11 PM

"Oh Lord, Jefferson was right!"


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