The BEST Episodes of All in the Family

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2020

Network: CBS

Legendary and controversial series focused on conservative working stiff Archie Bunker fighting the tide of social change and dealing with flighty wife Edith, daughter Gloria and left-leaning son-in-law Michael Stivic.

The Bunkers and the Swingers

#1 - The Bunkers and the Swingers

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 28, 1972

Edith unwillingly invites a pair of wife-swapping swingers to dinner when she responds to a newspaper ad for pen pals.

star 8.88
68 votes
Writers: Bernie West, Lee Kalcheim, Michael Ross
Edith's 50th Birthday (2)

#2 - Edith's 50th Birthday (2)

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 16, 1977

Edith must deal with her sexual assault and identify the perpetrator.

star 8.70
10 votes
Directors: Paul Bogart
Writers: Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf
Archie and the Editorial

#3 - Archie and the Editorial

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 16, 1972

Archie rails against gun control in a TV editorial.

star 8.64
99 votes
Writers: Don Nicholl, George Bloom
Lionel Steps Out

#4 - Lionel Steps Out

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 14, 1972

Archie is aghast to find out that his visiting niece plans to go out dancing with Lionel Jefferson.

star 8.35
80 votes
Lionel's Engagement

#5 - Lionel's Engagement

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 9, 1974

The family attends Lionel's engagement party, where his parents discover that one of his fiancé's parents is white.

star 8.33
61 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bernie West, Michael Ross
Flashback: Mike and Gloria's Wedding (1)

#6 - Flashback: Mike and Gloria's Wedding (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 11, 1972

On the Stivics' second anniversary, the family recalls the comedy of errors that transpired on the wedding day.

star 8.28
71 votes
Writers: Don Nicholl, Phil Mishkin, Rob Reiner
Archie and the Computer

#7 - Archie and the Computer

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 27, 1973

A computer informs Archie that he's been declared dead.

star 8.27
70 votes
Writers: Don Nicholl, Gordon Mitchell, Lloyd Turner
Sammy's Visit

#8 - Sammy's Visit

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 19, 1972

Sammy Davis Jr. visits the Bunkers and plants a kiss on Archie's cheek.

star 8.18
60 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bill Dana
Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood

#9 - Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 2, 1971

Archie and several neighbors learn that a black family is moving into the neighborhood, unaware that it is the Jeffersons. Lionel finds out about the effort to purchase the Jeffersons' new house and gets Archie to reveal his plans.

star 8.18
140 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bryan Joseph, Don Nicholl
Archie Is Branded

#10 - Archie Is Branded

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 24, 1973

Archie wakes up to find a swastika painted on his front door.

star 8.15
73 votes
Writers: Vincent Bogert
Archie Feels Left Out

#11 - Archie Feels Left Out

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 12, 1974

Archie refuses to attend his own birthday party.

star 8.13
53 votes
Writers: Don Nicholl, Howard Storm, Paul Lichtman
Henry's Farewell

#12 - Henry's Farewell

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1973

Archie finally meets George Jefferson at Henry's going-away party.

star 8.13
61 votes
Archie Finds a Friend

#13 - Archie Finds a Friend

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 26, 1976

Archie has ulterior motives when he befriends a Jewish watchmaker, who has a sure-fire invention that the world has been waiting for.

star 8.13
24 votes
Directors: Paul Bogart
Writers: Larry Rhine, Mel Tolkin
Edith's Conversion

#14 - Edith's Conversion

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 10, 1973

Archie thinks Irene Lorenzo is trying to convert Edith to Catholicism.

star 8.12
66 votes
Writers: Don Nicholl, Ray Taylor
Beverly Rides Again

#15 - Beverly Rides Again

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 6, 1976

Archie fixes up a drinking buddy with a female impersonator.

star 8.12
26 votes
Directors: Paul Bogart
Writers: Douglas Arango, Phil Doran
Everybody Tells the Truth

#16 - Everybody Tells the Truth

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 3, 1973

The family recounts vastly different versions of the same encounter with a pair of handymen in the kitchen.

star 8.11
70 votes
Writers: Don Nicholl
We're Having a Heat Wave

#17 - We're Having a Heat Wave

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1973

Henry Jefferson joins Archie in trying to prevent a Hispanic family from moving into the neighborhood.

star 8.11
89 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bernie West, Michael Ross, Norman Lear
Mike's Hippie Friends Come to Visit

#18 - Mike's Hippie Friends Come to Visit

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 23, 1971

Mike invites an unmarried hippie couple to spend the night in the living room, despite Archie's strenuous objections.

star 8.10
129 votes
Writers: Bryan Joseph, Don Nicholl, Phil Mishkin, Rob Reiner
Archie Learns His Lesson

#19 - Archie Learns His Lesson

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 10, 1973

Archie attends night-school classes to qualify for a high-school diploma.

star 8.09
70 votes
Archie Sees a Mugging

#20 - Archie Sees a Mugging

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 29, 1972

Archie refuses to get involed with the police, even though he's the only witness to a neighborhood mugging.

star 8.06
48 votes
Writers: Don Nicholl, Phil Mishkin
We're Still Having a Heat Wave

#21 - We're Still Having a Heat Wave

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1973

As the Lorenzos settle in, Archie grows jealous of Edith's friendship with Irene.

star 8.06
68 votes
Writers: Bernie West, Michael Ross, Paul Wayne
Chain Letter

#22 - Chain Letter

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1975

Archie's refusal to participate in a chain letter triggers a string of unlikely events.

star 8.00
27 votes
Writers: Lou Derman, Milt Josefsberg
The Dinner Guest

#23 - The Dinner Guest

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 12, 1978

Edith farewell dinner for the Stivics poses a conflict for Mike.

star 8.00
18 votes
Edith's Problem

#24 - Edith's Problem

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 8, 1972

Edith is suddenly moody and irritable with the approach of menopause.

star 7.98
52 votes
The Games Bunkers Play

#25 - The Games Bunkers Play

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 3, 1973

Mike refuses to accept criticism during an informal group-therapy game.

star 7.97
63 votes