All in the Family: Season 9
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For this final season, Norman Lear hosted an endearing 90-minute Family Retrospective that allowed fans of the show to look back and relive the greatest moments of the groundbreaking series. The special originally aired during the Season Nine run and is included in this DVD set.
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After "little goil" and "meathead" left for California at the end of last season this season finds Archie and Edith starting out alone. Soon enough, in the first episode as a matter of fact, Danielle Brisebois joins the cast as Stephanie and adds a fun dynamic by giving us a look at Archie and Edith as parents of a young child (I always watch these episodes and think of them as a look back on what it might have been like for Gloria growing up, despite Archie having mellowed considerably since then). After a truly great eighth season, though one with many multipart arcs, the final season switches back to more of a one topic per episode format with the exception of the spectacular Christmas episode.
This final season contains the following 24 episodes (27 if you count the restrospective):
Little Miss Bunker (9/24/1978)
Edith's cousin Floyd abandon's his nine year old daughter Stephanie on the bunker's doorstep.
End in Sight (10/1/1978)
Archie wallows in self-pity after an ominous spout is found on his liver during an insurance physical.
Reunion on Hauser Street (10/8/1978)
The Bunker's try to reunite Barney Hefner with his wife Blanche.
What'll We Do with Stephanie? (10/15/1978)
When Floyd fails to pick Stephanie up as promised the Bunkers debate keeping her.Read more ›
The main problem with Season Nine is the absence of Mike ("Meathead") & Gloria Stivic, now gone to California with grandson Joey. Both characters only appear in one special Christmas episode. Thus, long gone are the staple Michael/Archie arguments that comprised the bulk of the show's humor.
As a result, this season is as much (if not more) a drama than a comedy. The inclusion of little Stephanie adds some heartfelt moments, while Archie is given more of a "heart" than ever before. I really have to give credit to show creator Norman Lear in this respect. He knew that comedy is fleeting, so he slowly transformed AITF into more of a dramatic program that really allowed it to survive for 3-4 decent seasons once the gut-busting had run dry.
It is a little disappointing that this wonderful show wasn't given the send-off it deserved. The final scene is touching, but that whole episode should have been an AITF celebration, not a stand-alone plot.
Overall, this is a decent season that does add some significant wrinkles to the show and its history. Clearly, the writers were in uncharted territory with the major casting changes, but they still managed to coast to a pretty good final season. Enough so that the sequel "Archie Bunker's Place" actually seems like a decent proposition for viewing.
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Without the contentions of Mike and Gloria Stivic, the series depends on the familial events generally devised for a newly defined family of Archie, Edith and Stephanie. Read morePublished 29 days ago by ClarityOfMind
Can't say enough how much I am still enjoying this show...EVERY season!Published 2 months ago by Gene Jenkins
I own every episode and this is still the best show ever IMO, even after all these decades.Published 4 months ago by Thistle