All in the Family (1971–1979)
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The Election Story 

Archie and Mike argue over who's the best candidate in a local election.


John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Michael Ross | 2 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
Mike Evans ... Lionel Jefferson
Barbara Cason ... Claire Packer
Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson
Frank Whiteman Frank Whiteman ... Policeman
Ida Mae McKenzie ... Mrs. Edwards
Robert R. Barry Robert R. Barry ... Man at the Door (as Robert Gibbons)


Election Day is coming and Archie is at odds with Mike over which candidate is most qualified for the job, mainly because Mike's choice is a woman named Claire Packer. Mike is shocked to learn that Archie is choosing not to vote, and in arriving at the polls, Edith is shocked to learn that he isn't even registered and that he hasn't voted since 1960. Suddenly desperate to get his vote out, Archie tries encourage Edith to cast her vote for his choice rather than her own. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

30 October 1971 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Ferguson's Market is mentioned for the first time. See more »


Archie Bunker: Listen, sis, I got a word of advice for you. Women and politics is like oil and gasoline - they don't mix. It's against nature.
Claire Packer: Why, Mr. Bunker, you sound like a male chauvinist.
Archie Bunker: Right, an ordinary taxpayer. Now you better stop runnin' for public office and start runnin' there for a husband, 'cause I wanna tell ya, from where I sit, you got some running to do.
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You are a meathead!
30 April 2015 | by stones78See all my reviews

Considering this episode is about politics, you just know that Mike and Archie will disagree, and that'll lead to some good arguments. What I remember most is the conversation between Claire Packer(Barbara Cason), the "queen of the liberals" and Archie; she later calls him a "meathead", as she mentions that was a name her father used for those like Archie. Mike also adds "that means dead from the neck up" to a surprised Archie, who couldn't believe that HE was called that name. Since it's time to vote on a local election, which Packer is involved in, Archie must vote for a more conservative candidate, as long as it isn't her! Lionel makes an uninteresting appearance, trying to make Archie vote for his(Lionel's)candidate, then acts annoyed when Archie says he'll vote with his gut reaction. There's a few other funny moments, including the "balanced ticket" speech from Archie, and the scene at the polling station, where Archie isn't even allowed to vote, but you'll have to watch for yourself to find out why. This isn't a great episode, but it's still better than most other shows.

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