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1 x 60 minute episode
21 x 30 minute episodes
Yet another spin-off from All In The Family, this time starring Sally Struthers as Gloria Stivic (Archie Bunker’s daughter) and her eight-year-old son, Joey, starting a new life now that she is divorced from Mike, who ran off to live in a commune with a flower child.
The hour-length pilot of Gloria, aired in the USA on 28 February 1982, was actually an episode of Archie Bunker’s Place.
The series opener, screened seven months later, duly found the former Mrs Meathead starting anew as an assistant to a veteran veterinarian, Dr Willard Adams, (Burgess Meredith) and subsequent episodes told of her new life and struggle to survive as a single working mother in Foxridge in upstate New York.
This final spin-off from All In The Family proved to be as pedestrian as its parent programme had been ground-breaking.
Poor old Gloria: after years living under Archie Bunker’s roof she now found herself working at a vet’s practice – forever destined, it would seem, to be surrounded by dumb animals.
Dr Willard Adams
Dr Maggie Lawrence
Jo De Winter