Archie Bunker's Chair from All in the Family

Description
The popular and controversial sitcom All in the Family (CBS, 1971-79) broke with convention and shattered taboos by depicting, in the words of creator Norman Lear, "real people dealing with real issues."
Social conflicts of the day played out in the Bunkers' living room as the bigoted Archie clashed with his liberal son-in-law and his wife Edith struggled to keep the peace. With sharp but affectionate humor, the show exposed the flaws and complexities of one American family.
Object Name
chair
Object Type
Chair
user
T. A. T. Productions
Physical Description
wood (frame; arms; legs; stretcher material)
fabric (upholstery material)
Measurements
overall: 40 in x 26 in x 31 in; 101.6 cm x 66.04 cm x 78.74 cm
ID Number
1978.2146.01
accession number
1978.2146
catalog number
1978.2146.01
subject
Television
Domestic Furnishings
Popular Entertainment
All in the Family {Television Program}
National Treasures exhibit
Television
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
Exhibition
American Stories
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Tandem/TAT Productions (through Norman Lear)
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

Visitor Comments

10/6/2014 12:23:26 AM
V.S.
I'd like to see this chair in person. (Actually, if we're being honest here, I'd would love to SIT in this chair, one day.) V.S.
10/2/2016 2:20:44 AM
Barbara Davis
I saw this exhibit twice years ago and it was so interesting. I could just picture Archie in his chair.....it looked comfortable, too!
4/28/2015 9:06:04 PM
Jackie white
Is it correct that the "Archie bunker" chair is not available for viewing? At what point would this piece of TV memorabilia be available for viewing again. I am from Canada and not local to the area. Thanks Jackie white
7/22/2015 8:56:03 AM
National Museum of American History
As of this writing, the Bunker chairs are on display in our "American Stories" exhibition. As with other objects on display, their status is subject to change.
10/30/2016 11:17:50 AM
Chad Hallman
This is not Archie's first chair. The most widely used one, yes. But not the first. There is an unaired 1968 episode called "Justice for all' , BEFORE it was called "All in the family". The chair Archie sat in is different, than the one ised in REGULAR shows. Edith's chair is the same. House is different, girl olaying Gloria is different, and the guy who plays Gloria's husband is named Richard and played by a different guy. Any chair that should be really iconic , is Edith's original chair. Technically speaking. LOVE THE SHOW EITHER WAY ! MY # 1 FAVORITE 70'S COMEDY .
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