Monday, August 15, 2011

A Comedy Classic: Shabbat Dinner With Archie and Edith Bunker

Every now and then we come across an unexpected gem while surfing for funny blog posts. Today we found a complete Jewish-themed episode of "Archie Bunker's Place," a spin-off from the long running "All in the Family," that we don't remember seeing when the sitcom series was in its heyday from 1971 to 1983.

Let's set the scene:  Archie's Jewish niece Stephanie (daughter of Edith's nephew and his Jewish wife who died in a car crash) is living with the Bunkers. Archie's Jewish partner Murray (played by veteran actor Martin Balsam) is bringing his girlfriend Ruth to the Friday night dinner that Edith is cooking up with Murray's mother's recipe for matzo ball soup. When Murray's mother finds out that Murray is bringing the girl, she eagerly accepts Edith's invitation to join them for Shabbat dinner.

When it's revealed that Ruth isn't Jewish, it doesn't take long for the politically incorrect comments to fly. During the course of the evening, Edith learns the meaning of Shabbat, Oy Vey, and Schnapps, and is exposed to other Yiddish and Hebrew expressions.

We hope you'll like this one, so get comfortable (it's 23 minutes long) and enjoy!

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