704 Hauser is an American sitcom and a spin-off of All in the Family (the final of several) that aired on CBS from April 11 to May 9, 1994. The series is built around the concept of a black family, the Cumberbatch Family, moving into the former Queens home of Archie Bunker years after Bunker had sold the house located at 704 Hauser Street. The All in the Family character Joey Stivic, Archie's grandson (played by Casey Siemaszko), makes a cameo in the first episode.
|Created by||Norman Lear|
|Directed by||Norman Lear|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (1 unaired)|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||ELP Communications|
Act III Television
Castle Rock Entertainment
Columbia Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||April 11 –|
May 9, 1994
|Preceded by||All in the Family|
Archie Bunker's Place
Norman Lear created the series during the time when conservative talk radio was experiencing its initial upswing in popularity in the United States, particularly in the form of Rush Limbaugh. Lear felt that the time was right for a new show to explore some of the issues being discussed, and 704 Hauser was even more explicitly political than All in the Family.
John Amos, a veteran of the earlier Lear sitcom Good Times (itself a spin-off of the All in the Family spin-off Maude), starred as Ernie Cumberbatch, while Lynnie Godfrey played his wife, Rose. T.E. Russell played their live-at-home son, Thurgood Marshall "Goodie" Cumberbatch.
The show featured a reversal of the original All in the Family formula. Ernie and Rose Cumberbatch were working class Democrats, while their son Goodie was a conservative activist and his girlfriend, Cherlyn Markowitz (Maura Tierney), was white and Jewish.
The show attracted middling ratings, and was canceled after five episodes (with one episode remaining unaired).
In the second episode of the first season of All in the Family ("Writing the President"), Archie mentions a black friend of his from "the old neighborhood" named Roundtree Cumberbatch; Mike replies that he thinks the name is made up.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Meet the Cumberbatchs"||Norman Lear||Norman Lear and Kevin Heelan||April 11, 1994|
|A pair of liberal black parents struggles with their conservative son and his white girlfriend.|
|2||"Here's Why Ernie Should Never Be Left Home Alone"||Jack Shea||John Baskin and Roger Shulman||April 18, 1994|
|Ernie conspires to find Goodie a new girlfriend.|
|3||"Ernie Live on Tape"||Jack Shea||Janet Lynne Jackson||April 25, 1994|
|Ernie and Goodie disagree over an incident of alleged racial harassment.|
|4||"Triskaidekaphobia"||Jack Shea||Greg Cope and Sean Dwyer||May 2, 1994|
|Friday the 13th brings bad luck to the Cumberbatchs.|
|5||"All That Jasmine"||Jack Shea||Andrea Allen-Wiley||May 9, 1994|
|Rose's sister interferes with Ernie's birthday surprise.|
|6||"Revelations"||Jack Shea||Walter Allen Bennett, Jr.||Unaired|
|Ernie discovers a master plan to reduce his taxes by becoming a minister.|