704 Hauser

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.[1]

704 Hauser
Created byNorman Lear
Directed byNorman Lear
Jack Shea
StarringJohn Amos
Lynnie Godfrey
T.E. Russell
Maura Tierney
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (1 unaired)
Running time2224 minutes
Production company(s)ELP Communications
Act III Television
Castle Rock Entertainment
Columbia Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseApril 11 (1994-04-11) 
May 9, 1994 (1994-05-09)
Preceded byAll in the Family
Archie Bunker's Place
Related showsMaude
The Jeffersons
Good Times
Checking In


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.[2]

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).


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Meet the Cumberbatchs"Norman LearNorman Lear and Kevin HeelanApril 11, 1994 (1994-04-11)
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 SheaJohn Baskin and Roger ShulmanApril 18, 1994 (1994-04-18)
Ernie conspires to find Goodie a new girlfriend.
3"Ernie Live on Tape"Jack SheaJanet Lynne JacksonApril 25, 1994 (1994-04-25)
Ernie and Goodie disagree over an incident of alleged racial harassment.
4"Triskaidekaphobia"Jack SheaGreg Cope and Sean DwyerMay 2, 1994 (1994-05-02)
Friday the 13th brings bad luck to the Cumberbatchs.
5"All That Jasmine"Jack SheaAndrea Allen-WileyMay 9, 1994 (1994-05-09)
Rose's sister interferes with Ernie's birthday surprise.
6"Revelations"Jack SheaWalter Allen Bennett, Jr.Unaired (Unaired)
Ernie discovers a master plan to reduce his taxes by becoming a minister.

Home media

The pilot episode, "Meet the Cumberbatchs", was included as a bonus feature on the All in the Family: The Complete Series DVD box set released by Shout! Factory on October 30, 2012.


  1. Svetkey, Benjamin (April 15, 1994). "Norman Lear's new sitcom 704 Hauser". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
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