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Wednesday, December 06, 2023

As the producer of "All in the Family" and many other shows, Mr. Lear showed that it was possible to be topical, funny and immensely popular.



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He was a man of his times, with his finger on the pulse of American culture.

I do not consider him a "great" man, or any other sort of visionary. But I do acknowledge that he had a very keen understanding of where the American people were at in the 1970s, and what we were ready for next.

Over my life span I have noticed that people like that do turn up in different parts of the entertainment business every so often. A George Lucas. A Dave Chappelle. An Aaron Spelling. etc.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2023-12-06 02:18 PM | Reply

Ground-breaking is the term you're stumbling around for.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-12-06 03:22 PM | Reply

I would agree with that assessment Moder8, with the lone caveat that I believe
he WAS a visionary in knowing what the American people of the time craved.
America was ending its love affair with the American Feel Good stories of
the Leave it to Beaver and Andy Griffith 50's and 60's and wanting a more
accurate reflection of life, and the changing times during the 70's.
Norman Lear, and his dogged determination, provided them with that.

#3 | Posted by earthmuse at 2023-12-06 03:23 PM | Reply

-Mr. Lear's juggernaut of hits, including "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "Maude," "Good Times," "The Jeffersons" and "One Day at a Time."-


#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2023-12-06 03:36 PM | Reply

Never liked his stuff. Except for Fernwood Tonight. All the characters on his shows ever did was fight and insult each other.Mean spirted and not pleasant.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2023-12-06 04:03 PM | Reply

Yes. True. But the characters on his shows were living real lives and their commentary reflected society of the time.

I'd be willing to wager his shows helped bring new perspectives into American homes and opened a lot of minds.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2023-12-06 04:09 PM | Reply

I thought he died,like, Years Ago.

#7 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2023-12-06 04:32 PM | Reply

The man who!fired James EvansJohn Amos and totally turned a soso comedy into a has been. Just white, white and more white.

#8 | Posted by fresno500 at 2023-12-06 06:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"You thought".


#9 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-12-06 09:08 PM | Reply

#5 you're 'one tough nut to please' if you couldn't crack up laughing
at Sanford & Son, or the Jeffersons, or didn't shed tears when Edith died,
and saw Archie clutching Edith's slipper on their bed, fighting back his own
tears and the memory of the woman he had lost...

I consider many of his works classics of American television, and still watch
Sanford & Son reruns when I can find them to this day.

#10 | Posted by earthmuse at 2023-12-07 06:41 AM | Reply


I did like Grady. And as a young teen enjoyed Michelle Phillips' -------.

#11 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2023-12-07 06:55 AM | Reply

"He was a man of his times, with his finger on the pulse of American culture."

He was a man AHEAD of his times you meathead. lol

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2023-12-07 12:44 PM | Reply

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