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RIP Norman Lear Dies at 101 (3 Viewers)

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Norman Lear, the television writer and producer who introduced political and social commentary into situation comedy with “All in the Family” and other shows, proving that it was possible to be topical as well as funny while attracting millions of viewers, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 101.

His death was confirmed by Lara Bergthold, a spokeswoman for the family.

“The Jeffersons” looked at the struggles faced by an upwardly mobile Black family; the very different Black family on “Good Times” dealt with poverty and discrimination. The protagonist of “Maude” was an outspoken feminist; the heroine of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” was plagued by all manner of modern-day problems, not least her own neurosis.


“You looked around television in those years,” Mr. Lear said in a 2012 New York Times interview, referring to the middle and late 1960s, “and the biggest problem any family faced was ‘Mother dented the car, and how do you keep Dad from finding out’; ‘the boss is coming to dinner, and the roast’s ruined.’ The message that was sending out was that we didn’t have any problems.”
 
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What a cultural legacy he leaves behind. He brought controversial ideas into every living room at a time when American TV was timid, and he changed the art form to be about something, not merely a diversion. I'm forever grateful for what he accomplished.
 

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There's no need to summarize the amazing life and contributions of this man. Those who know, know and those who don't are too young to know.

101 years is an amazing life for anyone but this man packed his years with timeless gifts for us all.

R.I.P to a true television pioneer!
 

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Hard to believe that he is gone since he's seemed such a part of the television landscape for so many years. He provided many hours of enjoyment and thoughtful repose over the decades, and I will be eternally grateful. R.I.P.
 

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In recognition of Lear’s accomplishments and influence across television, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX and The CW will simulcast an on-air in memoriam card tonight at 8:00 PM, ET/PT to honor the late legendary TV writer and producer.

In addition, Pluto TV will be running marathons of Lear’s most famous shows Wednesday at 7 pm ET: All in the Family on the Classic TV: Families channel, Maude on Classic TV Comedy and Sanford & Son and The Jeffersons on Black Classics.
 
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Wow he was amazing. In addition to all of his comedic credits, I believe he also worked on some episodes of Mister Ed. Everything he touched was golden. RIP
 

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Hard to believe that he is gone since he's seemed such a part of the television landscape for so many years.
Especially since he was so active and engaged well into his second century. As recently as last week, he was working on redeveloping the "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" reboot to shop it around after TBS exited scripted programming.

Any of us would be very lucky indeed to live as long or as well as he did.
 

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