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Creator: Norman Lear
Norman Milton Lear (born July 27, 1922) is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning and Academy Award nominated television writer, producer, screenwriter and occasional voice actor best known for being the creator, producer or developer of a number of sitcom megahits in 1970s including All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times and Sanford and Son (with Bud Yorkin) among others. Lear's sitcoms are fondly remembered amongst the best of era and as revolutionary trope codifiers of the socially conscious Sitcom as his shows often dealt frankly (even by today's standards) with social issues of the day and breaking taboos of the day (everything from All in the Family having the first audible toilet to Maude featuring the first sitcom character to get an abortion) without being overly preachy. Lear's various production companies continued pumping out sitcoms through The Eighties and into The Nineties (Diff'rent Strokes, Whos The Boss and The Facts of Life among them) before hitting a bit of a lull with a string of shows that got Screwed by the Network after only a few episodes and generally aren't as highly regarded (or well remembered) as his early work.

Lear is also known for being a social and political activist for liberal causes (often of the 1st Amendment variety) having founded the progressive advocacy group People For the American Way and often contributing to Democrat campaigns. He's also credited by Rob Reiner (who had acted on Lear's All in the Family) as having helped jump start his directing career by fronting the money for This Is Spinal Tap. As of late he's become close friends with Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame having voice acted in a couple episodes, being credited as a consultant on a few others and even officiating Trey Parker's wedding.

List of Works

Films Written
  • Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
  • Divorce American Style (1967) - Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
  • Cold Turkey (1971)

TV Shows Created or Produced


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