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The Sitcoms of Norman Lear

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Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, Maude--the television sitcom world of the 1970s was peopled by the creations of Norman Lear. Beginning in 1971 with the premier of All in the Family, Lear's work gave sitcoms a new face and a new style. No longer were families perfect and lives in order. Mostly blue-collar workers and their families, Lear's characters argued, struggled, utt ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 27th 2006 by McFarland & Company
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Petty Lisbon
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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There are times where I question the path that I've taken in my life when I'm watching Antenna TV reruns of Maude at 3:30 AM half asleep, but reading this book validated my choices. This book gives recaps of Norman Lear's shows, with interviews, behind the scenes drama, and of course, the societal impact that each show had. I'm someone who spends a lot of time reading about television (more than I watch it), but there were still plots that I didn't know about (such as the recession era plots
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Nate
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the sections on the shows I had seen, All in the Family, and Maude. This felt a bit like the lit analysis we write in school talking about what specific quotes mean and not proving much history as t to the shows themselves which is what I really wanted.
Richard
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
In his first book, Sean Campbell provides us with an overview of the genius of Norman Lear, the TV producer who was responsible for such ground-breaking shows as _All in the Family_, _Good Times_ and _Maude_. Chapter by chapter, Campbell takes one of Lear's monumental shows and runs through its history from conception to cancellation to examine the political issues prevalent at the time (or political debates inspired by their address on Lear's shows), the show's behind-the-scenes conflicts, and ...more
Chris
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Normal Lear sitcoms, All in the family, Good Times, and Maude
The story of Norman Lear and the Television shows he created should be a book every person who wants to be a sitcom producer needs to read. This book details the ups and downs of what it took to create the shows and characters that he did. Norman was a person who put into his shows what life put into him. This is what made his shows work in the beginning. He used what he knew to capture his audiences' attention. He would always push the envelop if it meant better ratings.

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Shant
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Apparently the author was 18 years old when he wrote this? I'm impressed/ would like to know the context, but there were parts of this book where I couldn't get past the author's age*. Like a paragraph would just end with a sentence saying 'Clearly the course of television would be on a different path without Norman Lear'. Obviously that's true, but more direct correlations would have been better. In the late 2010's/early 2020's, for example, with the Comedy categories of the Emmy's ha
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