All in the Familyby Carder

Lear’s genius was to get All in the Family on the air, and then to introduce previously taboo topics to American television. As Lear pointed out, prior to All in the Family, the common idea of a sitcom was pastoral and agricultural, such as Petticoat Junction. He went on to point out that in the earlier world of sitcoms, a plot might be that the boss is coming to dinner and the roast is burned.

Introducing topics such as racism, abortion, and menopause took American television to a whole different level.

~ Bob Gelfand describing the influence of television producer Norman Lear in shaping the television culture of America via the hit series All in the Family, City Watch, March 17

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