Norman Lear, who made funny sitcoms about serious topics, dies at 101 - The Beast Blast
Norman Lear, who made funny sitcoms about serious topics, dies at 101
Norman Lear, who addressed serious issues in humorous sitcoms, died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 101. Matthew Lawrence, a spokesperson for the family, said the producer and screenwriter died of natural causes.
Lear was hailed for producing beloved television shows like All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and later, for his work as a political activist.A post on his Facebook page said that he was "surrounded by his family as we told stories and sang songs until the very end."
The families in Lear's shows had conversations about the real things that were going on in the 1970s. Before these shows, television worlds were simpler, nicer places,
says Darnell Hunt, a leading scholar of racial representation on TV. They had plot lines like: "I burnt the pot roast. What are we gonna do we don't have anything for dinner.
Or I have a talent show at school and I don't know how to dance." Or I have a talent show at school and I don't know how to dance."
"Those shows took on issues that couldn't be resolved," Hunt says. "They were issues that were at the heart of inequality and struggle in American society.
He tackled everything from homophobia, sexism, racism, you name it."If you watched All in the Family, you probably already have a sense of Lear's own family.