Dec 06, 2023

By Jeremy Logan

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The world of television has lost a titan.

Writer-producer-developer Norman Lear has died at age 101.

Lear revolutionized American comedy with such ground-breaking, bold and immensely popular early-‘70s sitcoms such as “All in the Family” and “Sanford and Son,”.

Lear had already established himself as a top comedy writer and earned a 1968 Oscar nomination for his screenplay for “Divorce American Style” when he brewed up the idea for a new sitcom, which was based on a popular British show, about a conservative, blatantly bigoted working-class man and his cantankerous Queens family.

“All in the Family” became an instant hit, seemingly with viewers of all political stripes.

Lear’s shows were the first to address the serious political, cultural and social touchstones of the day, be it racism, abortion, homosexuality or  the Vietnam war, by working such topics into the standard family sitcom formula.

In an interview when he turned 100, Lear said he didn’t have to look far for inspiration in creating the Archie Bunker character, which he based on his own father.

Lear’s publicist confirmed that he died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, of natural causes.

A private service for immediate family is to be held in the coming days.

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