TV writer Norman Lear, whose hits include “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude” and “Sanford and Son,” died Tuesday at age 101.
Lear changed sitcoms by bringing the struggles of everyday Americans onto the screen, incorporating concerns about money, race, women’s rights, bigotry and more into his shows.
“I had realized that the shows that were on television for years like ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’and ‘Petticoat Junction,’ which are perfectly good shows, had episodes where the biggest problem a family might face would have been that the roast was ruined when the boss was coming over t dinner,” Lear said in 2016.
Here are some memorable moments from Lear’s life and career, in photos:
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