Norman Lear is one of the most important writers, producers and directors of politically provocative sitcoms in the long, long, long history of television. Addressing social issues such as racism, capitalism, union organizing, the Vietnam War, and a host of other topics, Lear set the bar high. I remember watching many of these shows as a child and teenager, and when they became ubiquitous on Nick at Night, I saw them anew with fresh, critical eyes as an adult.
The Norman Lear Effect is a YouTube channel that “celebrates the work and impact of Norman Lear’s shows from the Sony Pictures Entertainment catalog.”
“Discover the most popular sitcoms of our time and the man behind them, Norman Leary. All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude (to name a few) aired. living rooms around the world with characters that have left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of generations. Lear’s series often present audiences with difficult conversations that leave them laughing, crying and hungry for more.
A few Christmas episodes to check out. The Jeffersons “All I Want for Christmas” Season 7 Episode 8 “While playing Santa Claus at the Help Center, George promises ten-year-old orphan Billy the Christmas gift he wants: a pair of parents.”
All in the Family, From Season 6, Episode 15, 1976. “The Draft Dodger.” “Christmas Dinner in the Bunker finds Archie hosting a conscript and a father whose son was killed in the war. Archie’s beliefs strain the holiday spirit until an exchange between a Gold Star father and a draft dodger leaves him stunned. and speechless.”