Norman Lear

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

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Norman Lear made an indelible imprint on American television, creating beloved shows such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, all of which were breakthroughs for American culture.

He used humor to take on hot-button issues such as racism, feminism, and the shifting mores of generations. He created the advocacy organization People for the American Way to combat threats to freedom of speech and other civil liberties. Now in his nineties, Lear is as sharp and witty as ever - as is evidenced in this insightful profile. Oscar-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady draw upon stories from Lear’s memoir Even This I Get to Experience and conduct lively interviews with Lear and colleagues such as George Clooney, Rob Reiner, and Russell Simmons and sample clips from his classic shows, featuring brilliant comic actors like Carroll O’Connor, Beatrice Arthur, and Sherman Hemsley, while tracing the struggles and triumphs of this singular career.

underwritten by
Debby Goldman

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VARIETY: The trailblazing TV showrunner gets a lively tribute in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's technically imaginative doc.