Norman Milton Lear initially wrote comedy sketches along with Ed Simmons for such TV shows as ‘The Martin & Lewis’ and ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.’ During the mid-1950s he was the producer of the sitcom ‘The Martha Raye Show.’
In 1959, Lear created his first TV Western series, ‘The Deputy’ (1959-1961). He produced ‘Come Blow Your Horn’ (1963), ‘Never Too Late’ (1965), ‘The Thief Who Came to Dinner’ (1973) amongst others.
Lear was producer-writer of the satirical comedy film ‘Divorce American Style’ (1967), which fetched an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for writing.’ He was writer, executive-producer, and director of ‘Justice for All’ (1968), and satirical comedy ‘Cold Turkey’ (1971).
After initial lukewarm response, Lear’s sitcom about a blue-collared American family, ‘All in the Family’ (1971-1979), won several Emmy’s, achieved top ratings, and after 9 successful seasons, continued as spinoff ‘Archie Bunker’s Place’ (1979-1983). His next major sitcom ‘Sanford & Son’ (1972-1977), based on the British sitcom ‘Steptoe & Son,’ became very popular.
Lear’s next series as producer-writer ‘Maude’ (1972-1978) was a spinoff of ‘All in the Family’ that followed topical storyline. His sitcom ‘The Jeffersons’ (1975-1985) was one of the longest-running (11 seasons) TV-series with a primarily African-American cast. His next sitcom ‘One Day at a Time’ (1975-1984) was about a divorced mother bringing up two teenagers. ‘Good Times’ (1974-1979), a spinoff of ‘Maude,’ which portrayed socio-political concerns of the time, was written by Eric Monte and developed-produced by Lear.
‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ (1976-1977), the satirical soap-opera that Lear produced next, acquired cult status by 2004. He also produced TV-series ‘A Year at the Top’ and ‘Forever Fernwood’ (both 1977), and his production company produced the award-winning film ‘The Wave’ (1981). During 1981-1982, Lear hosted revival of the game show ‘Quiz Kids.’
Lear next produced TV shows ‘Sunday Dinner’ (1991) and ‘704 Hauser’ (1994), which weren’t very successful. After producing the TV special ‘I Love Liberty’ (1982), he executive-produced TV series ‘The Facts of Life’ (1979-1988), ‘Silver Spoons’ (1982-1987), ‘227’ (1985-1990), ‘The Powers that be’ (1992-1993), ‘America Divided’ (2018), and movies ‘The Princess Bride’ (1987), ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ (1991), ‘Way Past Cool’ and ‘Maggie Bloom’ (both 2000).
The reboot of Lear’s series ‘One Day at a Time’ (2017-2019) on Netflix received high ratings. He hosts weekly podcast ‘All of the Above with Norman Lear’ (2017--). Recently he produced the documentary ‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who decided to Go For It’ (2021).
Lear is recipient of numerous awards, including ‘Emmy’s, ‘Peabody,’ ‘Woody Guthrie Prize,’ ‘National Medal of Arts,’ and more.
Adapted from William Goldman’s 1973 novel of the same name, the film The Princess Bride tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, who is on a mission to rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.
It is an Oscar nominated film depicting the story of Evelyn Couch, an unhappy middle aged housewife, whose life is changed when she befriends a colorful old lady named Ninny Threadgoode. The narrative alters several times between Evelyn’s life and Ninny’s tale about her free spirited sister-in-law Idgie, making it a highly enjoyable drama film.
Harry and Edith, who are in their fifties, live a perfectly happy life with their daughter and her husband. One day, Edith is thrilled and overjoyed to find out that she is going to have a baby. However, Harry does not seem very enthusiastic about it.
Webster McGee becomes a jewel thief and robs businessman, Henderling, of money and steals some files. He blackmails Henderling using the files to enter high society to rob more people. He meets Laura who becomes his lover and partner in crime. When investigator Dave Reilly, develops a friendship with Webster, loyalties are tested.
Alan Baker works for his father’s artificial-fruit company and is a carefree ladies’ man who never lets anything ruin a good time. When his brother Buddy moves in with him, Alan teaches him all his tricks. But a violent confrontation with a jealous husband forces Alan to reconsider his life choices.
I Love Liberty was a TV special which aired in 1982. The film was meant as a salute to American ideals. It was also made to commemorate the 250th anniversary of George Washington’s birth.
Norman Lear Awards
|Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'||Outstanding Variety Special (Live)||2019|
|Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'||Outstanding Variety Special (Live)||2020|
|All in the Family||Outstanding Comedy Series||1973|
|All in the Family||Outstanding Series - Comedy||1972|
|All in the Family||Outstanding Series - Comedy||1971|
|All in the Family||Outstanding New Series||1971|