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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 

With unprecedented access to Norman Lear, his work and his massive personal archives, this documentary combines stories from his turbulent childhood and early career with his groundbreaking TV success and social activism.
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A profile of Norman Lear, the creative mastermind behind such influential sitcoms as "All in the Family (1971)"," The Jeffersons (1975)", "Maude (1972)" and "Good Times (1974)." The shows changed the TV landscape in the early 1970s by using humor to promote social change. In 1981, he expanded his effort to influence public opinion by founding People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group. The documentary features footage from Lear's own archives as well as remarks from Lear, family, friends and colleagues. Written by Jwelch5742

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25 October 2016 (USA)  »

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5 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Outstanding documentary regarding writer Norman Lear, detailing his social activism and use of comedy in highlighting the major social issues of the day. From his groundbreaking All in the Family to Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons and others, Lear depicted social problems in a comic way; however, reinforcing through comedy the destructive nature of prejudice and other social ills.

I liked when he said that when you hit 90 years of age, you don't change, but rather it's the people around you who do.

The documentary brings out his continuous child-like attitudes even in adulthood.

His personal life, especially his father's incarceration, had quite an effect on him throughout his life.


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