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  • Norman Lear



    Television producer Norman Lear on his book, "Even This I Get to Experience."
  • Norman Lear Used Humor to Tackle Social and Economic Issues



    TV Producer Norman Lear used humor to tackle race, class and sexism.
  • Norman Lear Remembers Caroll O'Connor



    Norman Lear talks about his at-times strained working relationship with 'All in the Family' actor Caroll O'Connor, and what he found in O'Connor's office after his passing.
  • Howard Schultz and Norman Lear

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 11/15/07

  • Legacy

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    S 1 : Ep 22 - 5/11/05

    Jack and Bobby discover that Grace plans to visit their father, Juan, in a Texas prison. Even though Bobby was originally the one who wanted to see their dad, Jack is the brother who meets him, and he feels responsible for their dad leaving, but Juan says that he left because he was a screw-up. During their meeting, Juan says he is in prison for murder, but there appears to be hints he was unjustly convicted and is innocent allowing Jack the right motivation to pursue his future career as a public defender. Jack and Courtney finally reveal their true feelings for one another. Tom returns and goes to Grace's house. She answers the front door in a bath robe. In the future documentary, there is a host who explains Jack's life from fighting in the War of Americas where he became a war hero, later a public defender, elected into Congress and his untimely death. Initially, it was Bobby who encouraged Jack to run for Congress but Bobby inherited his late brother's seat when he died.moreless
  • Lil' Crime Stoppers

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    S 7 : Ep 6 - 4/23/03

    The boys are playing "junior detectives," and have to find a kidnapped doll. After a daring rescue, they are taken back to Park County Police Headquarters. Upon their arrival, the Chief makes them "real" junior detectives and gives them their first assignment: breaking up a meth lab. The boys soon learn being real detectives isn't as fun as they thought.moreless
  • I'm A Little Bit Country

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    S 7 : Ep 4 - 4/9/03

    After participating in a walk-out against the war in Iraq, Mr. Garrison tells the boys they have to write a report on the founding fathers. Cartman decides he's going to figure out a way to flashback to the past and learn all about history first hand.moreless
  • Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years

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    S 6 : Ep 24 - 4/28/02

    A series of classic clips from the show's first six years interspersed with stories of family life by celebrities.

  • Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 9/25/76

    Live from New York (via telephone), it's... the voice of Chevy Chase!

    Sketches include "Gilda's Fall," "Norman Lear's Actors" (film), "Jimmy Carter's Libido," "The Snakehandling O'Sheas," "Chevy's Girls," "Joseph Franklin's Metric Week," "Yankee Doodle Slapstick" (film) "Abusive Divorce Lawyer," "Rhodesian Peace Talks," "Norman's Joke," and "Spanish Peanuts" (film).

    Boz Skaggs performed "Lowdown" and "What Can I Say."moreless
  • Norman Lear Film



    Norman's TV family pays tribute. Featuring Bea Arthur.
  • Florida, the Matchmaker

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 11/26/74

    A wedding has Florida realizing that Willona is the only friend of hers left that isn't married. So this leads Florida to try her hand at matchmaking, and matches her with Duane, friend of James'. However, Florida is a little crestfallen, when Duane leaves the wedding early, claiming he doesn't feel well and she thinks her matchmaking plans have failed, that is until they arrive the next day at the Evans door, together.

  • The Encyclopedia Hustle

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 10/29/74

    An encyclopedia salesman is the last person James wants to see when he comes home from work. However, he softens when he learns the man is blind. This leads James to sign a contract and reads the fine print only after the man leaves.

  • The I.Q. Test

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 10/22/74

    Michael, one of the brightest boys in his class, comes home with the news that he scored the lowest out of his whole class on an I.Q. test. Infuriated at first, Florida and James hear Michael out and realize that I.Q. tests are designed for certain demographics and in this case exclude designed for white people. Meanwhile, J.J. prepares for a wild date with his latest girl, Henrietta.

  • Thelma's Young Man

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 10/15/74

    Thelma's been seeing the same man for two months and hasn't introduced him to the family yet. However, when she comes home with an engagement ring, Florida and James demand that they meet him and they are in for a surprise when they finally do.

  • The Man I Most Admire

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 10/8/74

    Michael must write an essay on the person whom he most admires. He first picks Florida for her strength and effort in keeping the family together. However, Florida points out that James may be the best person. However, James' recent actions in applying for a new job leave little to be admired.

  • J.J. Becomes a Man - Part 1

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 9/17/74

    J.J.'s 18th birthday has James and Florida in a fit when they find out they won't be able to give J.J. the art supplies he wanted because James' credit has been reduced to 0. After the birthday party, news hits the Evans family that J.J. has been arrested for robbing a liquor store.

  • Florida Flips

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 9/10/74

    Florida's strange behavior has the family and Willona wondering what's wrong with her. Michael thinks she's beginning menopause while Willona believes she's fed up with the boredom that comes with being a housewife.

  • My Son the Lover

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 5/10/74

    A popular girl wants J.J. to paint her portrait and J.J. mistakenly assumes that they will become more serious when he makes plans to ask her to go steady. However, Florida and Thelma smell a rat.

  • The Check Up

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 5/3/74

    Florida and the kids become concerned about James' health after reading an article in a magazine about hypertension. When he learns about their concerns, he goes through the roof and refuses to go in for a check up.

  • The TV Commercial

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 4/26/74

    Florida comes home from the supermarket with great news, she's been offered a role in a TV commercial. What's even better is the pay she will get, $5,000. However, once she reads the script and tests the product, Florida has second thoughts.

  • Springtime in the Ghetto

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 4/19/74

    Florida is running in a cleanest apartment competition and is sure she will win. However, her chances are dashed when Michael tries to help someone in need and brings home Ned the Wino.moreless
  • The Visitor (a.k.a.) The Tenant Group

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 4/5/74

    Michael submits an angry letter about the conditions in the Evans' apartment to a newspaper and gets an immediate response from a housing commission official who quickly finds himself stranded in the ghetto and experiences the conditions first hand.moreless
  • Junior the Senior

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 3/29/74

    Florida and James are worried that J.J. won't pass into the 12th grade but when he gets his report card he did indeed pass but the grades seem to be a far cry from what they should be. This leads James and Florida to do a little investigating on their part.moreless
  • Junior Gets a Patron

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 3/22/74

    J.J. is sure he's bound to make it big when he gets a patron in Leroy Jackson, who begins providing him with all the supplies he needs. However, when James discovers who the patron is, he forbids J.J. to be associated with him and J.J. responds by moving out. This leads to a confrontation at J.J.'s new apartment between James and Leroy.moreless
  • Sex and the Evans Family

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 3/15/74

    Florida finds what she believes to be a dirty story called, "Sexual Behavior in the Ghetto". Assuming it to be J.J.'s, Florida confronts him, but she's in for a surprise when Thelma claims it and has an even bigger surprise when she learns it belongs to Thelma's latest boyfriend.moreless
  • Michael Gets Suspended

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 3/8/74

    Michael comes home from school early one day with the announcement that he has been suspended as a result of telling his teacher that George Washington was a racist. James and Florida become determined to prove to Michael that he's wrong.moreless
  • God's Business is Good Business

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 3/1/74

    An old friend of James, who is now a shady televangelist, stops by the Evans apartment and offers James a job that would pay $100 a day. James is set to take it, however, Florida is dead set against James accepting the job, believing the job goes against his morals and values.moreless
  • Getting Up the Rent

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 2/22/74

    With an eviction notice over their heads, the Evans family scrambles to come up with $74 dollars needed for their rent. Despite Florida's opinion, James goes down to the pool hall to try to hustle some money; J.J. comes up with a scheme of his own and Florida and Willona go down to the welfare office.moreless
  • Black Jesus

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 2/15/74

    J.J.'s painting of a Black Jesus, becomes the family's good luck charm after a string of success hits each family member. However, Florida refuses to entertain the notion that the painting had anything to do with the recent string of "good times".moreless
  • Too Old Blues

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 2/8/74

    James is all excited because he's sure he's going to get a high paying job. However, at the interview, he learns that he's too old to join the company's union. Meanwhile, Florida and the kids get ahead of themselves and throw a celebration party for James unaware that he was rejected.moreless
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