Legendary TV Producer Norman Lear Dies at 101

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TV producer Norman Lear, who brought Archie Bunker and George Jefferson into the living rooms of millions of Americans, died Tuesday at 101.

Lear, whose TV hits of the 1970s and 1980s included “Sanford and Son,” Good Times,” “One Day at a Time,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Maude,” died at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes, according to Variety.

“Thank you for the moving outpouring of love and support in honor of our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather,” Lear’s family said in a statement.

“Norman lived a life of creativity, tenacity, and empathy,” the family said. “He deeply loved our country and spent a lifetime helping to preserve its founding ideals of justice and equality for all. Knowing and loving him has been the greatest of gifts.

“We ask for your understanding as we mourn privately in celebration of this remarkable human being.”

Lear took TV comedies by storm in 1971 with “All in the Family,” summed up by Variety as a sitcom “about a conservative, outspokenly bigoted working-class man and his fractious Queens family.”

Although Archie Bunker’s diatribes made some critics fume, The New York Times wrote that in March 1972, six months after the show debuted, 60 percent of America’s TV sets were watching the show.

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