Famous TV Director, Screenwriter, Norman Lear, known for All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Sanford & Son and Maude, dies at 101

By Mona Hatfield

Norman Lear receiving the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors. By U.S. State Department, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Norman Milton Lear (July 27, 1922 – December 5, 2023) was an American screenwriter and producer who produced, wrote, created or developed over 100 shows.[1] Lear created and produced numerous popular 1970s sitcoms, including All in the Family (1971–1979), Maude (1972–1978), Sanford and Son (1972–1977), One Day at a Time (1975–1984), The Jeffersons (1975–1985), and Good Times (1974–1979). His shows were credited with introducing political and social themes to the sitcom.

Lear received many awards, including six Primetime Emmys, two Peabody Awards, the National Medal of Arts in 1999, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2017, and the Golden Globe Carol Burnett Award in 2021. He was a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Lear was also known for his political activism and funding of liberal and progressive causes and politicians. In 1980, he founded the advocacy organization People for the American Way to counter the influence of the Christian right in politics, and in the early 2000s, he mounted a tour with a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Lear died of natural causes in his Los Angeles home on December 5, 2023, aged 101.