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Norman Lear photographed on the Sony Lot - 13 August 2019

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Legendary TV producer Norman Lear has died at the age of 101.

Lear created a string of groundbreaking sitcoms in the 1970s and 80s, including All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and One Day At A Time.

His shows were famous for combining humor with social commentary, touching on hot-button issues like racism and women’s liberation.

His production company, Act III Communications, also produced movies like The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, and Fried Green Tomatoes.

What made Lear’s shows so groundbreaking at the time?  What are some modern TV shows that owe a debt to Norman Lear?