The nine most sought-after Norman Lear TV Shows

The nine most sought-after Norman Lear TV Shows

Shows like, and have shaped the 21st century TV landscape, but they are certainly footnotes compared to the impact Norman Lear had on television history.

Norman Lear may not be a name you''ve already known, but you may have never seen a second of any of his TV shows before, according to his popularity in the 1970s, and lear''s history has been split in two ways: "BN and AN, Before Norman and After Norman."

On September 22, Lear celebrated his centennial birthday in an ABC event. This special honors the man and his extensive career, although he was highlighting some of the best and most powerful Norman Lear television shows.

1.All in the Family

If forced to select one show to honor Norman Lears'' career, it would be. The sitcom, which began in 1971, altered how television broadcasts were perceived, mostly through Archie Bunker''s character, with both comedy and conflict focusing on the present situation, including race, politics, and more. It was a bold time to tread for a comedy that was built as a comedy.

Out of OConnors'' iconic performances, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers won 22 Primetime Emmys over their nine seasons, including the Outstanding Comedy Series four times.

  • Where to watch: all nine seasons are available on Amazon Freevee

2.Fernwood 2 Night

Didn''t have the longevity of some of Lears'' other TV shows, but we''d be dissatisfied to not include it, because it served as one of the first true star vehicles for two well-known comedians Martin Mull and Fred Willard.

The show was a continuation of Barth Gimble, a Mulls character who is directing his own talk show in Fernwood, Ohio. Although it was a reimagining at the time, it would be one later repeated by.

  • Where to watch: a handful of episodes are available on YouTube (opens in new tab)

3.Good Times

Mark, conceived by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, was one of the early sitcoms to focus on a black family. In this case, it was the Evans family in Chicago, formed of actors including Janet Dubois, Ralph Carter, BerNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker, Esther Rolle, John Amos, and (in later seasons) Janet Jackson.

The show''s most memorable character was Walker''s catchphrase, "Dyn-o-mite," but fans have shared what the show meant to them during its launch (opens in a new tab).

  • Where to watch: all episodes are available on Peacock Premium; on-demand on Prime Video

4.The Jeffersons

Although coming on the heels of, it became the most popular of the two shows. Spun off from the Jefferson family that first appeared in, follows the titular family as they move into a luxurious apartment (in the sky, as the theme song goes). While the show still focuses on social issues, the Jeffersons must deal with building relationships with the other tenants.

Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford starred in the series, with the actress winning an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, becoming the first Black woman to do so.

  • Where to watch in the US: streaming on Prime Video and for free (with ads) on Tubi and Pluto TV.
  • Where to watch in the UK: streaming on Prime Video

5.Live in Front of a Studio Audience

Norman Lear has not stopped attempting to share the messages he first made on his television shows, most recently by a number of specials,. Lear is collaborating with some of Hollywood''s most famous shows, including, and, as well as and, which Lears has originally produced.

Norman Lear has been able to add to the history books thanks to these specials, making him the oldest Emmy nominee and the greatest Emmy winner ever.

  • Where to watch: available to stream on Hulu and on

6.Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

The soap-opera parody that ran five times a week throughout its two seasons, including with Louise Lasser as its titular character, continued. She had to chompily handle the bizarre events around her in a small Ohio area.


Another spinoff was with Edith Bunkers cousin Maude Findlay, a liberal, independent lady living in Tuckahoe, N.Y., as the star. Maude was portrayed in The New York Times (opens in new tab) saying that as the show ended, it was "running out of controversy."

  • Where to watch: streaming for free on Tubi; available on-demand on Apple TV

8.One Day at a Time

Both of them had been published by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, who also met Lear as a producer and producer. The second version, which also included Lear as a producer, focused on a divorced mother (Bonnie Franklin) and giving them the freedom she didn''t have until it was released. Three generations of a Cuban-American family have gone together, with Justina Machado and Rita Moreno leading the way.

If anything, this can be proved that Lears shows have a timeless and broad appeal to them.

  • Where to watch in the US: three seasons of (2017) are streaming on Netflix; (1975) available for free on Pluto TV
  • Where to watch in the UK: three seasons of (2017) are streaming on Netflix; (1975) not available

9.Sanford and Son

Norman Lear had previously and teamed up with comedian legend Redd Foxx for, which was about a junkyard dealer and his disgusting son. Running for six seasons, was another breakthrough sitcom, focusing on Black characters, that Lear contributed to directorial success. In its early seasons, Lear offered the two most popular TV shows of all time, along with. Time Magazine has the show in its list of the 100 best shows of all time (opens in a new tab).

  • Where to watch: streaming on Peacock Premium and Prime Video

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