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Norman Lear – Happy 100th Birthday

As Hollywood continues to enjoy the current ‘Golden Age’ of television, let’s take time out to acknowledge Norman Lear, the man largely responsible for TV’s original Golden Age, as he turns 100-years-old on July 27!At one point in the ‘70s, Lear had seven shows in the Top Ten ratings – All in the Family (1968-79), Good Times (1974-79), Maude (1972-78), The Jeffersons (1975-85), Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976-77), Sanford and Son (1972-77) and One Day at a Time (1975-84). Over 120 million people were watching his content on a weekly basis and not only were his shows popular, but Lear also used the opportunity to push boundaries and give voice to underrepresented parts of society long before it was a popular cause taken on by the rest of Hollywood.