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The Sitcoms of Norman Lear
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The viewpoint that Campbell maintains throughout the book is to show us the mission of Norman Lear to regard television not as mindless, but as sensible--entertainment that informs and challenges our assumptions of people and the world while amusing us. If there is indeed a Golden Age of television, Campbell makes a great case for that age to be headlined by Normal Lear. Campbell shows us how Lear challenged the rigid confines of 'appropriateness' on national airwaves. These challenges weren't to just shock or dismay the people of America, as many have bastardized the idea of artistic challenge, but to present on television the world people lived in--how they talked and what issues they were discussing--not a fantasy world where housewives happily did their chores in pearls and father (who puffed on a pipe in the living room while perusing the evening edition) always did know best.Read more ›