Norman Lear, who produced hit shows that included “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”, has passed away at the age of 101.

Lear’s most famous television show is “All in the Family.” The show, which began in 1971, focused on the Bunker family. It centered around a working class, small-mind and prejudiced patriarch named Archie Bunker.

Archie routinely clashed with his liberal son-in-law Mike “Meathead” Stivic. The sitcom also tackled subjects issues like race relations, the war in Vietnam, abortion, gay rights, and rape.

“All in the Family” earned Lear many awards, including four Emmys for Best Comedy series,

“All in the Family” spurred a series of popular and spinoff shows which included “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” and “Good Times.”

Lear has been married three times, most recently to wife Lyn in 1987, having six children in all, with a 47-year age gap between the oldest and youngest.

Jean Stapleton, Carroll O’Connor, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers on the set of “All in the Family”. Photo courtesy of thirteen.org

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