“Some people feel that neither the characters nor the show [All in the Family] had a right to express a point of view. Well, throughout the ’50s and ’60s there were dozens of television comedies in which there were no topical references, no political discussions, no mention of a current event, and we’ve often thought, by the very omission of all reality, those programs were expressing a point of view too. They were telling us you have no problem between the races, there is no inflation, no such thing as recession, no unemployment, there are no problems with the poor or the elderly, women are not seeking equality, and we are not in trouble in Vietnam. To us, the omission of all social awareness on the TV comedies of the ’50s and ’60s just might have expressed a stronger point of view than any subject we may have touched in eight and a half years.”
—Norman Lear, “All in the Family” 200th episode celebration.
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