"It’s always the middle of the country that won’t understand —they [executives] say— but the middle of the country survived that shot. […] All of this raises an important question for all of us, however, do we want television to be free enough to provoke and stimulate and irritate and even offend us sometimes, or do we want such freedom declared a misuse of the medium and thereby lose the opportunity to share, either with delight or dismay, such real moments as the one taking place behind me?”

—Norman Lear, “All in the Family” 200th episode celebration

"It’s always the middle of the country that won’t understand —they [executives] say— but the middle of the country survived that shot. […] All of this raises an important question for all of us, however, do we want television to be free enough to provoke and stimulate and irritate and even offend us sometimes, or do we want such freedom declared a misuse of the medium and thereby lose the opportunity to share, either with delight or dismay, such real moments as the one taking place behind me?”

—Norman Lear, “All in the Family” 200th episode celebration

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