Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

I got saw this excellent documentary this past weekend at the Nuart Theater. This movie gets added to my #WatchThis List for many reasons, and if you love television it should be on your Watch List too!

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You  (2016)
Directed by:Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Starring: Norman Lear

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If you want to learn about the amazing life of the Godfather of modern television, this is for you. It is a dynamic mix of found footage, new interviews and a beautifully creative narrative.  This movie is a nostalgia-fest for any junkie of 70’s and 80’s television.  I grew up watching re-runs of Lear’s television shows. If you are looking for a fascinating life to learn about, Norman Lear is fascinating.  Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady talented filmmakers.  They weave together Norman’s life, constantly bringing you from past to present.  The recreate moments form Norman’s life in a fantastical, yet simple way that fills in the blanks for memories that at the time weren’t documented but in hindsight are important. The film has a heartbeat and song that carries you along, making you feel like you are discovering Norman with the directors.

Since it is also Thursday, here are some #TBT Shows you can check out. 

All in the Family (1971-1979)
Starring: Carroll O’Connor, Jeanne Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

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If you’ve never seen this show, now is an excellent time. Politically and socially, it’s never been more relevant.This one is a personal favorite that holds a special place in my heart because this was my first introduction to Norman Lear. It also features a baby Babette Dell from Gilmore Girls. 

You have to take Archie with a grain of salt and remember the concept of Satire.

Maude (1972-1978)
Starring: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy 

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This one is for my fellow feminists out there! Maude is an OG feminist. If you enjoyed Bea Arthur in Golden Girls, you’ll love her as Maude. Also, Rue McClanahan co-starred on this as well. She was in my opinion, like Bea Arthur, a national treasure.

Like All in the Family, you have to search the internet for Maude, but it is totally worth it.

The Jeffersons (1975-1985)
Starring: Sherman Hemsley , Isabelle Sanford

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If you want to check out a show with great physical comedy and chemistry, The Jeffersons is a must see. Norman Lear was one of the first people to put a successful black family on network television. In my mind, this is the OG Black-ish

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