The Televisual Social Commentary of Norman Lear

  • Period: to

    Nixon Presidency

  • Stonewall Riots

    Stonewall Riots
    Ushering in a new era of gay rights movements
  • Fin-Syn rules go into effect

    Fin-Syn rules go into effect
    This is an approximate date.
  • Earth Day is first celebrated in USA

    Earth Day is first celebrated in USA
  • Kent State massacre

    Kent State massacre
  • Cigarette Ads banned from TV

    Cigarette Ads banned from TV
  • All In The Family premieres

    All In The Family premieres
    CBS, Tandem Productions
    After two failed pilot attempts for ABC
    Based on the BBC program Till Death Do Us Part
  • Nixon announces "War On Drugs"

    Nixon announces "War On Drugs"
    the term is coined during a press conference
  • ERA amendment passes Congress

    ERA amendment passes Congress
    next step to becoming law is State Ratification
  • Sanford & Son premieres

    Sanford & Son premieres
    NBC, Tandem Productions
    Based on the BBC program Steptoe & Son
  • Watergate break-in

    Watergate break-in
    Led to the scandal/cover-up that resulted in Nixon's resignation
  • Maude premieres

    Maude premieres
    CBS, Tandem Production
    Spin-off of All In The Family
  • "Maude's Dilemma" abortion episode

    "Maude's Dilemma" abortion episode
  • "The Grass Story" marijuana legalization episode

    "The Grass Story" marijuana legalization episode
  • Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" hits #1

    Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" hits #1
  • Roe Vs. Wade decison

    Roe Vs. Wade decison
  • Rockefeller Drugs Laws take effect in NY State

    Rockefeller Drugs Laws take effect in NY State
  • DEA formed

    DEA formed
  • U.S. withdraws from Vietnam

    U.S. withdraws from Vietnam
  • "Walter's Problem" episode

    "Walter's Problem" episode
    Alcoholism episode
  • Oil Crisis of 1973 begins

    Oil Crisis of 1973 begins
    Date approximate.
  • Good Times premieres

    Good Times premieres
    CBS, Tandem Productions
    Spin-off of Maude
  • Oil Crisis of 1973 ends

    Oil Crisis of 1973 ends
    Date approximate.
  • Nixon Resigns

    Nixon Resigns
  • Period: to

    Ford Presidency

  • Ford pardons Nixon

    Ford pardons Nixon
  • FCC Chairman encourages self-regulation of TV violence

    FCC Chairman encourages self-regulation of TV violence
    Date is approximate.
    In 1975 the chairman of the FCC, Richard Wiley, reportedly encouraged the networks to limit violent programming to time slots after 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Arthur Taylor, then president of CBS, became the chief advocate of what became known as “family viewing time” (8:00–9:00 pm, as far as the networks were concerned),
  • The Jeffersons premieres

    The Jeffersons premieres
    CBS, TAT Communications
    Spin-off of All In The Family
  • Hot L Baltimore premieres

    Hot L Baltimore premieres
    ABC, TAT Communications
  • Hot L Baltimore finale

    Hot L Baltimore finale
  • Unemployment rate hits 9%

    Unemployment rate hits 9%
    Date approximate
  • Attempted Assassination of President Ford

    Attempted Assassination of President Ford
    Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
  • Attempted Assassination of President Ford

    Attempted Assassination of President Ford
    Sara Jane Moore
  • One Day At A Time premieres

    One Day At A Time premieres
    CBS, TAT Communications
  • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman premieres

    Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman premieres
    syndicated, TAT Communications
  • LA federal district court disallowed self-regulatory actions

    LA federal district court disallowed self-regulatory actions
    Date approximate.
    Self-regulatory actions involved with the broadcasting of violence/adult situations within later timeslots
  • All's Fair premieres

    All's Fair premieres
    CBS, TAT Communications
  • The Nancy Walker Show premieres

    The Nancy Walker Show premieres
    ABC, TAT Communications
  • The Nancy Walker Show finale

    The Nancy Walker Show finale
  • Carter declares amnesty for Vietnam draft-dodgers

    Carter declares amnesty for Vietnam draft-dodgers
  • Period: to

    Carter Presidency

  • Sanford & Son finale

    Sanford & Son finale
  • All That Glitters premieres

    All That Glitters premieres
    syndicated, Tandem Productions
  • All's Fair finale

    All's Fair finale
  • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman finale

    Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman finale
  • Fernwood 2Night premieres

    Fernwood 2Night premieres
    syndicated, TAT Communications
    Spin-off of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
  • All That Glitters finale

    All That Glitters finale
  • Department of Energy created

    Department of Energy created
    Goal was to conserve energy
  • "The Evans Get Involved" episode

    "The Evans Get Involved" episode
    Child abuse episode
  • Fernwood 2Night finale

    Fernwood 2Night finale
  • "Edith's 50th Birthday" episode

    "Edith's 50th Birthday" episode
    Edith's attempted rape
  • America 2Night premieres

    America 2Night premieres
    syndicated, TAT Communications
    Spin-off/Progression of Fernwood2Night
  • Maude finale

    Maude finale
  • America 2Night finale

    America 2Night finale
  • Apple Pie premieres

    Apple Pie premieres
    ABC, Tandem Productions
  • Apple Pie finale

    Apple Pie finale
  • Diff'rent Strokes premieres

    Diff'rent Strokes premieres
    NBC, Tandem Productions
    (ABC starting 1985)
  • Carter voices opposition to Briggs Initiative

    Carter voices opposition to Briggs Initiative
    Date approximate.
    Briggs initiative sought to oppress and limit gay rights in CA.
  • Inflation Rate hits 13.3%

    Inflation Rate hits 13.3%
  • Carter orchestrates peace treaty between Israel & Palestine

    Carter orchestrates peace treaty between Israel & Palestine
  • Oil Crisis of 1979 begins

    Oil Crisis of 1979 begins
    Date approximate.
  • All In The Family finale

    All In The Family finale
  • Good Times finale

    Good Times finale
  • Hanging In premieres

    Hanging In premieres
    CBS, TAT Communications
    Based on the suddenly cancelled and thus never aired pilot for Mr. Dugan
  • Facts Of Life premieres

    Facts Of Life premieres
    NBC, TAT Communications
    Spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes
  • Hanging In finale

    Hanging In finale
  • Archie Bunker's Place premieres

    Archie Bunker's Place premieres
    CBS, Tandem Productions
    Spin-off/Progression of All In The Famliy
  • First known case of AIDS in USA

    First known case of AIDS in USA
  • Oil Crisis of 1979 ends

    Oil Crisis of 1979 ends
    Date approximate.
  • Assassination of John Lennon

    Assassination of John Lennon
  • "Misery Index" hits all time high of 21.98%

    "Misery Index" hits all time high of 21.98%
    the sum of the unemployment rate and the inflation rate
  • Period: to

    Reagan Presidency

  • Attempted Assassination of President Reagan

    Attempted Assassination of President Reagan
  • Checking In premieres

    Checking In premieres
    CBS, TAT Communications
    Spin-off of The Jeffersons
  • Checking In finale

    Checking In finale
  • MTV debuts

    MTV debuts
  • Economic Recovery Tax Act goes into effect

    Economic Recovery Tax Act goes into effect
  • "Just Say No" campaign begins

    "Just Say No" campaign begins
    Date approximate.
  • ERA fails to be ratified

    ERA fails to be ratified
  • Silver Spoons premieres

    Silver Spoons premieres
    NBC, Embassy Television
  • Gloria premieres

    Gloria premieres
    CBS, Tandem Productions
    Spin-off of All In The Family
    *Even though this was a Tandem production, Lear had no personal involvement with this series. It is included in this timeline due to its direct association with Tandem and All In The Family.
  • Square Pegs premieres

    Square Pegs premieres
    CBS, Embassy Television
  • Unemployment rate hits 10.8%

    Unemployment rate hits 10.8%
    highest rate since 1940
  • "The Reporter" episode

    "The Reporter" episode
    Anti-Drug episode, featuring Nancy Reagan
  • Square Pegs finale

    Square Pegs finale
  • Archie Bunker's Place finale

    Archie Bunker's Place finale
  • Gloria finale

    Gloria finale
  • a.k.a. Pablo premieres

    a.k.a. Pablo premieres
    ABC, Embassy Television, executive producer Norman Lear
  • a.k.a. Pablo finale

    a.k.a. Pablo finale
  • One Day At A Time finale

    One Day At A Time finale
  • Who's The Boss premieres

    Who's The Boss premieres
    ABC, Embassy Television
  • FCC eliminates major guidelines

    FCC eliminates major guidelines
    Date approximate, month accurate
    Guidelines for minimal amounts of non-entertainment programming are abolished. FCC guidelines on how much advertising can be carried per hour are eliminated.
  • The Jeffersons finale

    The Jeffersons finale
  • Live Aid concert

    Live Aid concert
  • Iran-Contra Affair begins

    Iran-Contra Affair begins
  • 227 premieres

    227 premieres
    NBC, Embassy Television
    *This was the last program produced by Embassy before Lear severed ties with the company
  • Diff'rent Strokes finale

    Diff'rent Strokes finale
  • USA Bombs Libya

    USA Bombs Libya
  • Fox launches the 4th network

    Fox launches the 4th network
  • Tax Reform Act of 1986 enacted

    Tax Reform Act of 1986 enacted
  • Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986 signed into law

    Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986 signed into law
  • Silver Spoons finale

    Silver Spoons finale
  • Iran-Contra Affair concludes

    Iran-Contra Affair concludes
  • Fairness Doctrine eliminated

    Fairness Doctrine eliminated
    Date approximate.
    Networks were no longer obligated to give equal airtime to opposing viewpoints.
  • Black Monday (Stock Market Crash)

    Black Monday (Stock Market Crash)
  • Facts Of Life finale

    Facts Of Life finale
  • Period: to

    Bush (H.W.) Presidency

  • S&L Bailout enacted

    S&L Bailout enacted
  • Berlin Wall destroyed

    Berlin Wall destroyed
    Symbolic of the beginning of the end of the Cold War
  • 227 finale

    227 finale
  • Americans With Disabilities Act enacted

    Americans With Disabilities Act enacted
  • Operation Desert Storm begins

    Operation Desert Storm begins
  • Children's Television Act becomes law

    Children's Television Act becomes law
  • "Political Correctness" becomes a trend/buzzword/institution

    "Political Correctness" becomes a trend/buzzword/institution
    Date approximated based on mainstream media coverage
  • Sunday Dinner premieres

    Sunday Dinner premieres
    CBS, Act III Productions
    *Lear's return to TV after several years
  • Sunday Dinner finale

    Sunday Dinner finale
  • Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union
    The ostensible end of the Cold War
  • The Powers That Be premieres

    The Powers That Be premieres
    NBC, Act III Television
  • Who's The Boss finale

    Who's The Boss finale
  • Fin-Syn rules abolished

    Fin-Syn rules abolished
    This is an approximate date.
  • The Powers That Be finale

    The Powers That Be finale
  • Period: to

    Clinton Presidency

  • NAFTA signed into law

    NAFTA signed into law
  • "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" enacted into law

    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" enacted into law
  • 704 Hauser premieres

    704 Hauser premieres
    CBS, Act III Television
    Spin-off of All In The Family
  • 704 Hauser finale

    704 Hauser finale
  • Operation Desert Storm ends

    Operation Desert Storm ends
  • PRWORA enacted into law

    PRWORA enacted into law
    Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act
    Welfare reform which reduced poverty levels
  • IIRIRA enacted into law

    IIRIRA enacted into law
  • Channel Umptee-3 premieres

    Channel Umptee-3 premieres
    WB, Act III Productions
  • Channel Umptee-3 finale

    Channel Umptee-3 finale
  • Clinton impeachment process begins

    Clinton impeachment process begins
  • Clinton acquitted of impeachment charges

    Clinton acquitted of impeachment charges