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Who was your favorite Norman Lear sitcom character

Norman Lear, producer of such iconic hits as All in the Family, was recently celebrated as AARP’s first TV for Grownups honoree and toasted by friends and stars of his many shows on the occasion of his 96th birthday. (Read more...)

 

Who was your favorite Norman Lear sitcom character?

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JJ from Good Times.

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Maude.
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Everybody's favorite dingbat, Edith Bunker!

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Archie Bunker, of course!  America's favorite bigot.

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LET'S FACE IT MR. LEARS CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN TELEVISION IS ENORMOUS.  I CANNOT THINK OF A CHARACTER IN HIS REPITIOR THAT HE MADE A MISTAKE ON.  YOU WATCH ARCHIE BUNKER, HE WAS EVERYONE FATHER.  EDITH, MIKE AND GLORIA, YOU KNEW THEN T00.  BUT THE CHARACTER STUNNED ALL OF AMERICA WAS "MAUDE".  SHE WAS THE WOMAN WHO DARED TO SPEAK UP.  THE WOMEN IN MOST PEOPLES LIFE WERE EDITH.  SWEET, INEFFECTUAL TRYING TO IMPROVE THE WORLD BY FINDING A WAY TO LIVE WITH THAT LOUD MOUTH BORE.

 

NOT MAUDE, SHE LOOKED EVERYONE STRAIGHT IN THE EYE, AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT SHE REALLY THOUGH OF STUPID, DISRESPECTFUL, CLASSLESS KNUCKLE DRAGGERS.  SHE MADE A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE UNHAPPY, BUT SINCE THOSE PEOPLE THOUGHT NOTHING OF BEING MEAN STUPID LOUDMOUTH BIGOTS, SHE WAS NEVER AT LOSS WHEN TELLING THEM JUST WHAT SHE THOUGHT OF THEM.  MY HERO.

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My favorite character was Archie Bunker.  My Dad's initials were also A.B. and my Mom said that was not a coincidence.

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Norman who?

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Fred Sanford in "Sanford and Son"

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Archie Bunker!

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Archie Bunker. Ground breaking television played perfectly by O Connor. 

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Maude followed closely by Florence on the Jeffersons, a show my sister worked on. I was friends with Isabel Sanford's sister, Emma, and Marla Gibbs' daughter, Angela!

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Edith.

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Archie Bunker absolutely #1

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Archie Bunker with Edith Bunker as a close second!

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Archie Bunker: no contest here.
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Archie and Edith for sure!

Also, the Jefferson's maid, Florence, played by Marla Gibbs. What a hoot! N.

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Archie & Edith will always be # 1 in my book.  I still catch the reruns when I can.

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Fred and Lamont Sanford. Great show.

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@catwoman500 wrote:

Archie and Edith for sure!

Also, the Jefferson's maid, Florence, played by Marla Gibbs. What a hoot! N.


Yes. Actually the whole cast of All in the Family were really good in their characters.  Meathead.  Hahahahaha 

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@AARPLynne wrote:

Norman Lear, producer of such iconic hits as All in the Family, was recently celebrated as AARP’s first TV for Grownups honoree and toasted by friends and stars of his many shows on the occasion of his 96th birthday. (Read more...)

 

Who was your favorite Norman Lear sitcom character?


Great question!!   Thanks for posting it!  

 

 

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"One Day at a Time" debuted when I was Barbara Cooper's age so she and Julie's situations and issues were relatable (I adored Elton too and was jealous of the poster on the wall). I loved Ann Romano because she as a mother was evolving in contrast to Edith, Louise and Maude.  I've loved Rita Moreno forever but I'll always love the original sitcom more, but I digress.
 
Favorite character however? Both Bunkers, can't choose one. There's a reason BOTH chairs are in the Smithsonian.
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Without a doubt Archie Bunker!

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I would have to vote for George Jefferson (played by the late Sherman Hemsley). Sometimes I'd laugh myself to tears, he was so good! 

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Archie  Bunker,  hands down  the  best!

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My all time favorite character of Norman Lear’s is actually a toss-up between Archie Bunker and Edith Bunker. Both characters are so memorable and are used to sometimes describe people’s behavior or actions even in today’s crazy world!! 😄

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Boy Norman Lear truly was the king of sitcom. 

 

So many great ones.  Maude.  George Jefferson.  Edith Bunker.  But I gotta go with Archie. 😂

 

Do you think any of these shows could come back in today’s world?

 

 

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@nyadrn wrote:

 

 

Do you think any of these shows could come back in today’s world?

 


That's a very interesting question to ponder! They are still popular in reruns.

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