Were these shows produced by Norman Lear, or someone else?

He defined sitcoms for a generation — how well do you know your TV history?

Whether or not you recognize his name, you have absolutely effected by Norman Lear's work. Anybody with two eyeballs, a heart, and a television set owes him a debt of gratitude. Even if you haven't seen his shows, you've absolutely watched something that was influenced by his outsized reach. Lear paved the way for contemporary producers like Chuck Lorre and Shonda Rhimes by building a television empire, sometimes running multiple shows at the same time. There have since been plenty of TV showrunners whose names have entered the public conscious, but Norman Lear was one of the first, and it was due to the quality of his programming.

So how well do you know the legendary creator/writer/producer? Can you tell which shows are his, and which aren't?

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  1. We'll start off with an easy one: "All in the Family"
  2. Movin' on up to question #2: Who developed "The Jeffersons?"
  3. You're growin' now!: What about "The Facts of Life?"
  4. "Taxi": Who was responsible for Latka et. al?
  5. Elizabeth! Do you know who developed "Sanford and Son?"
  6. Come and knock on our door: Who produced "Three's Company?"
  7. God'll get you for this one, Walter: Who made "Maude?"
  8. Dyn-o-mite! "Good Times," Norman Lear, or not?
  9. If you like reruns of Rerun, you'll surely know who created "What's Happening"
  10. Valerie Bertinelli got her start on "One Day at a Time," but who produced the show?
  11. "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," who produced it?
  12. Whatchu talkin' bout, Willis? Do you know who created "Diff'rent Strokes?"
  13. "Fernwood 2 Night!" Who brought the show 2 air?
  14. Oooh oooh! Who created "Welcome Back, Kotter?"
  15. "The Baxters" was the first interactive sitcom. Who developed it?

Were these shows produced by Norman Lear, or someone else?

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Tanisha32 10 days ago
12/15 Pretty good seeing some were guesses.
Toot1956 11 days ago
13/15 Refresh my memory, I never heard of The Baxters show.
DaisyDuke67 19 days ago
Funny is that when I looked up Norman Lear they have Facts of Life in his listing of shows that he did even though someone else did it.
SheriHeffner 24 days ago
14 out of 15. Who were The Baxters?
kkvegas SheriHeffner 22 days ago
My question exactly!
He took over the show recast the cast then it went up to Canada and the cast was recast but the show failed.
bmoore4026 25 days ago
14 out of 15. Last question tripped me up.
JHP 25 days ago
9/15 - all good with that score:)

when TV WAS TV - now it's fertilizer or milorganite on that side of the tube - if you play golf - thank heavens for my poop:)

Coldnorth 25 days ago
10/15. Some bad guesses I guess
WGH 26 days ago
13/15.

I missed the Baxters and Mary Hartman Mary Hartman.
Tresix 26 days ago
14/15, missed the last one. The only “Baxters” I knew of were on “Hazel”.
WGH Tresix 26 days ago
Harold, Missy, and George "Mr. B" Baxter.

WGH Tresix 26 days ago
Song episode where they explained that Hazel had been a caregiver and maid for Missy, the mother/wife of the show, when she was a child.

That's why Mr B couldn't fire her, even if he wanted to.
Wiseguy70005 Tresix 24 days ago
I remember the Baxters although I didn't really watch it. It was a 15-minute long sitcom that raised an unresolved issue, the the remaining 15 minutes was locally produced audience segment that discussed said issue.
JeffPaul76 26 days ago
"You got 14 out of 15 -----Great job! You really know all about the good ol' days!" I got # 14 wrong.
MrPerfect 26 days ago
15/15. "Life is about having a good time, and it was a good time..."
JHP MrPerfect 25 days ago
you are perfect
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