An exhaustive list of Norman Lear's television and radio productions

Even this he got to experience.

Folks, we lost a real one.

Norman Lear shifted the culture, perhaps more than any other media figure in history. It was his encouragement and direction that urged writers to constantly push television forward as an important medium. His pursuit of truth was broadcasted through the characters that populated his shows, and millions of American living rooms were enlightened by his bold approach.

To best illustrate just how incredibly massive Lear's contribution to American culture was, here is, without further editorializing, a list of his credits, as pulled from his own website.

Count how many you've seen and let us know which was your favorite in the comments section below.


Ford Star Revue (with Jack Haley): 1950-51; TV, Weekly; NL/Ed Simmons, writers

Colgate Comedy Hour (Martin and Lewis): 1950-53; TV, Weekly; NL/Ed Simmons, writers

Martin and Lewis: 1950-53; Radio; NL/Ed Simmons, writers

Martha Raye Show: 1954-56; Radio; NL/Ed Simmons, writers

Tennessee Ernie Ford Show: 1957; TV, Weekly; NL writer

George Gobel Show: 1957-59; TV, Weekly; NL writer

The Deputy (with Henry Fonda): 1959-61; TV Series; NL/Roland Kibbee, writers

TV Guide Award Show: 1960; TV Special; NL/Tom Koch, writers

Bobby Darin and Friends: 1961; TV Special; NL writer/Producer/Director

Danny Kaye Show: 1961; TV Special; NL/Hal Kantor, writers

Andy Williams Show: 1962; TV Special Series; NL writer, Bud Yorkin Director

Henry Fonda and the Family; 1962; TV Special; NL/Tom Koch, writers

An Evening with Carol Channing: 1966; TV Special; Tandem Production (NL/Bud Yorkin)

Robert Young and the Family: 1971; TV Special; Tandem Production (NL/Bud Yorkin)

All in the Family: 1971-79; TV Series; Developed/Produced by NL, writing supervision

Maude: 1972-78; TV Series; Developed/Produced by NL, writing supervision

Sanford and Son: 1972-78; TV Series; Produced by NL

Duke Ellington … We Love You Madly: 1973; TV Special; Tandem / T.A.T

Good Times: 1974-79; TV Series; Developed/Produced by NL, writing supervision

The Jeffersons: 1975-86; TV Series; Developed/Produced by NL

One Day at a Time: 1975-84; TV Series; Created, Developed, Produced by NL

Hot L Baltimore: 1975; TV Series; Developed/Produced by NL

All’s Fair: 1976-77; TV Series; Produced by NL

The Nancy Walker Show: 1976; TV Series; Created by NL

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: 1976-77; TV Series; Developed/Produced by NL

A Year at the Top: 1977; TV Series; Produced by NL

The Dumplings: 1977; TV Series; Produced by NL

All That Glitters: 1977; TV Series; Developed by NL

Fernwood 2Night: 1977; TV Series; Created by NL

Forever Fernwood: 1977; TV Series

Sanford Arms: 1977; TV Series; Production Supervisor

America 2Night: 1978; TV Series

Apple Pie: 1978; TV Series; Created by NL

In the Beginning: 1978; TV Series; Developed by NL

The Baxters: 1979; TV Series

Hanging In: 1979; TV Series; Produced by NL

Palmerstown: 1980-81; TV Series; Developed/Produced by NL

I Love Liberty: 1982; TV Special; Created, Developed, Written, Produced by NL

a.k.a. Pablo: 1984TV Series; Created by NL

E R (aka Recovery Room): 1984; TV Series; TAT/Embassy

Heartsounds: 1984; Movie made for TV; Created/Produced by NL

Sunday Dinner: 1991; TV Series; Produced by ACT III / NL

All in the Family 20th Anniversary: 1991; TV Special Produced by ACT III / NL

The Powers That Be: 1992-93; TV Series; Produced by ACT III / NL

704 Hauser 1994; TV Series; Produced by ACT III / NL

Channel Umptee-3: 1997; TV Series; Produced by ACT III / NL

America Divided: 2016-18; TV Docu-Series; Produced by ACT III / NL

One Day at a Time: 2017-20; TV Series; Produced by ACT III / NL

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and The Jeffersons: 2019; TV Special; Produced by ACT III / NL

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times: 2019; TV Special; Produced by ACT III / NL

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes: 2021; TV Special Produced by ACT III / NL

Clean Slate*: 2024; TV Series; Produced by Act III / NL

Good Times: Black Again*: 2024; TV Animated Series; Produced by Act III / NL



*currently in development when Lear passed away

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16 Comments

CaptainDunsel 6 months ago
Clearly his heyday was in the early 70s to mid 80s. After that, nothing seems to have gone longer than 1-2 seasons. (With the apparent exception of the 2017-20 "One Day at a Time" reboot.)
LoveMETV22 6 months ago
Nice to see that MeTV has changed up part of their broadcast schedule Sunday 12/10 to honor
Norman Lear.
LoveMETV22 LoveMETV22 6 months ago
Kudos MeTV staff, (Writers, Scheduling, Etc....). Mr. Lear is worthy of the recognition.
cperrynaples LoveMETV22 6 months ago
BTW, Catchy Comedy has nightly blocks of Good Times, Sanford & Son, & All In The Family!
LoveMETV22 cperrynaples 6 months ago
Yes. But it's nice to see a few of the series episodes that are not regular to MeTV's schedule, being aired on MeTV. AAMOF!
cperrynaples 6 months ago
Clearly all these guys did was write down credits from IMDB! Any idiot could do that! They misspelled All That Glitters, a personal favorite! Also, the medical show was E/R [the Elliot Gould sitcom, not the George Clooney drama! ironically he was in it along with a young Jason Alexander] !
Before you call anyone an idiot, maybe re-read the article. It clearly says that it's from Norman Lear's website.
Also what're you on about? They didn't misspell All That Glitters.
Didn't read that part about the website, but it's still lazy research! And the S was added AFTER I pointed it out! And yes the 1984 comedy has upper case letters and slash whereas the drama is lower case and no slash! Also, George Clooney was on both shows!
Andybandit 6 months ago
I love NL's shows. I am glad I get to watch his shows on Antenna TV and Catchy comedy, because MeTV only plays AITF from NL. I wish MeTv would air those shows but they won't.
LoveMETV22 6 months ago
An impressive list. Favorites would be All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times,
The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time. Although did enjoy some of his other productions as well.
justjeff 6 months ago
Quite the list of accomplishments... By the way, Bud Yorkin worked with Norman Lear on the Colgate Comedy Hour segments with Martin and Lewis - and was the long-time partner of Lear in their Tandem Productions...
cperrynaples justjeff 6 months ago
Yes, he was the principal contributor to Sanford & Son and directed Cold Turkey, my favorite Dick Van Dyke movie!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 6 months ago
PS He also did What's Happening without Lear!
Bapa1 cperrynaples 6 months ago
That was on a few weeks ago, strange film. Jean Stapleton was in it.
cperrynaples Bapa1 6 months ago
She certainly was and would you believe she was also in Klute with Jane Fonda?
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