Norman Lear, iconic TV producer and screenwriter, passed away at 101.

Lear's sitcoms, including "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," addressed serious societal issues.

He revolutionized television in the '70s by tackling topics like homophobia, sexism, and racism.

Lear's shows portrayed realistic family dynamics, departing from the simpler narratives of the time.

Archie Bunker from "All in the Family" was inspired by Lear's own father, and other characters had real-life influences.

Lear's upbringing in a Jewish family during the Depression shaped his perspective on social issues.

He dropped out of college, served in World War II, and struggled before making a mark in the entertainment industry.

Lear's sitcoms, starting with "All in the Family," became huge successes, reaching the top of TV ratings.

His influence extended beyond entertainment as he ventured into political activism, founding "People for the American Way."

Lear continued his impact in Hollywood even in his later years, contributing to show reboots and engaging in political and social causes.