Clip | Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You - Norman Lear – All in The Family Disclaimer

Norman Lear’s controversial work led to a disclaimer from CBS.

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There's a reason Richard Nixon put Norman on his enemies list. To be able to talk about real life and real issues - forget how controversial they are - they're real. That's what - that's what's so relevant. That stuff didn't happen in sitcoms I mean - it was - you know we used to say it's too hip for the room. You know it was just too smart and too different and too edgy and you know we thought goodbye and good luck. And the fact is, CBS was nervous about it; they put on a big disclaimer saying you know essentially we don't want - we don't have anything to do with this show. Warning the program you are about to see is All in the Family.

It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices and concerns.

By making them a source of laughter we hope to show - in a mature fashion - just how absurd they are.