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“Maude” on Tough Issues


Largely responsible for the explosion of bold American television in the 1970s, writer/producer Norman Lear’s name is synonymous with the sitcom. In this excerpt, Lear talks about the groundbreaking show “Maude,” and how the show addressed women’s issues, like abortion, head-on.

Look, there's only one sensible way out of this. You don't have to have the baby; it's legal now.

You know, she's right, it's legal in New York State. You better give that a thought.

I have given it a thought. Oh, I don't know, I don't know, I just don't know! The euphemism for 'censor' was 'program practices' and the program practice department simply didn't want to deal with abortion.