Legendary TV producer Norman Lear is known for exploring hot-button subjects in his comedies, including “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons.” The current Netflix incarnation of “One Day at a Time” is no exception. Adapted from Lear’s original series that ran from 1975 to 1984, it explores the experiences of a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles. And family is what it all comes down to for Lear. We talked with him recently on the red carpet at a special Netflix FYSEE event for “One Day.”. Watch our interview above.
“I was born into a family, and a lot of these things we dealt with [on TV] my family dealt with,” said Lear about the subject matter of his shows. “And if it wasn’t my family it was the family next door, or up the street, or across the street. This is what Americans were going through.”
In its first two seasons “One Day at a Time” has already addressed issues of racism and immigration as Penelope (Justina Machado), her two children (Marcel Ruiz and Isabella Gomez), and her mother (Rita Moreno) adjust to Donald Trump‘s America. Penelope is also a combat veteran being treated for post traumatic stress disorder and depression, which gives the show opportunities to dive deep into issues of mental health.
For his career achievements Lear has won four Emmys and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. He was also honored with a Peabody Award in 1978 for “All in the Family,” the National Medal of Arts in 1999 and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2017, among his many plaudits. Will he be an Emmy nominee once again this year as a producer of “One Day at a Time”?
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