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VIDEO: Which All in the Family Scene Still Makes Norman Lear Cry?

Norman Lear and Katie Couric

TV writer-producer Norman Lear is a true pioneer — not only in the sense that he created such legendary sitcoms as All in the FamilyMaude and The Jeffersons, but also because he tackled topics such as menopause, impotence and even transgender issues when they were still taboo.

In an interview with Katie Couric, Lear, 92, says he still chokes up when watching the All in the Family scene in which Edith (Jean Stapleton) discusses her friend Beverly — whom Lear describes as "a transsexual, a man who'd become a woman" — getting murdered.

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TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time

The Sopranos

So many golden ages, so much brilliance from which to choose. In culling from the "60 Greatest" lists we've compiled during our 60th-anniversary year, we shook things up, blending drama, comedy and other genres to salute the shows with the biggest cultural impact and most enduring influence. What will the next 60 years bring? We can't wait to find out... read more

How Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling Celebrates the Strength of Weak Female Characters

Mindy Kaling

Strong female characters are rarely allowed to be nuanced on TV. They don't get to be brilliant, vain or funny. They get to be strong (and maybe sexy, if they're lucky). They kick a--, overcome obstacles and rarely display any signs of feminine vulnerability. Often times, their strength is framed as the result of some "issue," (SVU's Olivia Benson troubled childhood, Sonya Cross' Asperger's on The Bridge), as though the women are only strong because a catalyst forced them to be this way.

But Mindy Lahiri doesn't have issues (well, she has issues, but not in that sense). She's a strong, well-developed comedic antihero on par with  Michael Scott. But many Mindy Project viewers didn't warm to Mindy as quickly as they took to the equally offensive Office boss. "I think that [Mindy] is very resilient and very confident and until you see her display kindness or show rapport with other people, it's hard for an audience just to decide they love her," Mindy Kaling tells TVGuide.com, recalling the initial reaction to the character.

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Emmys to Pay Special Tribute to James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith and More

James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith

The 65th Annual Emmys will pay special tribute to five famous TV talents who died this past year in addition to the traditional "In Memoriam" segment, CBS announced Monday.

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Sally Struthers' Drunk Driving Charge Dropped

Sally Struthers

The drunk driving case against Sally Struthers has been dismissed, according to the Portland Press Herald.

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Sally Struthers Gets Trial Date for 2012 DUI

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers will go to trial in September to face DUI charges, The Associated Press reports.

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Breaking Bad, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany Win Big at TCA Awards

Bryan Cranston, Tatiana Maslany

As Breaking Bad prepares to say farewell, the AMC series has topped the winners of this year's Television Critics Association Awards, taking home Program of the Year.

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Meanwhile, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany was the belle of the ball, winning for Individual Achievement in Drama for her impressive portrayal of multiple clones on the BBC America drama. Emmy nominee Louis C.K. won for Individual Achievement in comedy for Louie.

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Welcome to the Family Draws Inspiration from Famous Families

Welcome to the Family

NBC's new comedy Welcome to the Family may portray a white family often bumping heads with a Latino family, but the cast and creator Mike Sikowitz clarified that the sitcom is not a culture clash.

The series follows a white family (Mike O'Malley and Mary McCormack) and a Latino family (Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado) who bond when their children (Ella Rae Peck and Joey Haro) fall in love and plan a family.

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Three's Company Producer George Burditt Dies at 89

Emmy-nominated writer-producer George Burditt died Tuesday in Burbank, Deadline reports. He was 89. read more

The 60 Greatest TV Families of All Time

The Brady Bunch

Family ties bind us. We invite TV dynasties into the middle of our full houses (upstairs, downstairs) for happy days and good times. Watching married-with-children characters one day at a time becomes an all-in-the-family affair for the wonder years and brings about home improvement. That's why modern families matter and can take us to seventh heaven.

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Premiered: January 12, 1971, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The groundbreaking, multi-Emmy-winning sitcom about bigoted Archie Bunker ended TV's innocence. Its protagonist was simultaneously lovable and pathetic and, series creator Norman Lear said, `the bigger-than-life epitome of something that's in all of us, like it or not.' The series premiered on CBS on Jan. 12, 1971, changed its title to `Archie Bunker's Place' in 1979 and ran on the network until 1983. It spun off the successful `Maude,' `The Jeffersons' and `Good Times.'

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