At the MoviesOriginal Run: 1982-2010 Creator: Roget Ebert, Gene Siskel Stars: Gene Siskel Network: Syndicated Two displays that were different, both titled At The Movies from different production organizations, the blend of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel completely revolutionized the concept of film criticism. Greatly admired for his or her ability to succinctly sum up the newest films as well as their honesty and integrity in sparring with each other when opinions differed, the pair were also criticized by many for degrading the integrity of film criticism by lowering it to arbitrary “thumbs up“or “thumbs down“gestures. Such was the legacy of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and also the duality of the show. They were among the only movie critics whose opinions an “average American“can frequently be be predicted to regard and did much for legitimizing the concept of film criticism outside of a class-room environment. Some might nonetheless criticize the idea of a two-outcome ranking system, but it was the approachable eloquence of the hosts that made the format work.
The JeffersonsOriginal Run: 197585 Creator: Norman Lear Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover Network: CBS Norman Lear produced a run of hit shows in the 1970s, you start with with All in the Family, Sanford and Son (and its British predecessor Steptoe and Son), The Jeffersons, Maude, 1 Day at a Time and Goodtimes. It may be argued that no one had a larger audience for inter-racial dialogue than Lear. The Jeffersons was his longest running sequence, lasting well to the ’80s, and in it, he gave America an affluent African American family dealing with new surroundings. George Jefferson might not have been a model for race relations (talking about Louise’s interracial couple buddies as “zebrasâ), but as with Archie Bunker, bigotry in the present was revealed for what it was.
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