Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
- Consider For
“Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and a great cast and director aced a daunting high-wire act…”
“…recaptured the energy, humor and thought-provoking engagement on race, sex and other charged issues that made Lear's comedies an influential cultural phenomenon when they premiered in the 1970s.”
“With meticulous attention to set detail and wig shapes, ABC’s live staging of “Henry’s Farewell” (“All in the Family”) and “A Friend in Need” (“The Jeffersons”) managed to feel both like an artifact of a nostalgic past and the urgent present…”
“Marisa Tomei was a sheer delight as Edith Bunker; her performance was part warm homage to Jean Stapleton’s quavery brilliance, and part reminder to every TV executive watching that she has an Oscar…”
“Television doesn’t get more unifying than that.”
“Both shows' sets were re-created with loving attention to detail, the costumes showed loving attention to butterfly collars, and not a line of dialogue was changed...”
“The episode really came alive when Sykes and Foxx arrived as Weezy and George.”
“It was effective as a televised stage play; as, yes, an admittedly nostalgia-riddled exercise in watching contemporary actors try to nail the mannerisms of old sitcom characters; and as a reminder that the same social issues addressed in these nearly 50-year-old comedies remain relevant today…”
“…an entertaining, strangely touching tribute to television as a medium.”
- Critics' Choice
- Primetime Emmy®
This prime-time tribute, hosted by Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel, recreates original episodes from both of the Emmy® Award-winning series All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows, the special is executive produced by Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux.
About All in the Family and The Jeffersons:
From 1971 through 1979, All in the Family was in the homes of millions of Americans, tackling controversial subjects for the first time such as women’s rights, racism and homosexuality. The series followed Archie Bunker as the highly opinionated, working-class family man who viewed the world on his terms. When not arguing with his liberal son-in-law, Archie took refuge in his wife, Edith, who tried to understand Archie's conservative ways and outdated beliefs. The award-winning series shaped ongoing political and social conversations among American families in the post-civil rights era.
The success of All in the Family launched The Jeffersons, running from 1975 to 1985. It was the first television series to feature an interracial couple, and it would go on to be one of the longest-running African-American shows on TV. The series followed George and Louise Jefferson moving on up to the east side and showcasing what it was like to be successful in a predominantly white world. The series changed the landscape and helped shift conversations about race and class, paving the way for other African-American actors and TV shows.