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The lovable bigot, the women’s libber, the independent career woman — Norman Lear, Mary Tyler Moore and her ex-husband Grant Tinker were behind some of TV’s most enduring characters. The Paley Center’s ’70s Spin-Off-Palooza traces their studios’ influence on the “golden age” of sitcoms and screens spinoff episodes from their biggest series: All in the Family’s “Cousin Maude’s Visit,” in which feminist Maude (Bea Arthur) helps nurse Edith’s ailing family and instantly clashes with Archie Bunker; Maude’s “Maude Meets Florida,” in which Maude hires headstrong maid Florida (Esther Rolle), who goes on to become the matriarch in Good Times; and The Jeffersons’ “A Friend in Need,” in which the Jeffersons, too, decide they need a maid and hire mouthy Florence (Marla Gibbs), who has the run of the house. The event closes out with the Mary Tyler Moore spinoff premieres of Rhoda, starring Valerie Harper as a single girl in New York, and Lou Grant, with Ed Asner reprising his MTM role, this time in a drama. The latter’s cast includes Nancy Marchand, who was just as scary playing a newspaper publisher as she was playing Tony Soprano’s filicidal mommy on The Sopranos. Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; Sat.-Sun., Oct. 18-19, 2-5 p.m.; free, suggested donation $10, $8 students & seniors, $5 children. (310) 786-1091, paley?center.org.

Sat., Oct. 18, 2 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19, 2 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/19/14)

LA Weekly