VIEWPOINT: Eve's Rib and Adam's Yawn

Picture this: women sit in the executive suites and men in the typing pools. Women are aggressive and combative, and men are meek and passive. Women ogle waiters and crack bad jokes about sex while their male companions sit and fume. Imagine all that and you know most of what you need to know —or want to know—about All That Glitters, Norman Lear's new syndicated TV soap opera, premiering on 40 stations across the country this week.

Lear has made a career out of forcing Americans to laugh at their imperfections in such hits as All in the Family, Maude,...

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