Satirical look at a world where women rule and men are objectified.
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 L.W. Carruthers
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 Ma Packer
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 Peggy Horner
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 Steve Norlinger (1977)
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 Nancy Langston
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 Linda Murkland
Jim Greenleaf ...
 Jeremy Stockwood
David Haskell ...
 Michael McFarland
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 Bert Stockwood
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 Christina Stockwood
Wes Parker ...
 Glenn Langston
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 Dan Kincaid
Louise Shaffer ...
 Andrea Martin
Marte Boyle Slout ...
 Grace Smith
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 Sonny Packer
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The world was exactly like ours EXCEPT that women were the dominate gender. Women were the captains of industry and men were household workers, secretaries and waiters trying to attract attention with their sexuality. To add some additional twists to that twist there were characters into dominance/submission, a woman who had been a man (played by Linda Gray) and, of course, women CEOs having affairs with their secretaries. Written by <linda_ball@lbffp.com>

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18 April 1977 (USA)  »

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"All That Glitters" was a five night series which aired on the local Los Angeles Channel 13 television station, weekly. The entire series ran all the shows taped in the schedule. After Norman Lear canceled the show, the scenery was dumped. All permanent (which had been purchased) set dressing furniture pieces were divided up and relocated in the Lear Office empire. See more »

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Lear's Best!!
18 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"All That Glitters" was undoubtedly Norman Lear's most cutting edge work. To say that this show was ahead of its time is an understatement. Staying very much in the vein of Lear's trademark "social commentary" brand of humor, the society into which this show's characters were cast portrayed women as dominant and men as submissive and oppressed.

The key to its charm was the blatant inversion of traditional gender power dynamics as well as the complete inversion of gender-based rituals and ceremonies. I recall one episode where a wedding took place where the groom--still dressed in traditional tuxedo--came down the aisle with his bouquet in hand to meet his bride waiting at the altar.

As a first run syndicated television show, "All That Glitters" never had a regular "national" primetime slot which would have made more of the public aware of its existence. But one thing was sure: the sexism inflicted by the women on the men in this show didn't look any better than it has coming from men. By switching the typical gender roles, Lear managed to make both a humorous and serious statement about the ugly side of sexism without preaching––an all too rare occurrence in television. This one ended much too soon.


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