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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Comedy | Fantasy

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18 April 1977 (USA)  »

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L'Evo di Eva  »

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Former Major League Baseball player Wes Parker literally walked into his role. He was doing play-by-play reporting for a Los Angeles television station owned by Norman Lear's Tandem-TAT partner, Jerry Perenchio. Wes Parker said, "Lear casually asked if I'd be interested in the part. I said yes, but knew it was out of the question, because in real life things don't happen that way. Nobody walks in and gets on a Norman Lear show. I read for the part, got it and didn't sleep at all that night." On Wes Parker's role in his first day engagement on the television studio stage interior living room set with Chuck McCann, Parker appeared top-less, in bare feet with only white-white-styled-beach loosely tied limp cotton pants. Parker was a hunk. His first day appearance was like being in a shark's tank! The stage set's periphery circumference was occupied by the female secretarial TAT Communications secretarial production office team pool-ensemble - observing Wes Parker's moves on his living room interior stage setting! After his rehearsal blocking was established, and the next set and scene was moved into, the studio-office-pool of secretaries dispensed, returning to their KTTV office work stations. The rehearsal and camera blocking of Wes Parker's sessions remained a favorite extra benefit to Lear's staff secretarial personnel. See more »

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Lear's Best!!
18 October 2004 | by 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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