TV Fact #408 – December 5th, 2015:

The American sitcom “Julia” (1968-1971) was known for a couple revolutionary aspects to it’s production, both on a civil rights level and a technical level.

“Julia” was actually one of the first weekly series to depict an African American woman in a non-stereotypical role. While previous television series featured African American lead characters who were usually servants, the lead character Julia Baker, played by actress and singer Diahann Carroll, was a single mother and a nurse in a doctor’s office at a large aerospace company.

Also, during it’s initial run, “Julia” was among the few situation comedies in the late 1960’s that did not use a laugh track. It should be noted that 20th Century-Fox Television added one in when the series was reissued for syndication and cable rebroadcasts in the late 1980’s. This could not change the facts…”Julia” represented the changing times in film and television. For the better I might add.

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