Creator of TV's First (Gay) Reality Show An American Family Has Died
An American Family, the 1973 docuseries that excavated the inner lives of the Santa Barbara-based Loud family, introduced audiences to TV's first openly gay character Lance Loud, the family's eldest son. Now, the show's creator Craig Gilbert, who utilized the style of cinéma vérité made popular by the Maysles brothers and D.A. Pennebaker, has died at 94, according to The Washington Post. The cause of death has not been revealed.