It's a Living

ABC (ended 1989)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 20

    The Sonny and Dot Show

    Aired 4/8/89

  • S 6 : Ep 19

    A Very Special It's a Living

    Aired 3/18/89

  • S 6 : Ep 18

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker

    Aired 3/11/89

  • S 6 : Ep 17

    My Little Red Book

    Aired 3/4/89

  • S 6 : Ep 16

    The Dark at the Top of the Top

    Aired 2/25/89

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ann Jillian

    Cassie Cranston (1980-1982), (1985-1986)

  • Susan Sullivan

    Lois Adams (1980-1981)

  • Gail Edwards

    Dot Higgins

  • Wendy Schaal

    Vicki Allen (1980-1981)

  • Barrie Youngfellow

    Jan Hoffmeyer Gray

  • show Description
  • It's a Living takes place at a posh restaurant, Above the Top which is located on the top floor of a California high rise hotel. This series originally began in October of 1980 on ABC and ran for one season. ABC must have had faith in the show for it returned the following season under a new title, Making a Living. After that everyone thought they had seen the last of it, but in 1985, It's a Living restarted production for an additional four seasons which ran in syndication. The stories revolved around the waitresses (who've included: Lois, Jan, Dot, Cassie, Vicki, Maggie, Amy and Ginger) their boss and hostess, Nancy, and the piano man Sonny. Also in the cast are the three chefs the restaurant has had over the years, Mario, Dennis and Howard. NOTE: The last four years of the series aired in syndication, so the airdates are approximate. Syndicated series usually aired on weekends, so it is assumed that most channels aired It's a Living on Saturdays, since this was the day that Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay channels aired them. NOTE:The building used for the exterior of Above the Top is the Westin Bonaventure Hotel located in Los Angeles. First Telecast: October 30, 1980 Last Telecast: September 1989 Episodes: 120 Color Episodes ABC Broadcast History October 1980-January 1981----Thursdays----9:30 p.m. July-August 1981----Tuesdays----9:30 p.m. September-October 1981----Fridays----8:30 p.m. October 1981-January 1982----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. February 1982----Fridays----9:30 p.m. June-September 1982----Fridays----8:30 p.m. Syndication Broadcast History September 1985-September 1989 Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) Never ranked above 25moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Cassie : "I dated a pilot once"
      Lois: "You've dated everyone once; have you dated anyone TWICE?"
      Cassie: "Yeah....Once!"

    • Jan: There's only one of him and five of us, we've got him outnumbered. Dot: Unless he has gun ... or a knife, or an axe, or a machete. Cassie: Oh, let's put her in charge of morale.

    • Lois: taking over Nancy's hostess job with little success "How did Nancy ever do this job?"
      Dot: "WELL"
      Lois: slightly miffedI know! She didn't deserved to get fired, she deserved a medal!

    Notes (12)

    • The series begins it's run, airing on Thursdays.

    • This episode was postponed on November 27, 1980.

    • The series now airs on Saturdays.

    • Louise Lasser joins the cast as Maggie McBurney. She and star Marian Mercer worked together back in 1976 on Louise's hit series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

    • The series is now airing on Fridays.

    • The series is now airing in syndication. This means, the series is now airing on Saturdays or Sundays, depending on the channel.

    • The airdate for this episode has not been verified.

    • Ann Jillian makes her final appearance as Cassie Cranston.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A guilty pleasure

    By Jagger1966, Aug 10, 2005

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