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It's a Living

ABC (ended 1989)



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It's a Living

Show Summary

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 25



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    Ann Jillian

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

    Susan Sullivan

    Susan Sullivan

    Lois Adams (1980-1981)

    Gail Edwards

    Gail Edwards

    Dot Higgins

    Wendy Schaal

    Wendy Schaal

    Vicki Allen (1980-1981)

    Barrie Youngfellow

    Barrie Youngfellow

    Jan Hoffmeyer Gray

    Marian Mercer

    Marian Mercer

    Nancy Beebe

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    • A guilty pleasure

      It's A Living obviously will not be remembered as a groundbreaking sitcom, if it is even remembered at all. But I loved this show when I was a teen-ager. I think I started watching it because I had a huge crush on Susan Sullivan when she was playing Julie Farr M.D.(I was 10). So I tuned into this and loved it. I kept watching even when Susan was replaced by Louise Lasser. AFter two seasons and a name change to Making A Living the show was cancelled. It returned three years later once again called It's A Living. This time Ann Jillian was the star, but she left after one season, replaced by Sheryl Lee Ralph. The show continued for three more seasons. This show had about as many lives as a cat. If ever there was a little show that could, this was it.moreless