One Day at a Time

CBS (ended 1984)



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One Day at a Time

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One Day at a Time began in December of 1975 and aired for 9 years on CBS. It was also a Sunday night staple for many years. The series centered around Ann Romano, a recently divorced mother of two, who lives in Indianapolis with her two daughters, Julie and Barbara. Most episodes centered around Ann trying to raise two headstrong daughters and have a career at the same time. As the years went by, the girls grew up, got married and started families of their own. Julie married Max Horvath in 1979 and a few years later, in 1982, Barbara married Mark Royer. Other in the cast include, Dwayne Schneider, the building superintendent, Katherine Romano, Ann's mother and Francine Webster, Ann's business partner. Over the years, Ann became involved with a number of different men, including David Kane who proposed but she turned him down. Nick Handris became a serious boyfriend who had a son from a previous marriage, Alex. When Nick died in 1981, Alex moved in with Ann, and became the son, she never had. In 1982, Ann became involved with Sam Royer, Mark's dad and they eventually wed. First Telecast: December 16, 1975 Last Telecast: September 2, 1984 Episodes: 209 Color Episodes CBS Broadcast History December 1975-July 1976----Tuesdays----9:30 p.m. September 1976-January 1978----Tuesdays----9:30 p.m. January 1978-January 1979----Mondays----9:30 p.m. January-March 1979----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. March 1979-September 1982----Sundays----8:30 p.m. September 1982-March 1983----Sundays----9:30 p.m. March-May 1983----Mondays----9:30 p.m. June 1983-February 1984----Sundays----8:30 p.m. March-May 1984----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m. May-August 1984----Mondays----9:00 p.m. August-September 1984----Sundays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) #12 in the 1975-1976 Season #8 in the 1976-1977 Season #10 in the 1977-1978 Season #18 in the 1978-1979 Season #10 in the 1979-1980 Season #11 in the 1980-1981 Season #10 in the 1981-1982 Season #16 in the 1982-1983 Season Theme Song: "One Day at a Time" Written by: Jeff Barry and Nancy Barry Sung by: This is it. (This is it.) This is life, the one you get, so go and have a ball. This is it. (This is it.) Straight ahead and rest assured, you can't be sure at all. So while you're here enjoy the view. Keep on doing what you do. So hold on tight we'll muddle through, One day at a time. (One day at a time.) So up on your feet. (Up on your feet.) Somewhere there's music playing. Don't you worry none We'll just take it like it comes. One day at a time. (One day at a time.) One day at a time. (One day at a time.) One day at a time. (One day at a time.) One day at a time. (One day at a time.)moreless
Bonnie Franklin

Bonnie Franklin

Ann Romano Royer

Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

Julie Cooper Horvath (1975-1980), (1982-1984)

Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli

Barbara Cooper Royer

Pat Harrington Jr.

Pat Harrington Jr.

Dwayne Schneider

Richard Masur

Richard Masur

David Kane (1975-1976)

Mary Louise Wilson

Mary Louise Wilson

Ginny Wrobliki (1976-1977)

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  • My mom wouldn't let me watch this.

    For some reason, my mom did not want me to watch One Day At a Time when I was a child. I could watch Three's Company. I watched Johnny Carson and SNL. But she did not want me watching this. I always wondered what was so bad about it. First, I loved Schneider. The sisters were interesting, particularly Barbara (Valerie). I thought Julie (Mackenzie) was extremely charismatic. And I loved Ann. She was kind of the mom I wished I'd had, with the humor and the patience.

    I just caught an episode of this on TV and was a little shocked at the stories for the 1970's. It was really challenging to see the daughter get mad because mom didn't want her to get married and to run away. It was hard seeing the kids trying to make sense of how their dad stayed the night, and thoughts of their getting back together raced through theirs heads. I felt real emotion of heartbreak that a parent or child or a kid may have felt, all the same time.

    While kind of innocent but seemingly sexy Three's Company would have been on ABC, these sad stories with real emotion played on CBS. Oh and don't even talk about Maude. I wasn't even allowed to watch that.moreless
  • Valerie Bertinelli on network television...need I say more

    Bonnie Franklin as a fiesty mother of two, redhead,with a temper to match along with a teenage Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips. Along with Pat Harrington Jr. a truly awesome cast to begin with, then ove the years additions in the form of husbands for both the girls and several gentlemen friends for the mother along with the visiting father of the girls from time to time as the situation and the scripts called for. A show that was comedic as well as dramatic as the situation required and the cast did an admirable job of maintaining this ride on one of the first tv dramedies of all time.moreless
  • The three actresses are the reason why I tune in the Show

    The reason why I love 'One Day at a Time" are the three actresses on the show. Bonnie Frankin, Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips. If you ask me, the three women are the sexiest on television. Valerie and Mackenzie are hot, but Bonnie Franklin is the hottest. I don't care what anyone thinks, the reason why I tune in are the three actresses that I love. I don't care what the episodes and the issues are, I just want to tune in to see what Bonnie's wearing. You can look at "Charlie's Angels," I got my angels right here. Bonnie, Valerie and Mackinzie.moreless
  • A decent 70's sit com about a divorced mother living in an appartment with two teenage daughters.

    A decent 70's sit com about a divorced mother living in an appartment with two teenage daughters. Bonnie Franklin stared as the mother Ann Romano. Her daughters were played by Valerie Bertinelli (Barbara) and Mackenzie Phillips (Julie). Both of those young ladies are quite famous. Valerie married rock star Eddie Va Halen. Mackenzie is the daughter of John and Michele Phillips from the music group The Mamma ans the Pappas. The building superintendant was played by Pat Harrington Jr. (Dwayne Schneider). he was a odd character always on the hunt for a woman. The rest of the cast included Michael Lembeck as Max Horvath, Howard Hesseman as Sam Royer, Shelley Fabares as Francine Webster and Nanette Fabray as Katherine Romano.

  • A Groundbreaking show

    This show is a groundbreaking show where being single and

    With kids is ok. Because a show like this never, ever, was

    Heard of at the time. It focuses on Ann Romano, a divorcee

    Who moves with her two daughters, to start a brand new life in hopes of making things better between the three of them.

    The show "Jumped the shark" due to Mackenzie Philipps drug use and trying to get clean.

    But still a great show and groundbreaking!moreless

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    single parent, social commentary, teen angst, social issues, 70s