One Day at a Time

Season 1 Episode 1

Ann's Decision

3
Aired Unknown Dec 16, 1975 on CBS
8.4
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Newly divorced and scared Ann Romano is up for her first decision. Her older daughter Julie wants to go on a camping trip with her friend and a couple of boys. Julie threatens to leave her mother and live with her Dad unless Ann says she can go.moreless

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  • That's a Start!

    7.5
    the very first episode of "One Day at a time" introduced us to Ann romero and her daughters Julie and Barbara. The first epiosde got off to a good start. I like Schinder, but he wasn't the reason why i watch the show. The reason are the three actresses Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli and Mackinzie Phillips. these three are the real reason why I watch the show. that first epiosde is a start of a great series for me. Whgat can I say. It's not the greatest, but I like it. Ann's speech to Barbara and Julie is very good.moreless
  • A great start to an awesome show that would be real and show a slice of life that could be messy and ugly but always loving, even when they answers weren't neat and pat.moreless

    9.4
    I was born in 1975, so I vaguely remember the early episodes of this show, catching them more in reruns and vividly remember the years to come. It was the best show! I loved it! Ann Romano was divorced and took her maiden name. My mom was divorced and took back her maiden name. Ann had 2 kids to raise on her own, so did my mom. The best part, is that Ann screamed. She was a screamer. And on TV, that wasn't done. Florence Henderson did not scream. Shirley Jones most definitely did NOT scream. Sada Thompson (that I recall) did not scream. Problems were handled in a loving, firm manner but always CALMLY. Ann Romano SCREAMED at her kids. And the best part, THEY SCREAMED BACK!!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!! AND Ann was divorced and had sex!!! Just like my mom! And she cried a lot, definitely like my mom! One Day at A Time was the first show that depicted my life, as opposed to the life I wanted to have. And that was what made it so brilliant.

    One of the best things about the show was how frankly it depicted things like drug use and especially sex. Sex for the kids. There would be several episodes where older daughter Julie would struggle with sex. And it really put her mom on edge and caused them to butt heads, which they did often. But the great thing was that Ann wasn't preaching to wait until marriage, she was preaching that it needed to be right. She was preaching that she wanted it to be beautiful and an experience Julie would treasure and those were DEFINITELY not ideas floating around all over TV!

    The dynamics of the sisters were also so real. Julie was wild and explosive, just like her mom. Barbara was sweet and angelic and that drove Julie crazy! They fought AND SCREAMED like real sisters. That was cool!

    What I remember most about this episode was Julie saying she wanted to go live with her dad, using it to get what she wanted from her mom. Ann calmly handed her bus fair to get to her dad's and sent her on her way. It was a shock to Julie and to the audience, but it was really a great moment, especially when she came back. You just knew that things weren't always going to be easy for Ann and her daughters and that was so great. And then of course there was Schneider. Or as Ethan Hawke says in Reality Bites, "If I could bottle the sexual tension between Bonnie Franklin and Shnyder, I could solve the energy crisis."

    Amen brother!

    IN the beginning there was such a big batch of flirting going on, at least from Schneider's end. Later it developed into more of a mutual friendship respect thing which was way less fun! But Oh well. This was a great launching pad for what would become a ground breaking series.moreless
Pat Harrington Jr.

Pat Harrington Jr.

Dwayne Schneider

Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

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

Bonnie Franklin

Bonnie Franklin

Ann Romano Royer

Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli

Barbara Cooper Royer

Richard Masur

Richard Masur

David Kane (1975-1976)

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