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.