Makin' It (TV series)

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Makin' It
Makin It tv series.jpg
Promotional advertisement for the pilot episode, 1979
Created by Mark Rothman
Lowell Ganz
Garry Marshall
Starring David Naughton
Greg Antonacci
Denise Miller
Ellen Travolta
Lou Antonio
Theme music composer Dino Fekaris
Freddie Perren
Opening theme "Makin' It" performed by David Naughton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Production
Executive producer(s) Thomas L. Miller
Edward K. Milkis
Lowell Ganz
Mark Rothman
Producer(s) David W. Duclon
Deborah Leschin
Jeffrey Ganz
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Miller-Milkis Productions
Henderson Productions
Stigwood Group, Ltd.
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original run February 1, 1979 (1979-02-01)  – March 23, 1979 (1979-03-23)

Makin' It is an American sitcom starring David Naughton as a disco dancer in the late 1970s. The series only lasted nine episodes, airing on Fridays at 8:00PM on ABC from February 1 through March 23, 1979 before being canceled. It also aired in the United Kingdom on ITV from March 21, 1979.[1]

In 2002, TV Guide ranked it number 40 on its TV Guide's 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time list.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The show was set in Passaic, New Jersey and was about the daily life of Billy Manucci, a young man who frequented the local disco club, Inferno, at night while working at an ice cream parlor called Tasty Treats during the day. Manucci was highly influenced by the disco craze and the movie Saturday Night Fever specifically.

Makin' It had the misfortune of coming to air near the end of the disco fad as backlash against the disco culture (such as the one portrayed in the show) was rising in the United States, culminating in Disco Demolition Night in the summer of 1979. As such, it lasted only eight weeks on air before being canceled.

Robert Stigwood, the producer of Saturday Night Fever as well as the Bee Gees' manager, was involved in the show's creation, as was Garry Marshall. The theme song, sung by David Naughton, reached #5 on the Billboard Top 40 charts in 1979.[3] It entered the Top 40 on May 12, nearly two months after the show had been canceled. The song was also featured in the Bill Murray movie Meatballs.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date PC
1 "Stayin' Alive" Lowell Ganz Lowell Ganz,
Mark Rothman
February 1, 1979 001
Debut: Billy Manucci is a New Yorker working his way through college and living at home in the shadow of his swinging older brother.
2 "The Art Auction" Joel Zwick Ron Leavitt February 2, 1979 003
Billy poses as Al Pacino's brother to get into an art auction, and bids $5,000 for a painting to impress Corky.
3 "Big Brother Is Watching" Joel Zwick Judith D. Allison February 9, 1979 002
4 "Fun, Fun, Fun: Part 1" Mark Rothman David W. Duclon February 16, 1979 004
5 "Fun, Fun, Fun: Part 2" John Tracy Deborah Leschin February 23, 1979 005
Billy shirks his responsibilities and moves in with his brother.
6 "Something for Ma" Joel Zwick Babaloo Mandel March 2, 1979 007
Billy invites Tony to Dorothy's birthday party, though Tony hasn't visited since a tiff with his dad.
7 "Little Orphan Fusco" (Unknown) (Unknown) March 9, 1979 010
Bernard thanks Dorothy for nursing his injured foot by sending gifts, which her kids mistake for presents from a lover.
8 "Tony's Homecoming" Joel Zwick Richard Rosenstock March 16, 1979 008
Tony and his parents are reunited after a two-year separation.
9 "Friends for Life" John Tracy Stephen Nathan,
Paul B. Price
March 23, 1979 009

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Lewisohn (1998). Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. BBC Worldwide Ltd. p. 414. ISBN 0-563-36977-9. 
  2. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 228. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1. 
  3. ^ Billboard Top 40 Hits of 1979

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