One Day at a Time

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One Day at a Time
One Day At A Time title screen.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Whitney Blake
Allan Manings
Developed by Norman Lear
Directed by Norman Campbell
Hal Cooper
Selig Frank
Bonnie Franklin
Herbert Kenwith
Sandy Kenyon
Howard Morris
Noam Pitlik
Alan Rafkin
Don Richardson
Tony Singletary
Starring Bonnie Franklin
Mackenzie Phillips
Richard Masur
Valerie Bertinelli
Pat Harrington
Mary Louise Wilson
Michael Lembeck
Ron Rifkin
Glenn Scarpelli
Shelley Fabares
Boyd Gaines
Howard Hesseman
Nanette Fabray
Theme music composer Jeff Barry
Nancy Barry
Opening theme "This Is It" performed by Polly Cutter
Ending theme "This is It" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Jeff Barry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 209 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dick Bensfield
Jack Elinson
Perry Grant
Mort Lachman
Norman Lear
Alan Rafkin
Bud Wiseman
Producer(s) Dick Bensfield
Patricia Fass Palmer
Perry Grant
Katherine Green
Allan Manings
Bud Wiser
Running time 24 mins.
Production company(s) T.A.T. Communications Company (1975–1982)
Embassy Television (1982–1984)
Distributor T.A.T. Communications Co. (1980–1982)
Embassy Telecommunications (1982–1986)
Embassy Communications (1986–1988)
Columbia Pictures Television (1988–1995)
Columbia TriStar Television (1995–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run December 16, 1975 (1975-12-16) – May 28, 1984 (1984-05-28)

One Day at a Time is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network from December 16, 1975, until May 28, 1984. It starred Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano, a divorced mother who moves to Indianapolis with her two teenage daughters, Julie and Barbara Cooper (Mackenzie Phillips, Valerie Bertinelli). Pat Harrington plays Dwayne Schneider, often simply "Schneider", their building superintendent.

The show was created by Whitney Blake and Allan Manings, a husband-and-wife writing duo who were both actors in the 1950s and 1960s. The show was based on Whitney Blake's own life as a single mother, raising her child, future actress Meredith Baxter.[1] The show was developed by Norman Lear and was produced by T.A.T. Communications Company (1975–1982), Allwhit, Inc., and later Embassy Television (1982–1984).

Like many shows developed by Lear, One Day at a Time was more of a comedy-drama, using its half-hour to tackle serious issues in life and relationships, particularly those related to second wave feminism.

Production notes[edit]

Despite being set in Indianapolis, the show was taped in various Los Angeles locations during its run. In 1975, it was taped at CBS Television City. Later that year, the series began taping at Metromedia Square where it remained until 1982. From 1982 to 1984, the series was taped at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Theme song[edit]

The theme song for One Day at a Time, "This is It", was composed by Brill Building songwriter Jeff Barry, and performed by RCA recording artist Polly Cutter.

Cast

Bonnie Franklin ... Ann Romano (1975-1984) (Season 1-9)

Valerie Bertinelli ... Barbara Cooper (1975-1984) (Season 1-9)

Mackenzie Phillips ... Julie Cooper (1975-1983) (Season 1-5,7-9)

Pat Harrington Jr. ... Dwayne F. Schneider (1975-1984) (Season 1-9)

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 15 December 16, 1975 March 30, 1976 April 24, 2007 N/A N/A
2 24 September 28, 1976 March 22, 1977 N/A
3 24 September 27, 1977 April 3, 1978
4 26 September 18, 1978 April 14, 1979
5 26 September 30, 1979 April 13, 1980
6 21 November 9, 1980 May 10, 1981
7 25 October 11, 1981 May 16, 1982
8 26 September 26, 1982 May 23, 1983
9 22 October 2, 1983 May 28, 1984

Ratings[edit]

The highest the show ever got in the Nielsen ratings was #8 during the 1976-77 season, when it tied with the ABC Sunday Night Movie and Baretta, but it consistently placed in the top 10 or 20. However, the network moved the show around on the prime time schedule 11 times.

It was best known in the 1980s as a staple of the CBS Sunday night lineup, one of the most successful in TV history, along with Archie Bunker's Place, Alice, and The Jeffersons. Available annual ratings are listed below:

  • 1975-1976: #12[2]
  • 1976-1977: #8[3]
  • 1977-1978: #10[4]
  • 1978-1979: #18[5]
  • 1979-1980: #10[6]
  • 1980-1981: #11[7]
  • 1981-1982: #10[8]
  • 1982-1983: #16[9]
  • 1983-1984: #47

Awards and nominations[edit]

The seventh season episode "Barbara's Crisis" won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for director Alan Rafkin in 1982. The episode dealt with Barbara learning that she may be unable to have children.[10] Pat Harrington won an Emmy in 1984 in the category Best Supporting Actor, Comedy. Bonnie Franklin was nominated for Best Lead Actress, Comedy in 1982.[11] Valerie Bertinelli won Golden Globe awards in 1981 and 1982, for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Syndication[edit]

CBS aired daytime reruns of the show for three years. From September 17, 1979 to February 1, 1980, it aired on the daytime schedule at 3:30pm Eastern time; with the cancellation of Love Of Life to accommodate the expansion of The Young And The Restless to one hour, it was moved on February 4, 1980 to 4:00pm Eastern due to Guiding Light moving to the 3pm hour. On September 28, 1981 it moved to 10am Eastern time, and on September 20, 1982, it was replaced by The $25,000 Pyramid. Soon after, the show entered off-net syndication, including airing on Chicago superstation WGN-TV, as well as TBS and the E! Network.

Cast reunions[edit]

The One Day at a Time Reunion was a 60-minute CBS retrospective special which aired on Tuesday February 22, 2005 at 9:00 p.m. ET, reuniting Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Valerie Bertinelli, and Pat Harrington to reminisce about the series and their characters. Recurring cast members Richard Masur, Shelley Fabares, Nanette Fabray, Michael Lembeck, and Glenn Scarpelli shared their feelings about their time on the show in separate interviews. The special was included as a bonus on One Day at a Time: The Complete First Season DVD set.

On February 26, 2008, Franklin, Phillips, Bertinelli and Harrington reunited once again to talk about life on the set, Phillips' drug problems and the show's theme song on NBC's Today Show as part of a week-long segment titled "Together Again: TV's Greatest Casts Reunited".

Bertinelli, Harrington and (on tape) Franklin appeared on the September 10, 2008 episode of Rachael Ray to celebrate Ray's 40th birthday.

One Day at a Time was awarded the Innovation Award on the 2012 TV Land Award show on April 29. Accepting the award were Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr., Richard Masur, Mackenzie Phillips, and Glenn Scarpelli.

DVD release[edit]

On April 24, 2007, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first season of One Day at a Time on DVD in Region 1. It is unknown if the remaining eight seasons will be released at some point.

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