One Day at a Time
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|One Day at a Time|
|Created by||Whitney Blake
|Developed by||Norman Lear|
|Directed by||Norman Campbell
Mary Louise Wilson
|Theme music composer||Jeff Barry
|Opening theme||"This Is It" performed by Polly Cutter|
|Ending theme||"This is It" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||209 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Dick Bensfield
Patricia Fass Palmer
|Running time||24 mins.|
|Production company(s)||T.A.T. Communications Company (1975–1982)
Embassy Television (1982–1984)
|Distributor||Columbia Pictures Television
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television (2002–)
|Original run||December 16, 1975– May 28, 1984|
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. 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. The earlier seasons in particular featured several multi-part episodes, serious topics, and dramatic moments. As in other Lear shows of the era, the show was shot on videotaped in front of a live audience, giving it a sense of immediacy, and close-ups were often employed during dramatic scenes. As the social climate changed in the 1980s, the show's writing became less edgy, and as the girls became adults, the innovation of the original premise—a divorced mother raising teenage children—was lost. The show's nine years give it the second-longest tenure of any Lear-developed sitcom under its original name, after The Jeffersons. (All in the Family and its continuation series Archie Bunker's Place had a combined 13-year run, but only eight of those years were under the show's original name.)
Franklin's character, Ann Romano, is often incorrectly cited as network television's first female divorcee as a regular series character. Vivian Vance's character Vivian Bagley on The Lucy Show (1962–1968) was in fact the first.
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.
|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|
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
- 1976-1977: #8
- 1977-1978: #10
- 1978-1979: #18
- 1979-1980: #10
- 1980-1981: #11
- 1981-1982: #10
- 1982-1983: #16
- 1983-1984: #47
Awards and nominations
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. 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. Valerie Bertinelli won Golden Globe awards in 1981 and 1982, for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
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.
One Day at a Time has not been syndicated nationally in the United States since the mid or late 90's.
In 2006, the show was available to some Comcast digital cable customers as part of Comcast's retro-themed "Tube Time" on-demand network.
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.
- Mike Celizic (February 26, 2008). "Cast of ‘One Day at a Time’ reunites on TODAY". msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- "Barbara's Crisis". TV.com. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Awards for "One Day at a Time"". IMDb. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
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