The Best of Everything (TV series)
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|The Best of Everything|
|Theme music composer||James Lipton
|Opening theme||Performed by Connie Eaton|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||126|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||20th Century Fox Television
|Original run||March 30, 1970– September 25, 1970|
The Best of Everything is an American daytime soap opera which aired on ABC from March 30, 1970 to September 25, 1970. The series was a spin-off of the 1959 film of the same name and the novel that spawned it.
The show focuses upon four young secretaries and their lives in an intense publishing firm: Linda, April, Kim, and Barbara. They were tormented by their ruthless head of editor, Amanda Key, and counseled by the warm and loving Violet Jordan. Although the soap opera was short-lived, there were several plotlines, including Kim being brutally attacked by a man who turned out to be Squirrel. The series also revolved around Barbara, who had become depressed since her marriage failed.
- Geraldine Fitzgerald as Violet Jordan
- Gale Sondergaard as Amanda Key
- Patty McCormack as Linda Warren
- Julie Mannix as April Morrison #1
- Susan Sullivan as April Morrison #2
- Katherine Glass as Kim Jordan
- Rochelle Oliver as Barbara Lamont
- Gwenn Mitchell as Ginnie Curtis
- Gregory Rozakis as Squirrel
The show's theme was performed by country musician Connie Eaton. Former director Don Wallace produced the show, and its headwriter was James Lipton. The production company was 20th-Century Fox Television in association with ABC-TV. The series was taped at ABC Studio 17 at 205 East 67th Street in Manhattan. The trio of Wallace, Lipton, and actress Kathy Glass later worked together on the serial Return to Peyton Place, another production from the same company (although Return to Peyton Place was taped in Hollywood).
Of the 18 soap operas aired in the 1969-1970 season, The Best of Everything did the weakest at the Nielsen ratings, coming in at bottom. It was the first time a soap opera came in this low, and it was the holder of this title until the 1982-1983 season, when The Doctors came in with a 1.6 at the time of its 1982 departure from the airwaves.
- 1. As The World Turns 13.6
- 2. The Edge of Night 10.8
- 3. Search for Tomorrow 10.0
- 18. The Best of Everything 1.8 (Debut)
- "Bing And Bill Top TV Slate" by Jack Gaver, The Sandusky Register, March 27, 1970, p.22