Apple's Way

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Apple's Way
Ronny Cox Lee McCain Malcolm Atterbury Apples Way 1974.JPG
Ronny Cox, Lee McCain and Malcolm Atterbury share a laugh in this 1974 episode.
Created byEarl Hamner Jr.
StarringRonny Cox
Frances Lee McCain
Vince Van Patten
Malcolm Atterbury
Kristy McNichol
Patti Cohoon
Eric Olson
Frannie Michel
Composer(s)Morton Stevens
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes28
Executive producer(s)Lee Rich
Earl Hamner
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Lorimar Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 10, 1974 (1974-02-10) –
January 12, 1975 (1975-01-12)

Apple's Way is an American drama television series which aired Sundays at 7:30 pm (EST) on CBS from 1974 to 1975. It was created by Earl Hamner Jr.


The Apples, a family from Los Angeles, seek refuge from the hectic pace of city living and relocate to the father's hometown of Appleton, Iowa, which was founded by the father's ancestors. The Apples included George, an architect who relocated from Los Angeles, his wife, Barbara; their children, Paul, Cathy, Steven and Patricia; and their grandfather Aldon. There they had to adjust to a different culture, a different climate, and the slower pace of life. The family lived in a working grist mill, which served as a backdrop for the situations played out on screen. While meaning well, George would often increase his family's tensions by getting involved with various causes.

The series did not gain the ratings CBS had hoped for, partly because it had to compete with NBC's long-running Top 20 hit The Wonderful World of Disney. The concept was "re-booted" in the second season to focus on plots that dealt more with general social issues (such as freedom of speech, drug use, terminal illness, gun control) as opposed to the more rural-specific plots of the first season. The second season was produced by successful veteran producer-writer John Furia Jr. Furia hired Worley Thorne as story editor. The series was canceled during its second season.


Episode list[edit]

Season 1: 1974[edit]

  • "The Tree" / 1974-02-10
  • "The Musician" / 1974-02-17
  • "The Zoo" / 1974-02-24
  • "The Teacher" / 1974-03-03
  • "The Miller" / 1974-03-10
  • "The Coach" / 1974-03-24
  • "The Witness" / 1974-03-31
  • "The Temptation" / 1974-04-07
  • "The Applicant" / 1974-04-21
  • "The Pen Pal" / 1974-04-28
  • "The Accident" / 1974-05-05
  • "The Fair" / 1974-05-12
  • "The Lamb" / 1974-05-19

Season 2: 1974–75[edit]

  • "The Tornado" / 1974-09-15
  • "The Circus" / 1974-09-22
  • "The Friend" / 1974-09-29
  • "The Returning" / 1974-10-06
  • "The First Love" / 1974-10-13
  • "The Engagement" / 1974-10-20
  • "The Candy Drive" / 1974-10-27
  • "The Winning Season" / 1974-11-10
  • "The Flag" / 1974-11-17
  • "The Real Thanksgiving" / 1974-11-24
  • "The Apprentice" / 1974-12-01
  • "The Outsider" / 1974-12-15
  • "The Christmas Party" / 1974-12-22
  • "The Outing" / 1975-01-05
  • "The Price" / 1975-01-12


Both TV Land and AmericanLife TV have aired the series in reruns in the late 1990s and early 2000.

Two decades after this series left the air, actors Ronny Cox and Frances Lee McCain were reunited in the short lived 1993–1994 television prime time soap Second Chances.

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