One in a Million (U.S. TV series)

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One In A Million
Genre Sitcom
Starring Shirley Hemphill
Keene Curtis
Carl Ballantine
Mel Stewart
Ann Weldon
Richard Paul
Dorothy Fielding
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Saul Turteltaub
Bernie Orenstein
Sid Dorfman
Arnold Kane
Running time 30 Minutes
Original network ABC
Original release January 8 – June 23, 1980

One In A Million is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC for one season in 1980. The show was developed as a starring vehicle for comedian Shirley Hemphill after the success of What's Happening!! (1976–79) in which she played a supporting role.[1] The show was not a success and was cancelled after just 13 episodes. The series was broadcast on Saturdays at 8 p.m Eastern time.

The series centers around Shirley Simmons (Hemphill), a sharp-tongued taxicab driver who inherits controlling interest in the multimillion-dollar conglomerate Grayson Enterprises at the death of its founder, Jonathan Grayson, one of Shirley's regular fares. Gleefully assuming her position as CEO, she declares war on 'pompous stuffed shirts', especially company vice president Roland Cushing (Keene Curtis). She finds an ally in Nancy (Dorothy Fielding), Grayson's secretary. The series was set in New York City.

The cast included several well-known character actors including Richard Paul as Mr. Grayson's nephew and Carl Ballantine as the owner of Shirley's favorite deli.



1. Chairman of the Board
First broadcast: 1/8/1980

2. Executive Dad
First broadcast: 1/15/1980

3. Shirley's Prince of a Guy
First broadcast: 1/26/1980

4. On the Cuff
First broadcast: 2/2/1980

Guest star: Ellen Bry (Joanie)

5. Lost Weekend
First broadcast: 2/9/1980

6. Stone vs. Simmons
First broadcast: 2/16/1980

7. The Chairman Babysits
First broadcast: 2/23/1980

8. Suddenly Single
First broadcast: 3/1/1980

9. Cushing Quits
First broadcast: 3/8/1980

10. Max Falls in Love
First broadcast: 3/15/1980

11. Over the Hill
First broadcast: 3/22/1980

12. The Committee
First broadcast: 3/29/1980

13. The Italian Connection
First broadcast: 4/5/1980


  1. ^ "One in a Million (1980)". Retrieved May 15, 2015. 

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