The Best of Everything (TV series)

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The Best of Everything
Starring Geraldine Fitzgerald
Gale Sondergaard
Patty McCormack
Theme music composer James Lipton
Laurence Rosenthal
Opening theme Performed by Connie Eaton
Composer(s) Mario Litwin
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 126
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
FMC Productions
Original channel ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release March 30, 1970 (1970-03-30) – September 25, 1970 (1970-09-25)

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.


Production notes[edit]

The soap opera premiered on March 30, 1970, at 12 Noon Eastern time. The Best of Everything replaced reruns of Bewitched and premiered alongside A World Apart on ABC.[1]

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. 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).

Broadcast history/ratings[edit]

Of the 19 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.

The main reason for Best's failure was its time slot at 12 Noon/11 a.m. Central, in which it competed against the original run of Jeopardy! on NBC, then at the height of its daytime popularity.

1969-1970 Season


  1. ^ "Bing And Bill Top TV Slate" by Jack Gaver, The Sandusky Register, March 27, 1970, p.22

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