The Best of Everything (TV series)
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|The Best of Everything|
|Theme music composer||James Lipton
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||126|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||20th Century Fox Television
|Original release||March 30– 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 Rona Jaffe's 1958 novel The Best of Everything and the 1959 film of the same name.
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 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 mysterious villain named Squirrel. The series also revolved around Barbara, who had become depressed since her marriage failed.
The series was executive produced by creator/headwriter James Lipton. Jacqueline Babbin was the producer. The production company was 20th Century Fox Television in association with the ABC Television Network. The Best of Everything was videotaped at ABC-TV Studio 17 in New York City.
The series' opening and closing credits used a video shot of sea gulls in flight over New York Harbor. Nashville artist Connie Eaton recorded a version of the series' instrumental theme, using lyrics which she sang on an episode telecast near the end of the program's network run. The single was released in 1970 by the Chart label. Both the theme song's melody and lyrics were composed by headwriter James Lipton.
- 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
- Ginnie Curtis as Gwenn Mitchell
- Gregory Rozakis as Squirrel
- Victor Arnold as Ed Peronne
- Barry Ford as Ken Lamont
- Stephen Grover as Johnny Lamont
- M'el Dowd as Kate Farrow
- Ted LePlat as Randy Wilson
- Diane Kagan as Anne Carter
- James Davidson as Dexter Key
- Bonnie Bee Buzzard as Joanna Key
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 the bottom of the Nielsens. One 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, and was not cleared by many affiliate stations running local newscasts in the time slot.
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