The highest-rated show ever to be cancelled. It ranked fifth in the ratings of all shows that season.
Despite excellent ratings (it was the highest-rated new show of the 1972-73 season) this show was cancelled after only one season. The "official" reason for its cancellation was that it was scheduled between two mega-hits, All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and its ratings weren't strong enough considering its choice position in the line-up. Even series star David Birney conceded that, "They probably could have run rat races in that time slot and people would've tuned in." (This idea was debunked in 1974 when "Paul Sands in Friends and Lovers" debut in that position and was cancelled after five shows.)
The idea of a Jew marrying a Catholic was highly controversial at the time. Reportedly, the show was cancelled because CBS executives were tired of the constant protests and hate mail.
Meredith Baxter Birney met her future husband David Birney on this show; a top ten hit which both of them starred in. In recent interviews Meredith Baxter Birney reveals that David Birney; was physically and mentally abusive to her during this period.
The premise for this show was an update of the 1922 play (and 1928 movie) called "Abie's Irish Rose", about a Jewish man (Abie) who marries an Irish Catholic girl (Rose). The plot of the play revolves around trying to hide the spouse's religion from the respective in-laws. The movie was remade in 1946.