28 March 2008 | raysond
One of the great successful sitcoms of the 1970's that broke ground in television
"One Day At A Time" is one of those great shows that came out of the 1970's that showed how far women had come in terms of equality. This was the first sitcom to show a divorced woman who moves to Indianapolis,Indiana with her two daughters to start a new life for themselves. Created by Whitney Blake along with her husband Allan Manings and executive producer Norman Lear,this was one the CBS-TV network's successful shows that had a strong running staying power of nine seasons producing 209 episodes from the groundbreaking premiere episode on December 16,1975 to the final episode of the series on May 28,1984. This was a sitcom that broke the mold in television history and it came out during the status of the women's movement and not to mention the first series to deal with divorce and more importantly its effect on the children. More important,the show was revolutionary in taking on subjects head on and dealing with those situations which basically all or some were solved within a half-hour. "One Day At A Time" is right up there with the other Norman Lear classics and like those other shows it took on relevant issues head on which was something from the likes nobody wouldn't expect when the series premiered in 1975. And it did this in grand style where a single woman can have a career,raise a family without the support of any man and can raise awareness concerning those issues affecting other women and her surrounding community. Revolutionary for its time when it premiered in late 1975 from Norman Lear,the man who brought us "All In The Family","Maude","Sanford and Son","Good Times",and "The Jeffersons".
Bonnie Franklin played the red-haired divorcée Ann Romano who was the mother of two hysterical teenage daughters;the oldest daughter Julie (Mackenzie Phillips),and the youngest Barbara(Valerie Bertinelli). The apartment handyman,Schneider(Pat Harrington,Jr.)was also somewhat of a protector and sometime mentor of Ann and her girls and came to help out in times of troubles or crisis. Nanette Fabray played her mother,and Richard Masur played Ann's boyfriend after her divorce. Mary Louise-Wilson was the feisty sex symbol and Ann's next door neighbor Ginny Wrobilcki.Overall this was a groundbreaking series that not only focus on divorce,but teen issues,drug abuse,alcoholism,the dangers of unprotected sex,rape,teen pregnancy,spousal abuse,and emotional problems.One episode dealt with the oldest daughter messing around with a junkie which was an episode(and a very good one I might add)that went toe to toe with the dangers of drugs and not to mention suicide where Ann risked her life to save her daughter from a neighborhood drug pusher in the community,which was Julie's total loser of a boyfriend.
When the show premiered during the 1975-1976 season,CBS aired it on Tuesday nights opposite the mini-series "Rich Man-Poor Man"(on ABC)and went up against the competition of Angie Dickinson's "Policewoman"(on NBC). However,"One Day At A Time" did very well in ratings during the first season which was on that Tuesday night line-up that CBS had which consisted of Tony Orlando's musical-variety show and M*A*S*H. During the 1979-1980 season,the network moved the show to its powerhouse Sunday night line-up which included "60 Minutes","All In The Family", "The Jeffersons","Alice",and the medical drama "Trapper John,MD". From there the show was in the top ten of the Nielsen until its final season during the 1983-1984 season,where it moved to Monday nights opposite "Newhart",and "M*A*S*H" where it ended its nine year run at CBS on May 28, 1984 after 209 episodes.