"Empty Nest" is set in Miami and tells of the day to day misadventures of a widowed pediatrician, Harry Weston, and his two adult daughters, Barbara and Carol Weston, who have come back to ... See full summary »
After years of experiencing the rat race of Los Angeles, George Apple, his wife Barbara and their four children move back to George's hometown of Appleton, Iowa, where adjusting to a new culture, new climate, new friends and a new pace are not as easy as they thought it would be. Written by
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I have to admit I only remember little bits and pieces of the show, but they do stand out, and in reading the other comments about the show it is really coming back to mind. I remember that it came on right after "The Wonderful World of Disney" in our area and in those day (being raised by my grandparents) there was only the one TV in our house and you had to watch what everybody else was watching and I remember that show really hitting home. I can sort of remember the entry into the show was something with this house and there was this big huge tree in front of it and then it panned around to the house and the family running out the door out to a picnic table and sitting down to dig into a meal.
I have tried to remember the name of the show for many years as that part of the show has stood out and I remembered it came on after Disney and no one I would ever talk to about it could/or did remember it. I have felt like I was the only one in the world that had ever seen it and then a couple months ago I was talking about it again with some new people at my work and one of them blurted out the name and she said that she loved the show because she was in love with the father in the show.
I think that what initially started me search for the name the past couple of years is that there was this show a couple years back about this family that lived in Florida and they took care of this zoo and it seemed that it reminded me of "Apple's Way". Now, I can't remember the name of that show either, but I remember one of the teen characters was not wanting to participate in caring and taking care of the family zoo and he wanted to play guitar and sing in a band. He is a pretty well known actor - a girls heart-throb. I think his last name is Mathisen or something like that.
Anyway, that show, for some odd reason started me thinking about "Apple's Way" again and now I really wish that I had known that it had played on TVLand. I do understand that a lot of shows from that era don't seem like they were when we originally watched them, but there must have been a reason that they touched our hearts then or we watched them (like a love interest), so we shouldn't be so quick to downplay them now. Example- one of my favorite all-time shows from when I was that age was Land of the Lost. I loved the Sleestacks, so I just recently ran across the first season on DVD and bought it and watching it now makes me wonder why I ever did as the graphics and special effects looks as if a 2 year old did it, and I almost turned it off, but then I kept watching it and I started getting into it again and pretty soon the bad filming wasn't being paid attention to, but rather the lives of the characters and them trying to save themselves and find their way back to the real world. I would love to have a chance to see "Apple's Way" again, and if anyone knows of a way that I can accomplish that, please get a hold of me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening....
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