A greasy-spoon diner in Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this long-running series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, is an aspiring singer who arrives in Phoenix with her teenaged son, ... See full summary »
Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »
Lara Jill Miller,
This sitcom follows recently divorced mother (Ann Romano) and her two teenage daughters (Barbara and Julie) as they start a new life together in Indianapolis, They are befriended by the building superintendent (Dwayne Schneider), who treats them like family. Together, these four main characters face life's challenges together. Written by
A mother who's trying to double as father. Two headstrong daughters. A series of the world's least likely (and most amorous) men. The result is a bubbling mixture of small chuckles and big laughs that just won't quit. (season 1) See more »
There was a "Boom Boom" Turner on this show, a friend of Schneider, and a "Boom Boom" Turner on All in the Family (1971), a co-worker of Archie. It's implied that they're both voluptuous middle-aged women, and this could qualify as a crossover character for the two shows. Although we never see "Boom Boom" on this show, Gloria Leroy, who played her on All in the Family (1971), also appeared as another character on this show, another voluptuous middle-aged woman, who is a friend of Schneider. See more »
The family supposedly moves from Logansport,Indiana to Indianapolis at the beginning of the series.
However, the area where they are shown departing is clearly not "Logansport" which is a small city of roughly 20k located in the north-central portion of the state. No major interstates run in or near Logansport and the city is surround by farmland and some low rolling hills. See more »
On Bonnie Franklin....A new Perspective on One Day At A Time
It saddens me to see how many people think that Ann Romano, played by Bonnie Franklin was such a poor actress. It may well had been Norman Lears intentions to hire a "nobody". Maybe he figured that she brought something human and real to the show that few other actresses could have. A drive to be what the show needed a strong unknown to pull off the dramatic of being a "real life" mom who was doing what women across the nation were doing by 1975 leaving their husbands and finding a better life for themselves and their kids.She made that show work and made it believable. I'm sure everyone who watches the show can think of at least one kid with a mom who was "just like her"!!
I thought Ms. Franklin did an exemplary job by the way as the head of the Romano/Cooper/Royer household, and how she handled her rambunctious daughters Julie and Barbara played by Phillips and Bertinelli. Another example of her craft was the way that she portrayed how "so" many of our mothers overreacted and spun around like a crazy top when we angered them. How many slammed their fists purple because we caused them so much grief...and her little catchphrase "oh my god" wasn't all that bad considering what "most" of our 70's/80's mothers said, which was usually "much" worse and with less restraint on the severity of the tongue lashing. She also made light of her failings as well such as "depression" and just being a grown-up and a human...and how no matter how hard you try...you can and will make mistakes. And like real life mothers she did, she was forthright enough in her acting abilities to make you believe that it was real.
She (Franklin) became a kind of power behind the throne and nothing really was done on the show without her tacit approval. She was noted as being responsible for the dismissal of a "filler actress" who played the Ginny Wroblicki character, due to her interference and upstaging of Ms. Romano (Franklin).
It saddened most viewers that she chose to leave the series after 1983 to pursue "other" interests, but she and Bertinelli were tired and wanted to do other things...and the show had really lost half it's steam by the last season. But by no means was she a bad actress or even a poor one...who would you have chosen?
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