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Complete series cast summary:
 Ann Romano / ... (208 episodes, 1975-1984)
 Barbara Cooper / ... (208 episodes, 1975-1984)
 Dwayne F. Schneider / ... (203 episodes, 1975-1984)
 Julie Cooper / ... (123 episodes, 1975-1983)


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 Kate Tripper

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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)



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16 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Au fil des jours  »

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Did You Know?


This show was actually written as a star vehicle for Whitney Blake and her daughter Meredith Baxter (Birney), about Blake's own real life experiences raising her daughter. The show idea was originally shopped around to all the networks back in the sixties, but stayed in development turnaround forever until Norman Lear finally bought it in 1974, at which point Blake and daughter were both too old to play the parts. Meredith Baxter Birney has said in interviews how hurt and betrayed she and her mom felt when the show, which was supposed to be their star vehicle, was bought by Norman Lear and cast with other actors. See more »


Julie Cooper Horvath: She's one of the most independent women I've ever met.
Ann Romano Royer: She's not independent, she one of the most dependent women I've ever seen.
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Great show at the beginning - got old when the daughters did
30 December 2000 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorites except for the last couple of seasons. The early years were great, funny, insightful, and pretty original. Ann dealt with some pretty heavy problems with her kids, found work she liked, and became an old pro at the dating game. It was neat to watch the character mature along with her daughters.

However, like a lot of shows with children/teenagers, they had to come up with a way to keep things going after the kids had grown too old for the story lines. In this case, they brought in a little boy with a pretty contrived plot line to be the new "son". It didn't work well.

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