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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?


The Ginny Wroblicki character was actually played by two actresses. She was played by Mary Louise Wilson for one season. And she was also played by Norman Lear and Tandem Productions alumn Marcia Rodd in one of the filmed pilots. The Wroblicki character was eventually taken out of the pilot because it was deemed she was unnecessary and drew attention away from Bonnie Franklin. She was brought back in during the 1977 season to fill the void left by the departure of the David Kane character, only to vanish again at the end of the season because of reported conflicts between Wilson and Bonnie Franklin. See more »


[Urging Barbara not to lose her virginity]
Duane Schneider: Always remember, and please never forget: A man is like a bow-and-arrow, and a woman is like a target. Bow-and-arrow needs practice. Target doesn't.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Michael Keaton/Morrissey (1992) See more »

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One Day a Time!
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show was a revolutionary in the women's movement. Bonnie Franklin played red head divorcée and mother of two teenage daughters who moves from Loganport, Indiana to the big city of Indianapolis. Her daughters are played by the wonderful, Valerie Bertinelli, and Mackenzie Phillips. They played Barbara and Julie. Remember Schneider who frequented the apartment as the building handyman. Nan Fabray who played Ann's mother. I loved Richard Masur as Ann's first boyfriend after her divorce. I thought he should have stayed on but it wouldn't work if Ann remarried so soon after the divorce papers were inked. I remember Shelley Fabares on the show as one of her co-workers as well as Mary Louise Wilson as a cocktail waitress neighbor. It was one of the few shows that I could recall was set in Indianapolis. I thought the show was well-written most of the time and the acting was worthy of the Emmys it received. They don't make shows like this. I remember the apartment layout most of all. Despite Phillips' substance problems, Valerie was truly a star in the making. The show grew and evolved and was well-loved by its audience.

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