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One Day at a Time (TV Series 1975–1984) Poster

(1975–1984)

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After being denied a pay raise, Pat Harrington Jr. temporarily left the show. One month later, producers realized Schneider's importance, agreed to give Harrington raise, and brought him back.
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The premise for this show (a family led by a single working mom) was inspired by actress/writer/single mom Whitney Blake. One of Blake's children, Meredith Baxter, would go on to play a sitcom mom on Family Ties (1982).
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According to the book "Archie and Edith, Mike and Gloria: The tumultuous history of All In The Family", the episode All in the Family: Edith's 50th Birthday: Part 1 (1977), where Edith was held prisoner in her home and tormented by a would-be rapist, was originally intended to be an episode of One Day At A Time, with Ann Romano as the victim.
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The set used as the travel agency Barbara and Max worked in during the final season was later used as Al Bundy's shoe store on 'Married With Children (1988)'. In a couple of episodes of ODAAT, you can even see the "New Market Mall" sign outside the windows of the travel agency.
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Lyrics for the show's theme song: This is it; this is it. / This is life, the one you get, / so go and have a ball! / This is it; this is it, / straight ahead, and rest assured, / you can't be sure at all. / So, while you're here, enjoy the view; / keep on doing what you do. / Hold on tight; we'll muddle through, / one day at a time, one day at a time! / So, up on your feet; up on your feet; / somewhere there's music playing. / Don't you worry none, / just take it like it comes, / one day at a time, one day at a time, / one day at a time, one day at a time, / one day at a time, one day at a time, / one day at a time!
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This show was taped in front of a live audience. When they were done filming an episode, Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton would come on stage and sing the theme song from All in the Family (1971) at the piano before presenting an All in the Family (1971) episode to record the audience's responses for that episode's laugh track. (See also 'All in the Family' trivia.)
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Representatives for Mackenzie Phillips and Bonnie Franklin squabbled with producers over who should get top billing.
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Bonnie Franklin nearly quit after 15 episodes, because she was not pleased with the show's direction. She agreed to stay after being allowed more creative input into the series.
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Schneider was married in the first show, but his wife was never again referred to in the show.
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In the original pilot, Ann (Bonnie Franklin) had only one daughter (Mackenzie Phillips) After executives frowned, it was re-shot with Valerie Bertinelli added as the second daughter.
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In the middle of the 1979-1980 season, Julie married Max and moved to Houston. The reason, for this writing is because in reality, Phillips was fired from the show after failing, a drug test and went to rehab.
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When Mackenzie Phillips left the show the second time around, her character Julie was written out by first going away for training for her job and then having her leave Max and their daughter Annie. Phillips left the series due to documented substance abuse problems.
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Originally there were plans to spin Schneider off onto his own show after the series went off the air, but those plans never came to fruition.
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Bonnie Franklin, resented Glenn Scarpelli's performance because, he had more laughs than her. Finally, Scarpelli's character decided to go to college, and that lead to his departure.
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Ginny Wrobliki eventually left the series without a trace or any explanation.Apparently Bonnie Franklin felt upstaged by Mary Louise Wilson,causing critical rivalry between the two actresses.
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The name of the public relations firm that Ann (Bonnie Franklin) worked for was Connors and Davenport.
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After season nine, the network wanted to renew the series for two more years, but Bonnie Franklin decided that nine seasons was enough.
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