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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
30 October 1980 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
This series featured a group of waitresses (and a pianist, Sonny) who work at a fancy restaurant at the top of a skyscraper. Full summary »
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Great casting! See more (10 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 50)
Gail Edwards ... Dot Higgins (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
Barrie Youngfellow ... Jan Hoffmeyer Gray / ... (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
Paul Kreppel ... Sonny Mann (120 episodes, 1980-1989)

Marian Mercer ... Nancy Beebe (120 episodes, 1980-1989)

Crystal Bernard ... Amy Tompkins (93 episodes, 1985-1989)
Richard Stahl ... Howard Miller (93 episodes, 1985-1989)

Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Ginger St. James (71 episodes, 1986-1989)

Ann Jillian ... Cassie Cranston (49 episodes, 1980-1986)
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Series Directed by
J.D. Lobue (40 episodes, 1985-1987)
Steve Zuckerman (15 episodes, 1987-1989)
Joel Zwick (10 episodes, 1980-1981)
John Bowab (10 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jay Sandrich (7 episodes, 1980-1985)
Gil Junger (7 episodes, 1987-1989)
Gary Brown (7 episodes, 1987)
Paul Kreppel (6 episodes, 1987-1989)
Bob Sweeney (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Christine Ballard (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Doug Smart (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Neema Barnette (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Marc Sotkin (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Writing credits
Dick Clair (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
Jenna McMahon (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
Stu Silver (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
Marc Sotkin (27 episodes, 1985-1989)
Tom Whedon (27 episodes, 1985-1989)
Roger Garrett (21 episodes, 1986-1989)
Sheldon Bull (10 episodes, 1980-1985)
Greg Antonacci (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Andrew Guerdat (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Steve Kreinberg (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Wally Dalton (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Shelley Zellman (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Gloria Banta (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Deborah Leschin (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Barbara Benedek (3 episodes, 1981)
Gene Braunstein (3 episodes, 1986-1988)
Bob Perlow (3 episodes, 1986-1988)
Barry Bleach (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Kenny Wolin (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alicia Marie Schudt (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Series Produced by
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer / producer (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
Tony Thomas .... executive producer / producer (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
David Auerbach .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1980-1982)
Greg Antonacci .... producer (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Gloria Banta .... producer (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Deborah Leschin .... co-producer (2 episodes, 1981-1982)

Tom Whedon .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
George Aliceson Tipton (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
 
Series Cinematography by
Richard Hissong (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Skip Collector (73 episodes, 1985-1988)
Geoff Browne (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bob Shafer (2 episodes, 1981-1982)

Brent Carpenter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Rhonda Young (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Production Design by
Edward Stephenson (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
 
Series Art Direction by
Garvin Eddy (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Makeup Department
Dale Miller .... personal hair stylist: Ann Jillian / key hair stylist / ... (97 episodes, 1980-1989)
Joyce Conroy .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Ray Steele .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jerry Cash .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Production Management
Steve Auer .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Gil Junger .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Skip Collector .... associate director (20 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ellen Gittelsohn .... associate director (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Sound Department
Douglas Shamburger .... sound utility (13 episodes, 1981-1986)
Rich Jacob .... audio (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Allen Patapoff .... recording / rerecording / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ritch Kenney .... camera operator (71 episodes, 1985-1989)
Tom Faigh .... camera operator (15 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jan Lowry .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
D.J. Diomedes .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Mark Buxbaum .... lighting (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bill Scott .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Carol Wetovich .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1981-1982)

Dave Heckman .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
George Palmer .... video engineer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Taylor .... costumer (2 episodes, 1981-1982)

Marlene Hajdu .... on-set costumer (unknown episodes)
Julie Rhine .... costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Larry Mazzeo .... post-production coordinator (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Carol Collier .... post-production coordinator (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Howard Murray .... editorial supervisor (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Music Department
George Aliceson Tipton .... composer: theme music (120 episodes, 1980-1989)
Leslie Bricusse .... lyricist: theme music / lyrics: theme music (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Scott Gale .... music coordinator (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Other crew
Carl Lauten .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Sue Snyder .... post production executive / production secretary (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Sheldon Bull .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Fred D'Aguilar .... technical director (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Laurie Gilbert .... production associate (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Susan Palladino .... assistant to executive producer / production secretary (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Barbara Benedek .... story editor (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Tom Carpenter .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
David F. Chen .... technical manager (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Helen Claire .... production staff (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Adria Horton .... production staff (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Vicki S. Horwitz .... production staff (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
T.J. Johnston .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Colleen Minahan .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Linda C. Valles .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1981)

George Palmer .... video (unknown episodes)
Deborah Scarborough .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)
Harry Waterson .... production executive (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Making a Living" - USA (second season title)
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Runtime:
30 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great casting!, 25 May 2006
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

This show had great casting with actors like Paul Kreppel who play Sonny in both series, Marian Mercer, Barrie Youngfellow, the beautiful Ann Jillian, Gail Edwards, Wendy Schall, and Louise Lasser from the Woody Allen films. The show took place in the evening at a posh restaurant in an Los Angeles skyscraper. For a thirty minutes show that aired first in prime time television and later in syndication, it was a memorable and decent show to watch. But it didn't get enough viewers or whatever the reason and was canceled on network television but later resurfaced to syndication which did very well on Saturday afternoon television. I have to say that I always watched it on television during my youth and never understood the networks which canceled fare and attractive television programming in favor of something better or most cases it was worse than expected.

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