The Apple family adjusts to life in a small Iowa town.






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Complete series cast summary:
...  George Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
...  Barbara Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
...  Grandfather Aldon 28 episodes, 1974-1975
...  Paul Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Patti Cohoon-Friedman ...  Cathy Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Eric Olson ...  Steven Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
...  Patricia Apple / ... 16 episodes, 1974-1975
Frannie Michel ...  Patricia Apple 13 episodes, 1974


After years of experiencing the rat race of Los Angeles, George Apple, his wife Barbara and their four children move back to George's hometown of Appleton, Iowa, where adjusting to a new culture, new climate, new friends and a new pace are not as easy as they thought it would be. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Drama | Family





Release Date:

10 February 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La maravillosa familia Apple  »

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(24 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Rhoda: Good-Bye Charlie (1974) See more »

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Insipid...and unintentionally hilarious
24 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I remember well the evenings back in '74 when my family and I would gather round the television to watch Apple's Way…because it was so riotously awful. I've never laughed harder than we did while "riffing" on this show in the style later perfected by MST3K.

I remember the teenage son's wildly improbable "first kiss" with a roughly 30-year-old Farah Fawcett, during which a duck squawked in the background like somebody was beating it with a baseball bat. I remember the "terrifying thunderstorm" that looked like somebody spraying a garden hose on a car windshield while passersby sunbathed in the California sun in the background. I remember when the family had to "live off the land" on a camping trip, roasting cattails like hot dogs over an open fire. (As natural foods expert Ewell Gibbons used to say about cattails back in those days, "many parts are edible"…just not the parts they were roasting.) It was insipid, clichéd and ridiculous.

On the other hand, Apple's Way was a show meant to bring the family together and nothing brought our family together like sitting down to make fun of this train-wreck.

I'd love to see it again!

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