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Apple's Way 

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


Earl Hamner Jr.




2   1  
1975   1974  


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Complete series cast summary:
Ronny Cox ...  George Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Frances Lee McCain ...  Barbara Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Malcolm Atterbury ...  Grandfather Aldon 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Vincent Van Patten ...  Paul Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Patti Cohoon-Friedman Patti Cohoon-Friedman ...  Cathy Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Eric Olson Eric Olson ...  Steven Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Kristy McNichol ...  Patricia Apple / ... 16 episodes, 1974-1975
Frannie Michel 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 <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Release Date:

10 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La maravillosa familia Apple See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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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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Regarding rcj5365's July 2005 review ...
22 February 2012 | by herbie10See all my reviews

Some interesting recollections about APPLE'S WAY. One comment: Regarding the Sunday-night "deathslot" for this program … as APPLE'S WAY aired on CBS, it would not have been "clobbered" by 60 MINUTES, if only because 60 MINUTES was also a CBS program. Also—per Alex McNeil's TOTAL TELEVISION book (second edition, 1984)—60 MINUTES became a regular Sunday-at-7 p.m. show starting in the fall of 1975, a year _after_ APPLE'S WAY launched (60 MINUTES had various time slots before fall 1975). As for the show itself, I have vague recollections of watching the first few episodes. My family were fans of THE WALTONS, and no doubt that's why we gave APPLE'S WAY a look. But, also no doubt, APPLE'S WAY suffered in our home—and in many others—from airing opposite hour two of THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF Disney on NBC. For what it's worth.

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