|Bonnie Franklin||Ann Romano|
A late entry in the 1975-76 season -- it joined CBS's Tuesday night schedule in December, after the ambitious period drama Beacon Hill got the boot -- One Day at a Time proved an enduring TV presence, running through the 1983-84 season, including eight seasons in TV's top 20 shows. Produced and developed by Norman Lear (All in the Family), One Day featured Bonnie Franklin as Ms. Ann Romano, a newly divorced woman who returns to her native Indianapolis with her two teenage daughters -- Julie (future tabloid hellion Mackenzie Phillips) and Barbara (future Van Halen bride Valerie Bertinelli) -- to start life anew. Building superintendent Dwayne Schneider (Pat Harrington Jr.), a Casanova with a pass key, provides comic relief, while baby-faced attorney David Kane (Richard Masur) tempts Ann to reconsider her single state. But Ann's priority is discovering her own potential and helping her daughters discover theirs. Keep an eye out this season for guest stars Suzanne Somers and Robbie Benson
The year is 1975. Ann Romano, a recent divorcee, and her two teenage daughters (MacKenzie Phillips as Julie, and Valerie Bertinelli as Barbara) move from their spacious home into a small apartment in Indianapolis, IN. The apartment super is Schneider, played by Pat Harrington, a lecherous married guy who attempts to date all the single females. Ann (Bonnie Franklin) has a boyfriend, and spends time looking for a good job. For this era, the divorced mom with kids was a new idea in TV. The girls have realistic problems (dating rules, money woes, etc.) and the divorced mom struggles to make wise decisions. There are lots of laughs (despite the "bad economy" jokes), and the clothing styles and pop culture references are fun to history buffs. A great way to show your kids what life was like in the 70s! Lots of entertainment! You will want to view them repeatedly.