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One Day at a Time

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One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time-Logo.jpg
Premiere December 16, 1975
Finale May 28, 1984
Creator created by:
Whitney Blake & Allan Manings
developed by:
Norman Lear
Network CBS
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company TAT Communications Company(seasons 1-7)
Embassy Television (seasons 8-9)
Seasons 9
Episodes 209
Origin USA

One Day at a Time is a sitcom that aired on CBS.

Ann Romano was a young divorcee, having split from her husband and taking her two daughters--fiercely independent and rebellious Julie and sweet but wise Barbara--with her to Indianapolis. They take in an apartment whose superintendent, Dwayne Schneider, is a self-proclaimed ladies man and comes and goes into the family's apartment as he pleases.

The main premise of the show is that Ann tries to prove she can raise two teenage daughters on her own, although she does see a suitor, lawyer David Kane, during the first season. There are moments of drama to offset the comedy, such as when Julie ran away with her boyfriend. Another instance had Barbara trying to act older than she is by making everyone think she was on "the pill." The charade nearly works too well when her boyfriend tries to score from third (to coin a metaphor). Other issues deal with sexual harrassment, infidelity and pre-marital sex.

Mackenzie Phillips left the show in 1979 to undergo rehab for cocaine abuse, so her character was written out as having been married. She would return the next season, in which Barbara would get married. In 1980, Ann starts a romance with her freelance business partner Nick Handris. Nick is killed by a drunk driver, so Ann takes on the task of raising Alex, Nick's teenage son.

At the series finale in 1984, Ann and her new husband Sam (the divorced dad of Barbara's husband) move to London, and Schneider relocates to Florida to tend to his orphaned niece and nephew.



Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
Bonnie Franklin Ann Romano Royer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Mackenzie Phillips Julie Cooper Horvath 1 2 3 4 5 7 8
Valerie Bertinelli Barbara Cooper Royer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pat Harrington Dwayne Schneider 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Richard Masur David Kane 1
Mary Louise Wilson Ginny Wrobliki 2
Michael Lembeck Max Horvath 5 6 7 8 9
Ron Rifkin Nick Handris 6
Glenn Scarpelli Alex Handris 6 7 8
Shelley Fabares Francine Webster 7 8 9
Boyd Gaines Mark Royer 7 8 9
Howard Hesseman Sam Royer 8 9
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Nanette Fabray Katherine Romano 5 6 7 8 9


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One December 16, 1975 March 30, 1976 15
Season Two September 28, 1976 March 22, 1977 24
Season Three September 27, 1977 April 3, 1978 24
Season Four September 18, 1978 April 15, 1979 26
Season Five September 30, 1979 April 13, 1980 26
Season Six November 9, 1980 May 10, 1981 21
Season Seven October 11, 1981 May 16, 1982 25
Season Eight September 26, 1982 May 23, 1983 26
Season Nine October 2, 1983 May 28, 1984 22


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season April 24, 2007 2

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