One Day at a Time
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.
|Bonnie Franklin||Ann Romano Royer||*||*||*||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Mackenzie Phillips||Julie Cooper Horvath||*||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Valerie Bertinelli||Barbara Cooper Royer||*||*||*||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Pat Harrington||Dwayne Schneider||*||*||*||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Richard Masur||David Kane||*|
|Mary Louise Wilson||Ginny Wrobliki||*|
|Michael Lembeck||Max Horvath||*||*||*||*||*|
|Ron Rifkin||Nick Handris||*|
|Glenn Scarpelli||Alex Handris||*||*||*|
|Shelley Fabares||Francine Webster||*||*||*|
|Boyd Gaines||Mark Royer||*||*||*|
|Howard Hesseman||Sam Royer||*||*|
|Nanette Fabray||Katherine Romano||*||*||*||*||*|
|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|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|Season Sets (Region 1)|
|The Complete First Season||April 24, 2007||2|