If you were around in the 1970s and 1980s, you probably remember watching “One Day At a Time,” the TV series about a mom and her two daughters who move to Indianapolis in search of a new life.
I was 15 when the series premiered and watched it all the way through the end, at which point I was 24. I think the series really hit home for me because I was going through some of the same things that the teenaged daughters were going through. And being in Michigan, I was in the same Midwest vicinity as they were.
The story follows single mom Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin), a spunky, independent woman who transplants herself and her two daughters – rebellious Julie (Mackenzie Phillips) and smart aleck Barbara (Valerie Bertinelli) – to Indianapolis in search of a new life. They move into an apartment building and become friends wtih quirky Schneider (Pat Harrington), the intrusive but well-meaning building superintendent who keeps an eye on the family.
It’s a great story about these women who muddle through life, love and laughs as they discover their own potential. What I love about the series is that while it touches on plenty of dramatic moments and topical issues, it’s also really funny – the kind of show that draws people in and gives them something to think about.
It’s classic Norman Lear fare, the TV legend behind other hit shows like “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” Remember the famous “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” performance, with Barbara as Elton John and Julie as Kiki Dee? Perfection. And who can forget that catchy “This Is It” theme song?!
There was plenty of drama behind the scenes, too, as Mackenzie Phillips (daughter ‘The Mamas and the Papas’ band member John Phillips and Susan Adams – plenty of family dysfunction there) exited the series, then came back, then left again, along with other cast members coming and going.
Thanks to Shout! Factory for releasing this fantastic set that includes all nine seasons of this groundbreaking show (it won three Golden Globe awards), a staple in CBS’ Sunday night comedy lineup. Though it’s been 42 years (ack!) since the show premiered, it still holds up in today’s world and even got a remake on Netflix this year.
‘ONE DAY AT A TIME’ BONUS FEATURES:
- NEW Interview With Mackenzie Phillips And Glenn Scarpelli
- One Day At A Time Reunion
- This Is It: The Story Of One Day At A Time
- DISCS: 27
- RUN-TIME: 85.5 hrs
- ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1
- COLOR: Color
- LANGUAGE: English
- REGION: 1
- RATING: Not Rated
- PRODUCTION DATE: 1975-1984
- CLOSED-CAPTIONED: Yes
- SUBTITLES: None