Series / One Day at a Time (1975)

Classic sitcom that ran on CBS from 1975 to 1984, focusing on an Indiana woman and her two daughters moving to Indianapolis to begin life anew after a rocky divorce, and the trials they face adjusting to new life. Oh, and their Casanova Wannabe super named Schneider joins in the wacky adventures.

The show is probably best remembered nowadays for its Ear Worm theme song, a preponderance of Very Special Episodes, and the offscreen travails of cast member Mackenzie Phillips.

A remake of the series debuted in 2017 on Netflix.

This series has examples of:

  • Amicably Divorced: Ann and her ex for the most part.
  • And Starring: Valerie Bertinelli. First "as Barbara Cooper", and later "as Barbara Royer" after she marries Mark Royer in the eighth season premiere. This is after she got a "With" credit during the first two seasons.
  • Berserk Button: A comical one, Schneider does not like his middle name being mentioned.
  • Big "OMG!": Ann Romano turns it into a Catch-Phrase.
  • Bratty Teen Age Daughter: Julie whose antics were matched by Mackenzie Phillip's offscreen behaviour.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Most often, Schneider. But once in awhile, Ann, Julie and Barbara were targeted. For instance:
    • The 1980 episode "Endless Elliot" sees Barbara harassed by a fellow high school student. Watch the episode today, it's a reflection of how times have changed; these days, he'd be charged with stalking and given a restraining order, but in the late 1970s and early 1980s (long before awareness of stalking was even a thought), the girls and Schneider merely come up with a Zany Scheme to get him to go away.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Schneider.
  • The Couch
  • Cousin Oliver: Alex, when Barbara grew up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Barbara
  • Drop-In Character: As the super, Schneider could, and did, let himself in and hit on Ann anytime he felt like it. After a couple of seasons, the ladies started taking this in stride, because Schneider was all talk.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Dwayne Florenz Schneider.
  • Fiery Red Head: Ann.
  • Handyman: Schneider, who behind his Casanova Wannabe exterior is a good friend to Ann and her daughters.
  • Hey, Let's Put on a Show: The first time it was to save their building; later it continued happening for murkier reasons.
  • Indianapolis
  • Landlord: Schneider
  • Multi-Part Episode: The show practically lived on this trope, to the point where single-part episodes began to feel rare.
  • No Indoor Voice: Ann in particular, but everyone else too. This has to be one of the loudest sitcoms ever.
  • Odd Name Out: In "Ave Romano", when announcing to Max, Barbara and Mark that a man claiming to be a relative of her late husband Michael is coming to visit, Grandma Romano notes that Michael had three brothers, Arturo, Fabrizio... and Bob. Max indirectly lampshades this when iterating all three names.
  • Panty Shot: The cast puts on a show for some folks at a senior citizens home. Ann, dressed in a little girl's outfit, lifts the back of her dress and shows off frilly-seated panties after she finishes her number.
  • Reunion Show: In February 2005.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Julie is bratty and rebellious; Barbara is sweet and obedient.
  • Thematic Theme Tune
  • The Unfavorite: The girls' father when drunk tells them openly that Barbara has always been his favorite. Angst ensues.
  • To Be Continued: As a series with numerous two-parters, this pretty much became a show motto.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad