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.
This series has examples of:
- Amicably Divorced: Ann and her ex for the most part.
- 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 Lets Put On A Show: The first time it was to save their building; later it continued happening for murkier reasons.
- 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.
- 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