One Day at a Time

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  • TV-PG
  • 1975
  • 9 Seasons
  • 6.6  (5,027)

One Day at a Time was a sitcom that aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984. The show was created by Norman Lear and starred Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Richard Masur, Valerie Bertinelli, Pat Harrington Jr., Mary Louise Wilson, Michael Lembeck, Ron Rifkin, Glenn Scarpelli, Shelley Fabares, Boyd Gaines, Howard Hesseman, and Nanette Fabray.

The show followed the life of a newly divorced mother, Ann Romano (played by Bonnie Franklin), and her two teenage daughters, Julie (played by Mackenzie Phillips) and Barbara (played by Valerie Bertinelli). The family lived in an apartment building in Indianapolis, Indiana, and faced various challenges together as they navigated life as a single-parent family.

As the show progressed, the characters developed and faced new obstacles, including Ann's love life, Julie's struggles with drug addiction, Barbara's coming of age, and Schneider (played by Pat Harrington Jr.) the building's quirky superintendent, and the family's friend and ally.

One Day at a Time was not just a sitcom. It dealt with real-life issues such as divorce, teen pregnancy, homosexuality, and mental illness, portraying them in a sensitive and genuine way. Throughout the series, there were many heartwarming moments of family support and love, as well as moments filled with humor and wit.

The show also touched on social issues such as feminism and equal rights, with several episodes featuring Ann's involvement in causes aimed at helping women and minorities. The show revolutionized the portrayal of women in sitcoms, with Ann Romano becoming a beloved feminist icon.

The show tackled mature themes that were often controversial for the time period in which it aired. One example would be the episode "AIDS," which brought attention to the AIDS epidemic and challenged stereotypes surrounding the disease. The show was praised for its handling of the topic, as it aired early on in the disease's history, and few other shows were discussing it openly.

One Day at a Time was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The show was nominated for numerous awards, and it won several Primetime Emmy awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Bonnie Franklin in 1982.

In conclusion, One Day at a Time was a groundbreaking sitcom that tackled real-life issues with sensitivity and sincerity. Its portrayal of a single mother raising two daughters was ahead of its time, and the show's commitment to social justice left a lasting impact on viewers for years to come. Today, the show's legacy is still celebrated, with a reboot airing on Netflix that pays homage to its predecessor while also forging a new path forward.

One Day at a Time is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (209 episodes). The series first aired on December 16, 1975.

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Another Man's Shoes
22. Another Man's Shoes
May 28, 1984
Schneider learns that his brother passed away and that somebody needs to take care of his nephew and niece so Schneider gets a phone call to come and pick them up. The place where he arrives is a carnival like place with circus like people. This place needs repairs and some "manly guidance" so everyone tries to persuade Schneider to move there and with Ann gone and the kids grown up, Schneider finally accepts the move.
Off We Go
21. Off We Go
May 21, 1984
Ann gets a job offer in London and ponders taking it. Despite getting nagged by her mother, she decides to accept the job. This leads her to wonder how she's going to tell the rest of her family that she's leaving.
The Nearness of You
20. The Nearness of You
May 14, 1984
Working side by side at the travel agency spawns a growing attraction between Max and Barbara, that becomes impossible to ignore.
Meaning of Life
19. Meaning of Life
May 2, 1984
Schneider gets a new lease on life after he's accidentally electrocuted, then revived, a hair raising experience in which he claims he died and came back to life.
Up in Smoke
18. Up in Smoke
April 25, 1984
After six years of not smoking, Sam lights up. But when he tries to quit, he finds his willpower has gone up in smoke.
Bringing in the Clowns
17. Bringing in the Clowns
April 4, 1984
Mark's jokester friends are visiting and taking their jokes too far to the point where everyone gets sick of them. Barbara gets so fed up that she tries to teach them a lesson by "getting hurt."
Ave Romano
16. Ave Romano
March 21, 1984
An Italian priest arrives unexpectedly at the Royers, claiming to be a distant relative of Grandma Romano.
Parting Company
15. Parting Company
March 14, 1984
Ann and Francine's business relationship is threatened when Francine announces she's marrying an ad executive Ann doesn't trust.
Woman of the House
14. Woman of the House
March 7, 1984
Barbara loses charge of her household when Grandma Romano moves in with her own set of rules, menus, meal schedules and a collection of cuckoo clocks.
13. Fifty
February 12, 1984
Schneider has a sentimental reunion with his high-school love, who pays him a visit on his 50th birthday, bringing along her own cherished memories of their past.
Never Hire a Relative
12. Never Hire a Relative
January 15, 1984
Francine goes behind Ann's back to talk Sam into designing an elaborate office suite that's too grandiose for Ann's taste.
Dear Max
11. Dear Max
January 8, 1984
Julie decides to leave her husband.
Sam's Apartment
10. Sam's Apartment
January 1, 1984
Sam's late night disappearance has the family convinced he's been kidnapped until Ann learns he's kept his old apartment.
Not a Creature Was Staying
9. Not a Creature Was Staying
December 25, 1983
Ann has the holiday blues, believing she and Sam will be alone on Christmas, but Sam plans to surprise her with a Caribbean cruise.
Travel Agent
8. Travel Agent
December 18, 1983
To arrange a long-overdue vacation, Barbara and Mark visit a travel agency, where Barbara finds an unexpected career opportunity.
Baby Love  (2)
7. Baby Love (2)
December 4, 1983
Barbara, still wanting to have a child, continues to consider adoption.
Baby Love  (1)
6. Baby Love (1)
December 4, 1983
A weekend watching little Annie for Max and Julie has Barbara longing to have her own baby and begins considering the option of adoption.
Worried Heart
5. Worried Heart
November 6, 1983
Ann's imagination runs away with her when Sam runs off on a business trip with an associate who happens to be his ex-girlfriend.
The Bedtime Story
4. The Bedtime Story
October 30, 1983
A plan to collaborate on the writing of children's stories drives Julie and Max into a bitter feud over Max's potential as a writer.
The Dentist
3. The Dentist
October 23, 1983
The opening of his new dental office gives Mark such a case of the jitters that he may give up his practice before the first patient walks through the door.
Take My Ex
2. Take My Ex
October 16, 1983
A visit from Sam's ex-wife sparks a sudden need for attention in Ann, who resents the pampering the former Mrs. Royer recieves from Sam.
1. Shakedown
October 2, 1983
Sam and Ann are adjusting to married life and find they disagree on monumental issues such as where the spoons should be kept.
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One Day at a Time is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch One Day at a Time on demand at Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 16, 1975
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (5,027)