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(1975–1984)

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The set used as the travel agency, where Barbara (Valerie Bertinelli) and Max (Michael Lembeck) work, during the final season, was later used as Al Bundy's (Ed O'Neill's) shoe store on Married with Children (1988). In a few episodes of this show, a "New Market Mall" sign is visible through the windows.
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The premise for this show (a family led by a single working mom) was inspired by actress, writer, and single mom, Whitney Blake. One of Blake's children, Meredith Baxter, would go on to play a sitcom mom on Family Ties (1982).
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During season five, Mackenzie Phillips was dealing with substance abuse and erratic behavior. Her character, Julie, married Max, and moved to Houston. In real-life, Phillips was given a six-week vacation to go to rehab. In fall 1981, Phillips returned as a guest in a two part episode when Julie and Max have marital troubles. In the final season, Phillips collapsed on-set. Associate Producer Patricia Fass Palmer woke her and asked Phillips for a urine test, and Phillips told Palmer not to bother. Phillips was quietly fired again and written out of the series.
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After being denied a pay raise, Pat Harrington, Jr. temporarily left the show. One month later, producers realized Schneider's importance, agreed to give Harrington a raise, and brought him back.
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According to the book "Archie and Edith, Mike and Gloria: The tumultuous history of All In The Family", the episode All in the Family: Edith's 50th Birthday (1977), where Edith was held prisoner in her home and tormented by a would-be rapist, was originally intended to be an episode of this show , with Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin) as the victim.
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In the original pilot, Ann (Bonnie Franklin) had only one daughter (Mackenzie Phillips). After executives frowned, a new pilot was shot with Valerie Bertinelli added as the second daughter.
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Schneider was married in the pilot. His wife was never mentioned again. In fact, he almost proposes to Ginnie Roblicki in one episode.
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Bonnie Franklin nearly quit after fifteen episodes, because she was not pleased with the show's direction. She agreed to stay after being allowed more creative input into the series.
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Ginny Wrobliki eventually left the series without a trace, or any explanation. Apparently, Bonnie Franklin felt upstaged by Mary Louise Wilson, causing critical rivalry between the two actresses.
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Mackenzie Phillips (Julie) and Valerie Bertinelli (Barbara) are the same age. Phillips is taller and wiry, while Bertinelli was round-faced and looked like the younger of the two, so Phillips was cast as the older sister.
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After season nine, the network wanted to renew the series for two more years, but Bonnie Franklin decided that nine seasons was enough.
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Representatives for Mackenzie Phillips and Bonnie Franklin squabbled with producers over who should get top billing.
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Lyrics for the show's theme song: This is it; this is it. / This is life, the one you get, / so go and have a ball! / This is it; this is it, / straight ahead, and rest assured, / you can't be sure at all. / So, while you're here, enjoy the view; / keep on doing what you do. / Hold on tight; we'll muddle through, / one day at a time, one day at a time! / So, up on your feet; up on your feet; / somewhere there's music playing. / Don't you worry none, / just take it like it comes, / one day at a time, one day at a time, / one day at a time, one day at a time, / one day at a time, one day at a time, / one day at a time!
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Valerie Bertinelli claims Mackenzie Phillips was very mean to her during the first season. Mackenzie admits this might have been due to jealousy and ego on her own part. Eventually the two became very close, and Valerie was one of very few people in Hollywood who stood by Mackenzie after "High on Arrival", Mackenzie's shocking tell-all autobiography, detailing incest and sexual abuse, came out.
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When Mackenzie Phillips left the show the second time around, her character Julie was written out by first going away for training for her job, and then having her leave Max and their daughter Annie. Phillips left the series due to documented substance abuse problems.
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The producers told Valerie Bertenelli she had to take acting classes during the summer hiatus after the first season, before the second season started.
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Originally, there were plans to spin Schneider off onto his own show after the series went off the air, but those plans never came to fruition.
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According to cast members, Norman Lear and the Tandem producers would videotape All in the Family (1971), and then use the audience laughter from that show to fill in dead air on this show. In later years, tapings of One Day at a Time (done before a live audience) were preceded by showings of Archie Bunker's Place (1979), with the audience's responses likewise recorded, then added to the episodes before they aired.
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Bonnie Franklin has said in interviews that firing Mackenzie Phillips was appropriate. "They handled that perfectly, frankly", she said.
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Corey Feldman played Schneider's nephew in one episode. Mark Hamill played his nephew in another.
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The Brady Bunch (1969) cast members Christopher Knight and Eve Plumb guest-starred on this show.
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According to Mackenzie Phillips' autobiography "High on Arrival", one of the directors asked Valerie to "raise her hand when she's acting. She took a lot of crap", Mackenzie said.
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The series was supposed to take place in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, very little was ever mentioned as to actual places in Indianapolis throughout the entire series. The opening titles showing aerial views of Indianapolis didn't happen until later in the series (season five). Views of the city included The Pyramids (West 86th Street and Michigan Road), The Indianapolis Art Museum, The Hyatt Regency downtown, and the Circle downtown. As the series progressed, and more characters were introduced in the opening credits, the landmarks disappeared, and only an Indianapolis Interstate 70 highway sign, and a wide shot of somewhere on Interstate 465 remained.
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Valerie Bertinelli appeared in the horrible 1979 Fantasy adventure CHOMPS; about a mechanical dog; while she was still starring on One Day at a Time. (She even admits it was horrible). She also auditioned for Raiders of the Lost Arc that same year; but Steven Spielberg was just trying to create an excuse to ask her out.
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Ginny Wroblicki was played by two actresses. In one of the filmed Pilots she was played by Norman Lear and Tandem Productions alumnus Marcia Rodd. She was eventually taken out of the pilot, because it was deemed she was unnecessary, and drew attention away from Bonnie Franklin. The character was brought back, played by Mary Louise Wilson, during the 1977 season to fill the void left by the departure of Richard Masur (David Kane), only to vanish again at the end of the season, because of reported conflicts between Wilson and Bonnie Franklin.
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According to an interview she gave in "The Truth Behind the Sitcoms", Mackenzie Phillips said the cast was in a meeting at one point, and a bunch of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia fell out of her pocket and onto the floor. Pat Harrington, Jr. saw it, and ignored it, according to Mackenzie. "It wasn't ignored", Bonnie Franklin responded, in the same television special, "She was fired".
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Nine years before she was cast as middle-aged mom Ann Romano on this show, Bonnie Franklin played a teenaged high school friend of Sally Field's Gidget (1965) in episode twelve, "Chivalry Isn't Dead".
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All in the Family (1971) season eight, episode five, "Edith's 50th Birthday", involved a storyline where Edith battled a would-be rapist on her birthday, which was originally intended for this show. Ironically, instead of David Dukes playing Anne's rapist (as he does on All in the Family (1971)), he plays her boyfriend in season two, episode eleven, "The Maestro".
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This show was actually written as a star vehicle for Whitney Blake and her daughter Meredith Baxter, about Blake's own real-life experiences raising her daughter. The show idea was originally shopped around to all the networks back in the sixties, but stayed in development turnaround forever until Norman Lear finally bought it in 1974, at which point, Blake and Meredith were too old to play the parts. Meredith Baxter said how hurt and betrayed she and her mom felt when the show, which was supposed to be their star vehicle, was bought by Norman Lear and cast with other actresses.
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The name of the public relations firm, for which Ann (Bonnie Franklin) worked, was Connors and Davenport.
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The network suggested a new name, because it sounds like an Addicts Anonymous mantra (which it is).
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Though she played their mother, Bonnie Franklin was only 15 years older than Mackenzie Phillips and 16 years older than Valerie Bertinelli.
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Pat Harrington was the only actor from this show to win an Emmy, for his portrayal of Schneider.
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One Day At A Time was originally titled "All About Us" and was just about a single divorced mother raising her daughter. It was written by Whitney Mannings Blake and was based on her own true life experiences raising her daughter Meredith Baxter. She presented the series idea to all the networks back in the 60s but no one bought it. By the time CBS and Norman Lear optioned it she was too old; it was already 1975. Ironically; by the time One Day At a Time made it to the air, in the 1975-1976 season; Meredith Baxter landed a role in another hit family TV show; the critically acclaimed Aaron Spelling drama 'Family".
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In a recent interview with Glenn Scarpelli, Mackenzie Phillips said that Julie and Barbara were loosely based on different aspects of Norman Lear's real daughters.
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In 2012 One Day at a Time Won one of the TV Land Awards: specifically the Innovator Award. Original cast members Bonnie Franklin; Mackenzie Phillips; Pat Harrington and Glenn Scarpelli were all on hand to accept the award. Where Bonnie Franklin and Pat Harrington thanked Norman Lear, the audience and the cast, Glenn Scarpelli thanked fellow cast member Mackenzie Phillips for being such a "fearless and honest role model for the world." This was right after Phillips' brutally honest 2009 autobiography "High on Arrival" had been published.
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Being a Norman Lear sitcom; there are a lot of shock moments on this show; scenes that shocked people's sensibilities in 1975; and even today, some of them. There was plot on one of the episodes that involved Ann getting a prostitute for one of her clients. There was another episode that had both Ann and Alex's school paddling him; giving him corporal punishment; for ditching class. There was another episode that had Julie as a 17-year old; running away with her 40 year old boyfriend. None of these episodes would have been made today. Indeed, the 2017 reboot; while getting rave reviews from the critics; has few if any shock moments in it.
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Reportedly, Bonnie Franklin was jealous of all the attention Glenn Scarpelli (Alex Handris) was getting. He ended up leaving the show after a couple of brief seasons. This is similar to the stories surrounding Mary Louise Wilson's departure. Allegedly, Franklin was unhappy with how Mary Louise Wilson (Ginny Wroblicki) was hogging the spotlight and stealing her thunder, and she left after one brief season as well.
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The "boy on the show who experiments with smoking and accidentally causes a huge fire" storyline had already been used on Happy Days (1974) and Little House on the Prairie (1974), before this show used it in season seven, episode sixteen, "Mrs. O'Leary's Kid". Nonetheless Bonnie Franklin has said in interviews this was one of her favorite shows.
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Before this show , Bonnie Franklin made her mark in a Tony nominated performance in Broadway's "Applause", which was a musical version of "All About Eve", starring Lauren Bacall.
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At one point in the show, one of the characters teases Ann that before he met her, and when he found out she was divorced, he "expected her to look like Maude." This was an in-joke about Norman Lear's other popular feminist sitcom that was on at that time, Maude (1972).
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In FOX's special " The Truth Behind the Sitcoms", Bonnie Franklin and Pat Harrington, Jr. admit that none of the shows during the first season were very good, and in fact, Bonnie Franklin threatened to quit if the script quality didn't improve at the end of the first season.
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The first realistic show about divorce. The Odd Couple (1970) and The Lucy Show (1962) had lead characters that were divorced, but those shows were essentially farces.
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In the One Day at a Time Reunion special, Mackenzie Phillips said once she got the call from Norman Lear, there was no question in her mind that she would sign on: "Norman Lear is the man who changed the face of television."
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Boyd Gaines and Scott Colomby appeared in Porky's (1981).
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Gloria LeRoy, who played Mildred "Boom Boom" Turner on All in the Family (1971), played Schneider's friend Hortense Hersey in season three, episode fifteen, "Ann's Secretary".
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Glenn Scarpelli and Scott Colomby had filmed a TV pilot called Jump Street, which was not picked up, when Scott was 10. He met Valerie Bertenelli at this point, who was dating Colomby. Colomby was playing Barbara/Valerie's boyfriend onscreen too at this point, Cliff Randall. Valerie promised Glenn she would do anything she could do to help him in his career if he needed help. Later Glenn's mom read in TV guide that Mackenzie Phillips was getting fired and Tandem Productions and CBS were looking to replace her with a young boy character. Glenn then called Valerie and asked her if she could get him an audition with the One Day At A Time producers, and the rest is history.
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Polly Cutter sings the theme song "This is It", in the original 1975 version of this series. In the reboot it's sung by Gloria Estefan.
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In 1979, right after she was first terminated from One Day At A Time (the first time), Mackenzie Phillips participated in a Mamas and the Papas reunion album and tour; spearheaded by her father and Mamas and the Papas founder John Phillips. One of their songs was "This Is It"; the theme song from One Day At a Time; and it was sung by Mackenzie Phillips.
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Alex gets paddled in one episode. (He is being punished for truancy; Anne offers to do the paddling because the school says she can in place of them).
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One of the pilots for this show was called "Three To Get Ready"; (after the original pilot "Just the Two of Us" failed to get sold). This pilot did not have Valerie Bertinelli; and Bonnie Franklin played a nurse; much like the title character of the reboot plays. Also Marsha Rodd played "Gayle Morris"; Bonnie's best friend in this version. This version was also unsold; but it can be found on Youtube.
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The original pilot (which can be viewed on Youtube) was called "Three to Get Ready"; it featured Bonnie Franklin, AKA Ann Romano, as a Nurse (an idea which would be used again for the 2017 reboot with Justina Machado and Rita Moreno). There was only one daughter; and her name was Julie Benton. Pat Harrington still played Schneider. And Marcia Rodd played Ann's best friend named Gail. Bonnie Franklin would later say in interviews about this first pilot the following: "The first pilot...was a mess...there was nothing clear about it". Eventually they reworked it of course and the rest is history.
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Bonnie Franklin was the recurring character Jean on the 60s TV show Gidget, before she got the Tony nomination starring in Applause, where she caught the eye of Norman Lear and then finally shot to fame as Ann Romano on One Day at a Time. In one episode of Gidget she co-starred with future Oscar winners Sally Field and Barbara Hershey! Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss also co-starred on Gidget with Bonnie Franklin! They were all playing teenaged friends. (Daniel J Travanti was part of this teenaged clique also).
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Believe it or not; right before she starred as middle aged divorcee Ann Romano; Bonnie Franklin specialized as the BFF to alot of teenage girls on sitcoms. Most notably she was the best friend to both Gidget and Karen; the TV sitcom; and played recurring best friend roles on both of those sitcoms. (Like a lot of Hollywood stars; Franklin played a teenager until she was 30; then she jumped into hot-young-mother roles).
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Both Richard Masur and Mary Louise Wilson, AKA David Kane and Ginni Wroblicki, have publicly said they quit this show, and were not fired. Both, who were Norman Lear allums from other shows, have said they were concerned that the show's quality was not up to that of All in the Family, Lear's flagship show, and wanted out shortly after they started. Masur said after he learned that Lear wanted David Kane to be a chaste boy-friend; and not a friend with benefits with Anne Romano, he felt the part became stupid and emasculated; and told Lear he was tired of his character coming to Anne's apartment and constantly being rejected; and he wanted out of the show. He said he demanded Lear fire him; (let him out of his contract) and he did. This is interesting because behind the scenes gossip has Lear firing Masur; and Bonnie Franklin demanding the firing of Masur and eliminating the character; because he was robbing Anne of her of her strong-single-woman status. (It's possible both things are true, Masur was dissatisfied with the character as well as Franklin, and both led the character to be eliminated). Something similar happened with Mary Louise Wilson. She became a regular after Masur/Kane's departure in 1977, and was supposed to be Ann'e confidant/BFF; but she has told interviewers that the role and the TV show was very stupid and she did not enjoy it at all; and begged to be written off after a year. But behind the scenes reports indicate that Franklin was complaining that Mary Louise Wilson was stealing her thunder and asked for her to be written off. Again it's possible both things were happening. Franklin; who is now deceased; never denied during her lifetime any of these allegations.
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The last long-running sitcom to be created by Norman Lear. Actually Lear also produced the long running Diffrent Strokes (1978) as well as Facts of Life;(1979) but those were children's programs so he did not put his name on them to sully his serious adult producer-cred in the industry.
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The Brady Bunch (1969)'s Christopher Knight makes an appearance in season two, episode five, "Barbara's Emergence", as one of Barbara's classmates who is hitting on her. Eve Plumb, also from The Brady Bunch (1969), makes an appearance as Melissa Layton, Sam Royer's date in season eight, episode seven, "Lovers and Other Parents".
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There was a "Boom Boom" Turner on this show, a friend of Schneider, and a "Boom Boom" Turner on All in the Family (1971), a co-worker of Archie. It's implied that they're both voluptuous middle-aged women, and this could qualify as a crossover character for the two shows. Although we never see "Boom Boom" on this show, Gloria Leroy, who played her on All in the Family (1971), also appeared as another character on this show, another voluptuous middle-aged woman, who is a friend of Schneider.
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Season six, episode twenty-one, "The Indianapolis Story", and season two, episode twenty-one, "Barbara Plus Two" follow the same formula, where the female protagonist is battled over by two boyfriends, who then reject her at the end of the episode.
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In the 70s and 80s Corey Feldman appeared in several top ten programs; including One Day At A Time, Cheers and Family Ties. He also appeared on the hit syndicated show Hollywood Squares during this period.
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Just like Anne Romano was entrusted with raising an Alex in the old version of the sitcom; in the new version Penelope is also raising an Alex; her son.
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The original version of this sitcom is considered groundbreaking in that it presented an all female family in a serious way; and in it's serious and pretty realistic depiction of divorce. But it was not critically acclaimed. The new version is critically acclaimed though; and has been nominated for multiple emmies and Golden Globes.
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The new, rebooted version did a parody of the original opening credits; with Rita Moreno playing the Gina Roblicki character.
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During the same period when Charles Siebert was starring as a recurring role on One Day at a Time as Jerry Davenport; Ann's boss at the ad agency; he was also starring as Stanley Riverside; one of the hospital administrators on Trappper John MD; another hit comedy drama airing on CBS at the time; also in the top ten.
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In interviews Valerie Bertenelli has said that she and "Mackenzie Phillips aren't as close as everybody thinks." She says their backgrounds and upbringings are too different.
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Alex (AKA Glenn Scarpelli) became the troubled teen on the show after Julie left. Barbara was always the good girl; throughout the series till the end (with a couple exceptions like the "Barabara's Emergence" episode when she pretends to be on the pill to attract boys at her school; or the "Barbara's Rebellion" Episode when she runs off to Chicago with Bob for the night).
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A recent TV critic broke down the difference between Todd Grinnell's Schneider and Pat Harrington's Schneider :"Because of Harrington's performance, and maybe because Schneider's quirks and shortcomings were fun for the writers to explore, Schneider became the One Day at a Time character that the American public knew best, even though the show was actually about a mother and her two girls. (Harrington also was the only actor on the show to win an Emmy.)

The new One Day at a Time breaks from that pattern. Schneider 2.0 is comical in his obliviousness, but he's not designed to be a blatant scene-stealer. The writers and Grinnell understand that this show is about Penelope, her family, and their experience. Everything else - including the bobo who lives upstairs - has to come second. One Day at a Time 2017 is about the Alvarez's' world. And Schneider? He's just living in it."
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Richard Masur starred on the All in the Family episode "Gloria's Boyfriend" in 1974 as a mentally retarded young stock boy from Fergusson's Market who befriends the Bunker Family before he became part of the regular cast and one of the stars of One Day At A Time; during the 1975-1976 TV season on CBS.
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Pat Harrington, Jr.'s main job was to fill the "void" in-between scenes. He was basically brought in every episode, for the two minutes of laughter.
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Many episodes deal with sexual harassment on this show. Ann, Ginny, Barbara and Julie all get victimized by sexual harassment. Schneider sexual harasses Ann frequently in the earlier seasons. And Ann herself even sexually harasses a male co-worker in "Et Tu Ann?"
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Glenn Scarpelli left after two seasons, to co-star on Jennifer Slept Here (1983), believing "One Day at a Time" was on its way out. "Jennifer Slept Here" was cancelled after only thirteen episodes, and Scarpelli was not invited back.
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Mackenzie Phillips makes several appearances in the One Day At a Time Reboot; she plays a counselor and a former veteran who is leading a support group for veterans with PTSD; which Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) is attending in episode 8 of the first season. Glenn Scarpelli will also have a cameo in Season 3. The other surviving cast members, (Valerie Bertenelli; Shelly Faberes, Richard Masur, Boyd Gaines, Charles Siebert; Ron Rifkin; Howard Hessman, Joseph Campanella, Scott Colomby, John Putch, Michael Lembeck, Mary Louise Wilson and Corey Feldman) have no plans to make any cameos on the reboot series; as of yet, anyway.
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Both versions of the Schneider character have facial hair; the Harrington Schneider had a mustache and the Grinnell Schneider has a mustache and beard.
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Glenn Scarpelli starred on the popular syndaicated PBS children's show 321 Contact before he starred on One Day At A Time.
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Joseph Campanella, Nanette Fabray, Richard Masur and Mackenzie Phillips all appeared on both "One Day at a Time" and "Mary Tyler Moore".
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Boyd Gaines would star in the Sure Thing with Daphne Zuniga and John Cusack.
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The Ginny Wroblicki character vanished from the program without any fanfare or explanation. (Unlike Richard Masur's David Kane who had an elaborate sendoff).
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