'One Day At A Time - The Complete First Season'
(Mackenzie Phillips, Shelley Fabares, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (1975) 2007 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: This sitcom follows recently divorced mother (Ann Romano) and her two teenage daughters (Barbara and Julie) as they start a new life together in Indianapolis, They are befriended by the building superintendent (Dwayne Schneider), who treats them like family. Together, these four main characters face life's challenges together.
DVD Verdict: 'One Day at a Time' first aired in December 1975 The show produced over 200 episodes during it's nine year series run. Most of the 'One Day At A Time' show episodes focused on Ann trying to raise her two headstrong daughters while maintaining a career at the same time. The mother and her daughters dealt with controversial issues on the show including: birth control, sexuality, virginity, alcohol and other substance abuse.
Through the years the girls grew up, got married and started their own families. Julie married Max Horvath in 1979 and in 1982, Barbara married Mark Royer. Other 'One Day At A Time' cast members included, building super Dwayne Schneider, Katherine Romano, Ann's mother and Ann's business associate Francine Webster. Ann had several love interests during the show's run. David Kane was one who actually proposed and was turned down. Nick Handris was another serious boyfriend. Nick had a son Alex and when Nick died in 1981, Alex moved in with Ann. In 1982, Ann became involved with Sam Royer, Mark's dad and they eventually married.
The popular character of building superintendent Schneider played an important role in the show. He usually provided the necessary comic relief during the ongoing serious topics covered in the story line. I am thrilled to see this classic 70's sitcom finally get a bonifide DVD release!!! Wow! I couldn't wait to hear that theme song and singalong once again!!! 'One Day At A Time' gave single mothers a voice, by showing that a woman could make it on her own as a single parent after divorce. Naturally, Norman Lear was the creative force behind this hit show, which doesn't surprise me considering his other classic TV shows 'All In The Family,' 'The Jeffersons,' 'Good Times,' and my all-time favorite, 'Maude' (just released on DVD itself!) ruled the 1970's!!! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
All 15 First Season Episodes
The One Day At A Time Reunion