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It''s a Living

It deserves its own thread.

Why?

Because of Ann Jillian's hair.

Because of Mabel Mercer.

Because Paul Kreppel was fucking hot until he got fat and gross as Donna's dad on THAT 70s SHOW.

Because everyone got Barrie Youngfellow confused with Patti Deutsch.

Because the theme song sounded like it should have been belted out by Ethel Merman.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 15004/10/2014

Considering you can't even get the name Marian Mercer right do you think you should be starting a thread about anything?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 111/21/2010

Oh, you're so right, r1--I'll go out and commit seppuku now because of that unforgivable error.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 211/21/2010

Holy crap I forgot all about that show. WEHT Ann Jilian? I knew she had breast cancer.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 311/21/2010

Barrie was considerably prettier than Patti. Sorry, Patti. And the show had Susan Sullivan, didn't it?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 411/21/2010

I was gonna ask when Mabel Mercer was in a sitcom but r1 answered it for me.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 511/21/2010

According to Wikipedia, that theme (the most braying theme song of all time) was written by Leslie Bricusse. Good Lord.

Remember when Louise Lasser was added to the cast (briefly) as one of the waitresses? Did. Not. Work.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 611/21/2010

Paul Kreppel did NOT play Donna's dad on "That 70's Show", you douche--that was Don Stark as Bob. %0D %0D Maybe you should take R1's advice. Or better yet--your own.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 711/21/2010

That was the best R1 of all time.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 811/21/2010

They went through a lot of cast changes - partly due to the shift from network to first run syndication but didn't it also get cancelled briefly then brought back during its network run?

Crystal Bernard from Wings and the last awful season of Happy Days was also on for awhile.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 911/21/2010

I loved the theme song!!!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1011/21/2010

Mabel Mercer was the cabaret singer. Marian Mercer was the actress in It's A Living.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1111/21/2010

Ann Jillian was all over TV in the 80s and then she just disappeared.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1211/21/2010

Marian Mercer also won a tony award for playing Marge Macdougal in Promises, Promises 40 years before Katie Finneran won a tony for the same role.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1311/21/2010

Don't forget that between 1982 (the end of its network run) and 1985 (the beginning of its syndicated run) the show was retooled as "Making A Living".

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1411/21/2010

Was this show syndicated all over the country? I told a friend of mine about the show this summer, but she had never heard of it. I showed her the theme song on Youtube, but she drew a blank.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1511/21/2010

At one point, it was called "Making a Living."

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1611/21/2010

Paul Kreppel was JACKIE'S dad on "That 70's Show", OP, not Donna's.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1711/21/2010

Is Crystal Bernard still in denial?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1811/23/2010

Sadly, Ann Jillian's breast cancer and subsequent mastectomy was a serious blight on a show that featured waitresses in sexy low-cut uniforms. If I'm not mistaken, this opening clip was after the operation because the original uniforms showed far more cleavage.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 1911/23/2010

Ann Jillian stole my hair-do!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2011/23/2010

No, no, no.%0D %0D In it's first season (1980-81), it was called "It's a Living" and featured Susan Sullivan but not Barrie Youngfellow. The show was cancelled, Sullivan signed on for "Falcon Crest," then somebody at ABC decided to give the show another try and retooled it as "Making a Living," with Youngfellow replacing Sullivan, for the '81-'82 season. Still didn't work and it was cancelled.%0D %0D Brought back for syndication under the original title, "It's a Living," from 1985 to 1989, with Ann Jillian gone, being replaced by Sheryl Lee Ralph.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2111/23/2010

I wanted Ann Jillian's hair. Desperately.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2211/23/2010

I am obsessed with this show - why isn't it on DVD. There are EIGHT seasons of it. Yes, there's that high-belt theme song; I didn't know Leslie Bricusse wrote it, though that makes sense.

There's Louise Lasser, Ann Jillian (is that her singing "although we may be less than wealthy"), Tony winner Marian Mercer, Susan Sullivan and Sheryl Lee Ralph and Crystal Bernard later on...

Here's a dissection of the cast changes through the years:

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2311/23/2010

Wrong R21.%0D %0D Barrie was always on "It's a Living". Susan Sullivan was replaced by Louise Lasser.%0D %0D And Ann Jillian was on the first syndicated season but left in 1986. She was replaced by Sheryl Lee Ralph.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2411/23/2010

Also some agents seem to have gone into overtime on the billing. Season 1 is "Starring Susan Sullivan", but then both Ann Jillian and Barrie Youngfellow get the "And" + their character names, though two other actors (without an "And") are sandwiched between.

It was another Junger Witt / Thomas sitcom, I think they had a bunch of shows on ABC around that time.

It was also one of the first shows to be made exclusively for strip syndication (in its later seasons)...Suzanne Somers in "She's The Sheriff" was another from around the same time.

Here's season one ("It's A Living"):

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2511/23/2010

Who was Barrie Youngfellow that she rated that special billing?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2611/23/2010

Here's season 3 - those poor girls, having to go back to the Bonaventure Hotel and walk around and ride the elevator to reshoot the opening all the times the cast re-tooled.

Billing is now "Starring Ann Jillian" and only Barrie Youngfellow gets the "And"

WARNING: lots of fried 80's hair in this one, but the print quality is better than the other clips.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2711/23/2010

Paul Kreppel is neither fat, nor gross.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2811/23/2010

Even as a kid I could see that without the blonde mushroom hair Ann Jillian would not look like much

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 2911/23/2010

Was Youngfellow as well-known as Jillian before this show started? Because I notice the credits for each are the same.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3011/23/2010

%0D I thought Sheryl Lee Ralph did a great job. Of course, I was about 7 at the time, but I did love her anyway.%0D

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3111/23/2010

Our Datalounge tour of IT'S A LIVING title sequence variations continues with Season 6 (still somehow with the title IT'S A LIVING, though the MAKING A LIVING title was in there for a while).

Crystal Bernard has traded in the hideous blue-green and black hunter's jacket pattern for an awful looking bear sweater. This time it's Gail Edwards who wears the awful blue-green and black hunter pattern garment...only this time, it's a dress.

At last, it's "Starring" Barrie Youngfellow, still twirling around by the locker (though in a different direction and with different hair), and Sheryl Lee Ralph is sandwiched in the middle and Marian Mercer gets the "And" with her character's first AND last names; previously she was closer to the top of the credit sequence, but with no "And".

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3211/23/2010

Barrie Youngfellow is married to Sam Freed (Kate & Allie) for over 30 years. She is a NY theater actress, and once the series was canceled resumed her theater career in NY.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3311/23/2010

I imagine Youngfellow being very demanding... like Lupone. Anyone know her?

I dreamed of having a nice cocktail in that lounge. It looked so glamorous to my six year old eyes.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3411/23/2010

My biggest beef was that the restaurant only offered one type of salad!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3511/23/2010

Here are some lyrics.

Life's not the French Riviera, believe me, life's not a charity ball.

It isn't all a great big bed of roses, it's not like showbiz, but the main thing I suppose is%E2%80%A6

(KEY CHANGE)

We're not the people you envy, believe me, we know we're doing okay.

(Descant over the above: We are not faking it, we are gonna make it)

(SOLO)

Okay, we may be less than wealthy, but then again, we're young and healthy,

(TUTTI)

And anyone who's young and healthy knows that that's the way the traffic flows.

It's a living.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3611/23/2010

Oops -there are only SIX seasons of it (120 episodes). And I'm ashamed to admit, I cannot find the Lasser version of the credits, nor can I find any MAKING A LIVING titled credits (though there's no question that was the title for a while).

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3711/23/2010

Here's Ann Jillian's website. There are pics of her with everyone from Jonas Salk to Mickey Rooney.

She mainly does personal appearances, it seems, though she keeps an agent at APA.

We're still waiting for you to upload those audio clips to your site, Ann. It's said "audio coming soon"...for a while.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3811/23/2010

I can't believe many of the same names that worked on Golden Girls produced this trash!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 3911/23/2010

I, too, would like to make personal appearances for a living.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4011/23/2010

In the pilot Mabel Mercer's name was Marian Mercer but they changed it because "Mabel" sounded too ethnic!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4111/23/2010

One of Barrie Youngfellow's pre-sitcom credits is playing - wait for it - JOAN CRAWFORD in the mini-series "The Scarlett O'Hara Wars". Talk about your MARY!%0D %0D Why isn't THAT on DVD?%0D %0D

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4211/23/2010

[quote]Who was Barrie Youngfellow that she rated that special billing?

I was thinking exactly the same thing, not to mention she's hideous in that clip.

I can't remember ever having watched this show, yet I know the theme song and it was on the air for years it seemed. Did anyone actually watch this?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4311/23/2010

I think Bricusse makes perfect sense for the theme song. It sounds like something cut from Victor/Victoria.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4411/23/2010

Uh, I don't think so r33. She's a hack 80's TV actress whose credits mostly stick to late season appearances in long running shows like WKRP, Three's Company, and Blossom. Her only steady work was "It's A Living."

She's never appeared on Broadway, unless it was under another name.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4511/23/2010

I never said she was a broadway actress. I said she is a NY theater actress. Last time I checked there are TONS of theaters in NYC, with no connection to broadway.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4611/23/2010

I want to hear more about how demanding Barrie Youngfellow is.

God knows she re-shot that spin around at the locker enough times.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4711/23/2010

[R42] One of Barrie Youngfellow's pre-sitcom credits is playing - wait for it - JOAN CRAWFORD in the mini-series "The Scarlett O'Hara Wars". Talk about your MARY!%0D %0D Why isn't THAT on DVD? %0D %0D %0D Actually, it is on DVD. It's one of the special features on the GWTW blu-ray.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4811/23/2010

No one said Youngfellow was demanding. One sad soul posted %0D %0D [quote]I imagine Youngfellow being very demanding%0D %0D which is one of the small handful of stock delusions about actors here on DL. The other is that every cast of every show is a big family, and stays in touch forever after.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 4911/23/2010

Ann Jillian was a pretty terrific actress. Scored three Emmy nominations during the eighties.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5011/23/2010

Still, R49, it would be fun to hear about fireworks and backstage geschrei on the set of an 80s strip-syndicated sitcom like IT'S A LIVING.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5111/23/2010

Speaking of Ann Jillian - anyone here see her portrayal of Mae West? Campy 80s fun at its best.:)

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5211/23/2010

I remember this being on forever but never watched anything but the opening credits. So, was it just an upscale version of "Alice"?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5311/23/2010

I have worked in The NY Theatre for 65 years and never heard of Barrie Youngfellow.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5411/23/2010

It wasn't a bad show, but the people who produced it also worked for "The Golden Girls" %0D %0D One episode had Crystal Bernard's character moaning about how she wanted a dog, and Ann Jillian saying "If you're lonely, get yourself a man" and I think you know how the rest of the joke turned out (word for word by the way)%0D %0D The kitchen set was the same one that they used on the Golden Girls episode where they serve the homeless dinner.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5511/23/2010

I thought Paul Kreppel was very funny. I remember on one episode, they had a group of lounge singers singing "I Write The Songs" with him.

"I am music...me, Sonny Mann, AND I WRITE THE SONG!"

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5611/23/2010

[quote]Speaking of Ann Jillian - anyone here see her portrayal of Mae West? Campy 80s fun at its best.:)

Yes! I love this thread, I haven't thought about It's a Living in years. I wanted to be Ann Jillian.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5711/23/2010

I don't understand R18's post. What is Bernard in denial about?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5811/23/2010

I loved the theme song too. I would tune in just for that.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 5911/23/2010

Gotta give Gail Edwards some credit for modesty---it's her website that lists all of the cast rotations, but she never tries to give herself "top billing" on any of the lists.%0D %0D That kind of perspective is refreshing.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6011/23/2010

"Life's...not the French Riviera...life's not a charity ball..."

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6111/23/2010

From Sam Freed's website

'He has appeared with his wife, Barrie Youngfellow, at the O%E2%80%99Neill Theatre Center and in the West Coast Premier of A. R. Gurney's The Fourth Wall at the Pasadena Playhouse.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6211/23/2010

Did they do a "very special episode" dealing with Ann Jillian's breast cancer or am I imagining that?

To the person who asked if it was just an upscale version of ALICE: not really. Or maybe in the very broadest of terms. I didn't realize it was from the same producers as GOLDEN GIRLS but now I can't help but see the similarities. Much warmer-fuzzy than ALICE, which tended to be crass and cornpone.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6311/23/2010

I remember a TOWERING INFERNO type episode where there was a fire on the floors below and the girls were trapped in the restaurant upstairs.

Or maybe that's just my imagination.

Even enterprising R62 can't turn up an NYC theatre credit for Ms. Youngfellow.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6411/23/2010

No, it's not your imagination, r64. I remember that episode, too.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6511/23/2010

"Is Crystal Bernard still in denial?"

About what?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6611/23/2010

Did anyone see Bernard on Broadway when she was the fifth Annie in the Weissler's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN revival (after Bernadette Peters, Susan Lucci, Cheryl Ladd, and Reba McIntyre?)

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6711/24/2010

A Google search turns up only 2 NY theater credits for Barrie Youngfellow: a part in one of EST's one-act marathons in 1999, and a play with her husband Sam Freed (and Kerry Butler) than ran off-off-Broadway for 21 performances (3 weeks) in 1998.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6811/24/2010

Barrie Youngfellow demanding? Well, I might have thought so, until I starred on Blossom. That Joey Lawrence is a fucking DIVA.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 6911/24/2010

Susan Sullivan, Barrie Youngfellow, Paul Kreppel, Gail Edwards and Wendy Schall appeared on All-Star Family Feud and it's on DVD!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7011/24/2010

"Sing along, bitches! You know you want to."%0D %0D R61, you have to sing it like THIS:%0D %0D "Life's not... the French Rivieeeerrrrra...believe me, life's not.... a charity baaaaaaaaaaall!!!" %0D %0D

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7111/24/2010

Ann Jillian's husband wrote (or it was ghost written for him) a book for husbands dealing with their wives' breast cancer. I picked it up when my mom was diagnosed with bresat cancer years ago. Ann went through a horrible battle with the disease, and considering how young she was when she was diagnosed, I assumed that her disappearance from the public eye might mean she ended up dying some time ago. Very nice to see that she is not only alive, but went on to have a son. She's still married to her husband; he came off as a very nice guy in the book.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7211/24/2010

Ann Jillian had the lowest-cut dress of all of them on that show. When she came back after her surgery, they raised the neckline and she didn't wear any padding.

It's probably more common today for breast cancer survivors to make do without visible reconstruction or padding, but it wasn't so much back then (particularly for an actress whose boobs were a big part of her public persona). It seemed to be a terrible ordeal, and she handled the whole ordeal with a lot of class.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7311/24/2010

As a child actress, Ann Jillian played Dainty June in the movie of GYPSY with Roz Russell.

And as a child actress, Morgan Brittany played Baby June.

Of course, Natalie Wood played Louise.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7411/24/2010

I believe she did have some reconstructive surgery. Actually most women today do have reconstructive surgery, it has become very advanced now. And many insurance companies must by law cover reconstructive surgery.%0D %0D Full masectomies are not as common now as they were when Ann had her cancer. But her cancer was widespread in both breasts, so she would have had no choice even today.%0D %0D Yikes! Didn't mean to bring the thread down!%0D

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7511/24/2010

I thought Wendy Schaal had fallen off the planet after the 80s but she's currently the voice of Francine on "American Dad." I've had a gay crush on her since "Where The Boys Are '84."

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7611/24/2010

I LOVE this thread! YAY for first run syndication!

It's A Living

Mama's Family

Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

What else?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7711/24/2010

%0D Out of This World starring the immortal Donna Pescow!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7811/24/2010

Ann Jillian was in "Sammy, the Way-Out Seal"? Thank god for IMDB!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 7911/24/2010

Michael Feinstein! No one has mentioned Michael Feinstein!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8011/24/2010

Throb with Jane Leeves.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8111/24/2010

I loved this show back then, but wonder if it still holds up. Marian mercer stole every scene she was in as Nancy beebe.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8211/24/2010

Apparently Ms. Youngfellow is "retired" as a TV and film actress.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8311/24/2010

Sometimes "retirement" is forced upon you.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8411/24/2010

I didn't know Wendy Schaal was the voice of "Francine." I love stupid trivia like that.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8511/24/2010

Heidi Klum ripped off Ann's hairstyle for this season's Project Runway, though it looked fucking awful on Heidi.

Love Ann Jillian! I think she's still performing in cabaret these days. Who else remembers "Jennifer Slept Here"?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8611/24/2010

The Louise Lasser credits are found!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8709/09/2011

I also wanted Ann Jillian's hair DESPERATELY. We never played anything without my going out of the way to specify that I had long platinum hair. The other kids never got it.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8809/09/2011

I think Ann Jillian had a bout with cancer. That might be why she dropped off the radar. I've seen her in a few tv movies on Lifetime and Hallmark.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 8909/09/2011

Louise Lasser?! I must have missed that.

That was weird how "Ann Jillian as Cassie" was inserted into the middle of the credits instead of at the end.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9009/09/2011

I love this thread. I really love Marian Mercer. I absolutely friggin' love [R54].

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9109/09/2011

Love this show! Love the theme! I think you're not gay unless you know the words to this theme song and have fantasized about going to the Bonaventure Hotel and recreating the opening!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9209/09/2011

Was the Bonaventure nice before? Yelpers weren't impressed.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9309/09/2011

r89 is a bit late to the thread.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9409/09/2011

Ann Jillian had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer around 1984. She later starred in a made for TV movie about her experience. She had a son about a year or so later.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9509/09/2011

[quote]I think Ann Jillian had a bout with cancer. That might be why she dropped off the radar. Really? You thought 99.9% of DLers didn't already know this? Honey, I guarantee that not only did most DLers already know, they probably incorporated it into their Ann Jillian "dress-up" when they were kids by removing the rolled up socks.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9609/09/2011

I'm glad to see that Barrie had her teeth fixed in between seasons.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9709/09/2011

Ann Jillian was one of those 80s celebrities (like the Landers sisters) who was always on TV every five minutes, but as soon as the decade was over she practically disappeared.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9809/09/2011

Fucking fantastic, another cast change. I suppose we have to redress the parking ramp with that god damn Sky High Dining...Above the Top sign, again.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 9909/09/2011

LOVE the opening theme song and video. It looks like a MAD TV parody of an 80's sitcom.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10009/09/2011

OMG Marian Mercer died? I missed that. I loved her in 9 to 5 as Mr. Hart's clueless wife.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10109/09/2011

Wasn't THROB with Diana Canova?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10209/09/2011

Ann Jillian was the younger "version" of Baby June in the film version of Gypsy. I don't know if another poster mentioned this or not.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10309/09/2011

"We're young and healthy.."

Except for Ann's tits.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10409/09/2011

Marian Mercer was Cousin Magda on the Golden Girls. "Dorothy, let it go"

The guys in the kitchen were:

The priest at Phil's funeral

The city inspector that threatens to kick Dorothy, Rose and Sophia out of Blanche's house.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10509/09/2011

Paul Kreppel has a Tony award.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10609/10/2011

Yes, Throb was mine, MINE, ALL MINE!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10709/10/2011

"Throb" starred Diana Canova with co-star, Jane Leeves. A really enjoyable sitcom at the time.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10809/10/2011

My friend saw the Landers sisters do a cabaret act in the early 90s and said they sucked. What made them so special?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 10909/10/2011

THROB credits. I loved this show as a kid. Didn't realize Paul Walker played Diana Canova's son.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11009/10/2011

Dear God, that looks awful, r110. I have absolutely NO recollection of that show and I'm a TV addict since childhood. From the look of it I'm guessing late-80s first-run syndication, but please correct me if I'm wrong and one of the big networks actually aired that shit.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11109/10/2011

I WAS awful, R111, lol. But I watched it anyway on Saturday afternoons. It usually came on after my cartoons. Throb, along with shows like It's A Living, Mama's Family and Small Wonder babysat me while my mom was at work.

And yes, it was syndicated.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11209/10/2011

Interesting that the opening credits to Throb are on You Tube, but I can't find the credits to "I'm a Big Girl Now" anywhere!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11309/10/2011

Thank goodness Diana Canova is out of the business. Her acting got on my nerves.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11409/10/2011

I think Throb was mid-80s

It was another one of those "dweeby little guy wins the heart of cute gal" shows.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11509/10/2011

I remember one thing about THROB. It was a scene where the short guy and Miss Canova were on a bus and they were giving each other the googly eyes as a generic version of Tina Turner's "Two People" played in the background.%0D %0D Jimmie Walker's BUSTIN LOOSE and Don Adams supermarket sitcom were also on around that time.%0D %0D I miss the old USA!! NBC execs should be hanged for what they've done to it!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11609/10/2011

Was Diana Canova considered an IT girl in the early 80's? Didn't she leave Soap a la Shelley Long to do bigger and better things? Hard to believe she was ever a star she has that look that screams soccer frau.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11709/10/2011

it never seemed like a very demanding waitressing job

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11809/10/2011

And the tips must have been really good for them to stay on for almost a decade!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 11909/10/2011

I remember watching this show as a kid but not being particularly moved by it. I think it was on Friday nights. Surprised to read that it was controversial at the time and even considered risque. Was also surprised it was given numerous lifelines throughout its run, even disappearing from the schedule for almost 3 years. As if ITS A LIVING was SUCH an astounding show, that had to be continually saved, which it really wasn't. I mean, it was nothing like the Golden Girls or Taxi, real groundbreakers. I am also surprised that nobody here has yet mentioned that the theme song lyrics were different when it was called MAKING A LIVING. The last lines go like:

With no misgiving.... We're making a living....

Also, weird that they would have made such a subtle change to the title. I don't get how Hollywood works sometimes.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12009/10/2011

There were many 80's sitcoms that found new life in first run syndication after the networks cancelled them. It's A Living, Mama's Family, We Got It Made, Charles in Charge, What's Happenin' and I'm sure there were a few others. First-run syndication for comedies and dramas kind of died off in the last decade though. I guess those are the shows that are pitched to cable now.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12109/10/2011

Susan Sullivan was wonderfully funny in this and didn't deserve to be canned for Louise Lasser. Susan got the last laugh, though, for several succesful seasons on Falcon Crest.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12209/10/2011

Susan Sullivan gave the show class, something it lacked by the time Crystal Bernard joined.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12309/11/2011

I thought Ann Jillian's hair was awful. However, I did spend a large part of the 80s scrunching, crimping and spritzing my hair to look like Crystal Bernard's, so my taste is suspect.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12409/11/2011

Can we get way from Diana Canova (not quickly enough!) and back to It's A Living?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12509/11/2011

Wait. I'm confused. We do hate or love Crystal Bernard?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12609/11/2011

She's a saint!

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12709/11/2011

Louise Lasser was hysterical (new Youtube clip found).

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12805/05/2013

The wait staff had to make their own salads at a rounded prep area...there was no consistency

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 12905/05/2013

So why did Barrie Youngfellow get top billing OVER Gail Edwards?

It's A Living

Starring

Barrie Youngfellow

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13005/05/2013

When your whole schtick for making a living is that you are young and have big boobs, it's no surprise that you sink without a trace when you're old and had a double mastectomy.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13105/05/2013

Mr Barrie Youngfellow (Sam Freed) was a seriously hot man back in his "Kate & Allie" days. He had that Aiden Quinn look that used to drive me wild.

Valerie Harper was Wendy Shaal's stepmom at one time.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13205/05/2013

Yes R132. And Nancy Beebe was Cousin Magda.

"It's just a helluva book!" - Dorothy Zbornak

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13305/05/2013

From an old thread about Ann Jillian:

[quote]Now it can be told: I was Paul Kreppel's fuck buddy.

[quote]He produces now as well as acts, and produced Jay Johnson (the ventriloquist from SOAP)'s one man show. We met when it "tried out" at an off-Broadway theater in Chelsea in 2005. And we were fbs on and off for about 3 years while the show played off and then on Broadway.

[quote]Nice guy, very funny, furry chest, very oral. Nice cut cock about 7" and versatile. Great hot Jewish lover, esp. since was in his late 50s when we were fbs.

[quote]I asked him about the tv series (since I remembered him from it) and he said he had a great time doing it, but he was very much a second-tier cast member - the women were far more catered to.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13405/05/2013

I wonder why this show isn't on a cable network or AntennaTV or MeTV. There are certainly enough episodes available, and it hasn't been repeated to death like some other shows of the era (e.g., Golden Girls.)

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13505/05/2013

It's distributed by Warner Bros. and for some reason their shows aren't shown on any retro stations like the shows owned by CBS/Paramount or Sony. The Hogan Family, Mama's Family, Alice, Perfect Strangers, It's a Living, Growing Pains, Murphy Brown all have enough episodes for syndication yet air nowhere.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13605/05/2013

Bump for "It's A Living."

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13702/17/2014

Why is Barrie top billed?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13802/17/2014

"Why is Barrie top billed?"

Would Gail Edwards have been more appropriate?

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 13902/17/2014

Murphy Brown is on the Encores retro station.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14002/17/2014

Ann would be top.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14102/17/2014

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by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14202/19/2014

Hey, Barrie is part of TV history -- she played Blossom's mother in the pilot. But then she was never seen again.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14302/19/2014

Susan Sullivan was wonderful at comedy. That was really more her metier than melodrama--she was annoying as hell on Falcon Crest (despite her mastery of the credits pivot), but she was enjoyable in both this and Dharma & Greg.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14402/19/2014

I remember Barrie Youngfellow when she was still Barrie Rivchun.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14502/19/2014

I was in love with Ann Jillian as a kid due to that Alice in Wonderland TV movie where she was the red queen. She was so beautiful and her big song always made me cry. She sold that shit, man.

She has a killer voice.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14602/19/2014

Susan Sullivan was great in this too. She had a good feel for comedy, but the show wanted to promote Ann Jillian far too much. The weak link was Wendy Schaal.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14702/19/2014

The "Scarlett O'Hara War" episode of the 1980 miniseries Moviola is worth tracking down for Barrie's portrayal of Joan Crawford. The movie, about the top Hollywood actresses bitch-fighting over the chance to play Scarlett, should be a DL favorite. It's like an early-80's "The Women".

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14802/19/2014

I loved Marian Mercer when she guested on The Golden Girls as Dorothy's ex-husband's cousin Magda from communist Czechoslavakia. She had a heavy accent and got addicted to Slurpees because "They taste so natural and fruit-like".

"She said we live in a plastic society with no soul. This, after I took her to Hickory Farms for beefsticks and spreadable cheese."

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 14902/19/2014

Bump because I was thinking about this show and about being less than wealthy but young and healthy.

by Doesn''t hearing it just take you back?reply 15004/10/2014
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