8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Original ‘One Day At A Time’ Series
One Day at a Time was considered groundbreaking when it first premiered back in 1974. It followed a divorcee (played by Bonnie Franklin), raising two daughters (played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips). The show was such a success that it went on for nine seasons and even spawned a 2017 reboot on Netflix. It’s been over 30 years since the popular series went off the air, which is why we have these 10 things you didn’t know about the show:
8. Original Pilot
In the original pilot, Ann Romano (played by Bonnie Franklin) had only one daughter, Julie, who was played by Mackenzie Phillips. Franklin was not a fan of the first pilot and neither was CBS. They reworked it and reshot the pilot and added a second daughter, who was played by Valerie Bertinelli.
7. Changing the Story
Bonnie Franklin was very unhappy with the show’s direction during season one and almost quit after 15 episodes, but instead chose to voice her opinions, which helped change the trajectory of the show. She helped rework the script and it became more about divorce and what it’s like for children growing up as products of divorce.