11.4.11

80s TV Shows: Impish Interactions

It's a Living
1980-82/1985-89


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The history of this 80s TV sit-com about a group of waitresses and a cheeky piano player in a swanky restaurant atop a skyscraper is surprisingly complicated.  It first ran in 1980, changed its name to "Making a Living" in 1981, got canceled in 1982, then picked up in syndication in 1983 where it caught a following, and began making new shows again (w/ the original name "It's a Living") in 1985.

Quote:
"Ladies and gentlemen, are we in for a treat tonight---we have with us a group of acrophobiacs, who despite their morbid fear of heights are going to sit by the window.  Should be interesting." 

Trivia: 
Part of the shows success on its second run is attributed to Ann Jillian's public announcement of her struggle with breast cancer---she was one of the first celebrities to do so, and viewers wanted to show their support. 

12 comments:

Michael Di Gesu said...

Wow, Nicki,

You are really digging up some great old shows...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't even remember this one - and I watched everything.

Angela Felsted said...

I've never seen this show. Was it any good?

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Have to admit this one looks familiar but it isn't really ringing any bells.
I do rememeber another show with waitresses and a surly, burlty cook. Don't remember the name.

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K.C. Woolf said...

Brilliant quote! =)

Sarah Allan said...

Wow, it looks like that show had one bumpy history! I've never heard of this one at all...thank you for piquing my curiosity, Nicki!

Liz P said...

Oh wow, I completely missed this one! I love finding out about shows I had no idea existed. :)

David J. West said...

I remember this because, as a 12 year old I had a crush on Ann Jillian-and get this Her mom and my grandmother are good friends (Lithuanians) I kept hoping there would be some time I could be around and meet Ann-alas it never happened.

erica and christy said...

I don't know this one, either, but there are a couple familiar faces - the premise sounds funny!
erica

Jennifer Lane said...

I recognize the cast but I'm with most of your readers--don't know this show very well! You get an A+ for obscurity, ha ha.

Anne Gallagher said...

I remember this. Yay.

g-girl said...

i remember watching this as a child!