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 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. :)

nephite blood spartan heart 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!