1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (USA)
37 x 30 minute episodes
When Brad Benson (Robert Hays) walked into the Liberty Coffee Shop, pert young waitress Angie Falco (Donna Pescow of Saturday Night Fever fame) thought he was poor and began sneaking him some pastries.
It turned out that he was a paediatrician from the medical building across the street and a member of one of Philadelphia’s richest families.
In true Cinderella fashion, Angie and Brad fell in love and got married, despite the objections of Brad’s overbearing big sister, Joyce (Sharon Spelman), and stuffy father, Randall (John Randolph), and much to the surprise of Angie’s mother, the down-to-earth Theresa (Doris Roberts).
Angie’s father had walked out 19 years earlier (He “went to get the paper” but never returned) and Theresa still kept a place at the family table for him.
Theresa had raised Angie and her younger sister Marie (Debralee Scott) by running a newsstand.
The Benson’s had a different set of problems, not least of which was the fact that snobbish Joyce was three times divorced and undergoing therapy with a psychiatrist who hated her. Joyce lived with her daughter, Hillary (Tammy Lauren) at 101 Willow Pond Avenue.
Angie and Brad moved into Brad’s mansion, but the surroundings were so ostentatious and grand that they later bought a smaller house, with Brad setting up his practice on the first floor.
Angie then bought the Liberty Coffee Shop to keep herself busy and later traded it for a beauty shop (Rose’s House of Beauty) where Gianni (Tim Thomerson) was the pleasure-seeking hairstylist.
Other regular characters included Angie’s big-hearted best friend, Didi (Diane Robin), her other pals Mary Katherine (Nancy Lane), Mary Mary (Valri Bromfield) and Mary Grace (Susan Duvall) and Phipps the butler (Emory Bass).
Angela “Angie” Falco Benson
Dr Bradley Benson
Diedre ‘Didi’ Malloy
Mary Grace Moroni