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It’s a Living

1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 2 (USA)
1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 9 (USA)
120 x 30 minute episodes

Brassy Cassie (Ann Jillian) had been around while virtuous Vicki (Wendy Schaal) had hardly been anywhere. Enterprising Jan (Barrie Youngfellow) was studying for a college degree. Starstruck Dot (Gail Edwards) wanted to be an actress. And levelheaded Lois (Susan Sullivan) wanted to keep her curvy colleagues out of trouble with Nancy (Marian Mercer), the no-nonsense maitre d’.

All five were waitresses at Above the Top, an upscale restaurant located in the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. All five also had a penchant for comic predicaments.

The show ran on the ABC network for two seasons but was plagued by low ratings and moved into syndication.

A new and younger cast were introduced with Barrie Youngfellow, Gail Edwards, Wendy Schall staying and adding Crystal Bernard as Amy Tompkins and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Ginger St. James. The scripts also became more light-hearted.

Additional comedy came from the resident piano player, Sonny (Paul Kreppel), who was a wonderful comic foil.

Dot Higgins
Gail Edwards
Jan Hoffmeyer Gray
Barrie Youngfellow
Sonny Mann
Paul Kreppel
Nancy Beebe
Marian Mercer
Amy Tompkins
Crystal Bernard
Howard Miller
Richard Stahl
Ginger St. James
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Cassie Cranston
Ann Jillian
Lois Adams
Susan Sullivan
Vicki Allen
Wendy Schaal