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Published on Oct 2, 2008
Angie is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast by the ABC network from February 1979 until October 1980.
Starring Donna Pescow as the title character, the program was set in Philadelphia. The story revolved around one-time waitress Angie Falco Benson, her extremely wealthy new husband and former customer Brad Benson (played by Robert Hays), and the couple's two very different families: the blue-blooded Bensons and the urban Italian-American Falcos. Doris Roberts and Debralee Scott played Angie's mother Theresa and sister, Marie, respectively. A young Tammy Lauren played Brad's niece, Hilary; while actress Sharon Spelman played her overbearing mother, Joyce. Actor John Randolph played Brad and Joyce's stuffy father, Randall.
The show was a mid-season ratings hit during its first half-season on air. It ranked fifth for the 1978-79 season, thanks in big part to Thursday night lead-in Mork & Mindy, which ranked No. 3. However, ratings dropped drastically after a move to Tuesday for the start of the 1979-80 season, even though the show immediately followed the top-five hit Happy Days. Viewers lost interest in the interplay between the two lead characters after they were married in the season premiere, and many critics noted that much of the previously feisty chemistry that Pescow and Hays demonstrated on screen was apparently compromised once their characters were wed. The show was cancelled in its second season. 36 episodes in total were produced.
Reruns were played on ABC Daytime from June to September of 1985 after the program's cancellation as well as on TV Land in the late 1990s.
The show's theme song, "Different Worlds", was performed by Maureen McGovern and became a Top 20 Billboard (magazine) hit, reaching number 18 on the Pop charts and number one on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1979.