Garry Marshall's sitcom factory at Paramount churned out what should've been another winner for ABC in the winter of 1979.
Angie was placed on Thursdays, airing in back of Mork & Mindy, and was an immediate hit. The story of a Philadelphia waitress (Donna Pescow) finding love with a pediatrician (Robert Hays) should've lasted a little longer than it did. However, it can be argued that the producers jumped the gun a wee bit by marrying Angie off too soon. With Mork moving to Sundays for its sophomore season to avoid NBC's Buck Rogers, Angie was moved to Tuesdays, hammocked in between Happy Days & Three's Company, with Laverne & Shirley moved to another night. Bad idea. Angie ended after two seasons, and deserved a better fate.
To refresh your memory, here's the intro. The theme song, "Different Worlds", sung by Maureen McGovern, peaked at #18.
Angie drew comparisons to CBS' Rhoda due largely to similar themes, though when Angie, in all fairness, debuted, Rhoda had ended its run. The supporting cast included Debralee Scott (ex-Welcome Back, Kotter, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), Doris Roberts (later of Remington Steele & Everybody Loves Raymond), and, during the 1st season, Tammy Lauren, who was "reassigned", shall we say, by the studio, turning up on Who's Watching The Kids? the following fall. Donna Pescow most recently guest-starred on The Flash, and, well, who knows? With the way Hollywood is recycling old series these days, maybe Angie's story will be retold with a 21st century spin (with Pescow filling Roberts' old role as the mother figure)?