The success of The Waltons prompted Earl Hamner, Jr., at the request of CBS, to develop a more contemporary family drama.
Apple's Way launched in February 1974 as a mid-season replacement, and managed to survive into a 2nd season despite airing opposite The Wonderful World of Disney. Ronny Cox fronted the ensemble cast, which also included Malcolm Atterbury and Vincent Van Patten. Kristy McNichol joined the show in season 2, which didn't finish out the term, as the series was cancelled during the 1974-5 season.
In this sample, George Apple (Cox) gets an unexpected hero's welcome when he ventures into the city....
No rating. We were a Disney house.