Ann Marie is working at a newsstand in an office building. She meets Donald Hollinger, a magazine writer who works there. Ann has just gotten an acting job for a television commercial filming in the ...
An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love and romance.
Frances "Gidget" Lawrence lives with her widowed college professor father in Southern California. Anne is her older sister who is married to John Cooper, an obtuse but lovable psychology ... See full summary »
Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.
One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by African American comic actor Flip Wilson, this show ... See full summary »
Ann Marie is a struggling actress living in New York City. In between trying to find jobs acting and modeling she has time for her boyfriend, Don Hollinger, and her dad, Lew Marie.Written by
The 1966 season theme song featured an instrumental version, which was subsequently replaced with lyrics. See more »
Ann Marie moves to New York City from Brewster, NY, which is on the Metro North Railroad's Harlem Line to Grand Central Terminal. The footage behind the credits was shot on New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line (photographed from the rear of a train leaving New York and then shown backwards so the train appears to be going to New York, although on the wrong track). See more »
The opening for season 1 only is not the famous train tracks, but a breathless and beautiful Ann Marie running across a NY street to a building, dressed in a pale blue coat, white gloves and shoes, white pocketbook under her arm. The train tracks don't come until seasons 2, 3, & 4, and season 5 adds lyrics to the up-tempo opening music ("Diamonds, daisies, snowflakes..."). See more »
I first saw That Girl repeated in a daytime slot during school holidays in the early 1980s in Australia. I was first attracted to the show as Siegfried from Get Smart (Bernie Kopell) was in it... He was in the first scene I saw. I soon realised Ann and Donald were the leads but still enjoyed the series.
I loved the cool retro look of the show - especially Ann's hairstyles, constant new outfits, and elaborate makeup. Her neat apartment seemed really cool and the New York setting and depiction of the writing and acting worlds seemed very sophisticated.
Years later I discovered the Mary Tyler Moore show which became a big favourite of mine. I then bought seasons 2 and 5 of That Girl from a DVD discount bin. Often when one of these shows is discussed, the other will be mentioned. Usually That Girl is said to be the first series with an independent woman as the lead. Too bad she isn't really that independent. Donald helps her out of nearly every one of the crazy misunderstandings that happen through each episode. And if Ann really pays for that apartment and all those clothes that is a major suspension of disbelief given she does a string of casual little jobs and bit part acting assignments - usually getting fired or giving up each new job by the end of the episode. The series plays more like her father Lew pays the rent - I mean he seems to drop in like he owns the place with alarming regularity even though he supposedly runs a restaurant in upstate New York.
Donald meanwhile runs a car and has his own apartment in Manhattan, wears lots of nice new clothes, and is constantly taking Ann for meals out. I mean how much do magazine writers really earn?
Most episode stories are very thin with much padding and repetition, and the same story ideas resurface again and again (Lew disapproves of Donald, Ann's latest menial job with a mean boss, some other misunderstanding). The show looks great and the leads are very appealing but the writing and characterisation is lightyears from the Mary Tyler Moore show.
Bernie Kopell is mostly wasted too. He was really funny in one episode where his character went out and got drunk.
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