Apple Pie (TV series)

Apple Pie

Apple Pie promotional photo
Created by Norman Lear
Written by Charlie Hauck
Sy Rosen
Bill Davenport
Arthur Julian
Directed by Peter Bonerz
Starring Rue McClanahan
Dabney Coleman
Jack Gilford
Caitlin O'Heaney
Derrel Maury
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (6 unaired)
Producer(s) Charlie Hauck
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) T.A.T. Communications Company
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Original release September 23 (1978-09-23) – September 30, 1978 (1978-09-30)

Apple Pie is an American sitcom that aired for only two episodes on ABC on September 23 and September 30, 1978.


Rue McClanahan starred as Ginger-Nell Hollyhock, a single and lonely hairdresser who lives in Kansas City, Missouri during the Great Depression year of 1933. When Ginger-Nell places classified ads in the local newspapers, she recruits a group of whacky relatives – a con-man husband, "Fast Eddie" Murtaugh; a tap-dancing daughter, Anna Marie Hollyhock; a son who wanted to fly like a bird, Junior Hollyhock; and a tottering old blind grandfather, Grandpa Hollyhock – all of whom come to live together for the laughs.[1]



Title Airdate
2"Fast Eddie Slows Down"September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23)
3"Ginger-Nell Goes Hollywood"September 30, 1978 (1978-09-30)
4"Rich Man, Poor Girl"UNAIRED
5"The Tornado"UNAIRED
6"Ginger-Nell Loses Her Touch"UNAIRED
7"A Man from Ginger-Nell's Past"UNAIRED
8"They Walk Among us"UNAIRED


When the sitcom Maude ended in April 1978, producer Norman Lear created Apple Pie as a star vehicle for Rue McClanahan, who had played Vivian Harmon on Maude. The show, however, was not well received and was canceled after two episodes, though eight had been filmed under the direction of Peter Bonerz.[2]

Apple Pie was broadcast Saturday nights on ABC at 8:30 p.m. during its brief two-week run. It was videotaped before a live audience at Metromedia Square in Hollywood, California.[3]


  1. Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (New York: Ballantine Books, 1979), 33.
  2. Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan. DVD. Directed by Lee Grant. 2000; (Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2005).
  3. Bob Leszczak, Single Season Sitcoms 1948–1979: A Complete Guide (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2012).

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