Apple Pie (TV series)
Apple Pie promotional photo
|Created by||Norman Lear|
|Directed by||Peter Bonerz|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (6 unaired)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||T.A.T. Communications Company|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||September 23 – 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.
- Rue McClanahan as Ginger-Nell Hollyhock
- Dabney Coleman as "Fast Eddie" Murtaugh
- Jack Gilford as Grandpa Hollyhock
- Caitlin O'Heaney as Anna Marie Hollyhock
- Derrel Maury as Junior Hollyhock
|2||"Fast Eddie Slows Down"||September 23, 1978|
|3||"Ginger-Nell Goes Hollywood"||September 30, 1978|
|4||"Rich Man, Poor Girl"||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.
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (New York: Ballantine Books, 1979), 33.
- Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan. DVD. Directed by Lee Grant. 2000; (Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2005).
- Bob Leszczak, Single Season Sitcoms 1948–1979: A Complete Guide (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2012).