Episode 210: "Our Favorite Episodes of It’s A Living"

Life’s not the French Riviera; life’s not a charity ball…” – theme song by George Tipton & Leslie Bricusse Susan and Sharon wrap up their thoughts on “It’s A Living” with a global look at everything “IAL” -- from their favorite episodes to the amazing careers of the stars – and don't forget that unforgettable theme song! So, if you’ve ever wanted to hear Sharon sing “You Only Live Twice” – this is the episode for you!
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The Conversation

  • Whatever happened to TV theme songs?
  • “Above the Top” – is there really a restaurant on the top floor of the Bonaventure Hotel?
  • Why did Proctor & Gamble pull out as a sponsor after the very first episode?
  • OPERATION: SALAD STATION! Why is it in the break room? And where’s the sneeze guard?
  • The Weirdest Episode: where Jan dies giving birth, meets the “Angel of Death” – Danny Thomas – and strangest of all, gets three months off for maternity leave!
  • Susan Sullivan or Marian Mercer – who mothered the wild waitresses best?
  • Stu Silver or Jenna McMahon & Dick St.Clair or Paul Younger Witt and Tony Thomas: Who created the show – and who ran it?
  • RUN THE NUMBERS - How many female writers and directors did “It’s A Living” have? Maybe more than you think… (Including Neema Barnette – the first African American woman to direct a sitcom!)

So join Susan and Sharon as they talk pay phones, Sizzler, “Beauty and the Beast”, Burt Reynolds, the Bona Vista Lounge -- and safe gun storage!

Plus – fan shout-outs! And some big “Scarecrow & Mrs. King” news! And a salute to some 80’s TV Ladies we’ve lost this year…

BREAKING NEWS: 80’s TV Ladies has been nominated for three People’s Choice Podcast Awards! Check us out at Podcast Awards.

Our Audio-ography

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Learn about real-life safe gun storage at Be Smart For Kids and Moms Demand.


The 90s TV Babies have to watch the following episodes of “It’s a Living”

Season 1: Ep 1 & Ep 13

Season 3: Ep 2

Season 5: Ep 2

Season 6: Ep 1


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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 210: “Our Favorite Episodes of ‘It’s A Living’” Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2023 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.