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Angie (ABC Sitcom, Donna Pescow, Robert Hays)



Sitcom. Waitress Angie Falco Benson has her life changed when she falls in love with and marries Brad Benson, one of the richest men in Philadelphia.

Cinderella-story comedy about a pert young waitress who finds her handsome–and rich–young prince. When Brad Benson first walked into the Liberty Coffee Shop, Angie thought he was poor and began slipping him pastries. It turned out he was not only a pediatrician from the medical building across the street, bus scion of one of Philadelphia’s richest families.

They fell in love and were married, much to the dismay of Brad’s overbearing big sister, Joyce, and stuffy father, Randall, and to the bemusement of Angie’s down-to-earth mama, Theresa. Mr. Falco had walked out 19 years earlier–“He went to get the paper”–but Theresa still kept a place at the table for him. She had raised Angie and younger sister Marie by running a newstand. The Bensons had a different set of problems. Snobbish Joyce was three times divorced and undergoing therapy with a psychiatrist who hated her. DiDi was Angie’s big-hearted, big-mouthed best friend at the coffee shop, and Phipps was the butler.

The newlyweds moved into Brad’s mansion, but the palatial surrounding were too much so they later bought a smaller house, where Brad set up his practice on the first floor. At first Angie bought the coffee shop, to keep herself busy, but later she traded it for a beauty parlor, where Gianni was the pleasure-seeking hairstylist.

Cast: DONNA PESCOW as Angie Falco Benson / ROBERT HAYS as Brad Benson / DORIS ROBERTS as Theresa Falco / DEBRALEE SCOTT as Marie Falco / SHARON SPELMAN as Joyce Benson / JOHN RANDOLPH as Randall Benson / DIANE ROBIN as Diedre ‘Di Di’ Malloy / TAMMY LAUREN as Hillary (1979) / EMORY BASS as Phipps / VALRI BRAMFIELD as Mary Mary / SUSAN DUVALL as Mary Grace / NANCY LANE as Mary Katherine / TIM THOMERSON as Gianni

Theme Music: Different Worlds by Gimbel and Fox / Sung by Maureen McGovern / Executive Producer: Leonora Thuna

USA / ABC / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 8 February 1979 – 2 October 1980