02-28-2002, 11:07 AM
I watched this show just like every other young teenager in the 70's because of Julie, Barbara and their cool clothes. But I had a real love-hate relationship with it - the character of Ann Romano got on my nerves and just didn't ring true for me. Mothers didn't drag their children away from home just because they felt stifled as homemakers. If they were that unhappy, they sucked it up until at least the children were through school. I thought she was a flake and a poor example and this was when I was 14! And then on a much later episode, after both girls were married, she whined to her boyfriend that he took care of his ex-wife but no one ever took care of her! I saw this one in reruns and remember thinking "be careful what you wish for. You made your bed, now like in it!" I'm not sure why a sitcom character elicited such a strong reaction from me but it did.