Fresh off her success in Saturday Night Fever and long before her turn as Evie’s mom on the syndicated Out of this World, Donna Pescow took on the title role opposite a pre-Airplane! Robert Hays in the ABC sitcom Angie.
Pescow was a working-class coffee shop waitress from an Italian family who falls in love with Hays, a blue-blooded pediatrician from the other side of the Philly tracks. Rounding out the cast of culture-clashers were Sharon Spelman as Brad’s uppity sister Joyce, Debralee Scott as Angie’s daffy, accident-prone sister Marie, and a pre-Everybody Loves Raymond Doris Roberts playing pretty much the exact same mother character she went on to win three Emmys for, but with red hair instead of gray, and no Peter Boyle sitting in a chair taking pot shots at her.
The theme song for Angie, Entitled “Different Worlds” is probably better remembered than the series itself. It was written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel who, individually and together, were responsbile for the themes to Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Paper Chase, and Wonder Woman as well as Roberta Flack’s 1973 Grammy-winning song “Killing Me Softly with His Song.” Sung by Maureen McGovern, the radio release of “Different Worlds” cracked the Top 40 on the Pop chart and spent two weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, whatever the hell that is.
After a very successful first season, Angie was shifted from following Mork & Mindy on Thursday nights to following Happy Days on Tuesday nights, and failed to live up to network expectations, despite sophisticated gags like this:
After two seasons and thirty-something episodes, poor little Angie got the ax. I would guess that viewers mourned the loss of the theme song more than the show itself. I know I did. I really miss television that spells everything out for you in the opening credits.
1.) Brad and Angie are perfect for each other!
2.) Brad and Angie have eccentric relatives!
3.) If birds fly near you in an open area, your outfit and all the birthday presents you just bought are ruined!
4.) It’s always sunny in Philadelphia!
5.) Balloons are pretty when they’re different colors and in a great big bunch!
6.) Women should NOT be trusted with food (Salt, apples, pretzels, roast turkey and… Ahh!! Watch out for that wacky whipped cream cannister!)
Click below the hear “Different Worlds” and see more Angie-related shenanigans.