It's A Living

 (12)
198613+
The personal and professional lives of a group of spirited waitresses and their no-nonsense boss working in a swanky Los Angeles restaurant.
Starring
Gail EdwardsBarrie YoungfellowPaul Kreppel
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
This video is currently unavailable
to watch in your location
Add to Watchlist
Add to
Watchlist
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.com Services LLC.
Write review

  1. 1. Harassed
    This video is currently unavailable
    September 28, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Amy has a stalker, but the police won't take her seriously. Howard and Nancy battle it out over their fish supplier.
  2. 2. Cassie's Cowboy
    This video is currently unavailable
    October 5, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A millionaire cowboy shows a romantic interest in Cassie.
  3. 3. Amy Big Girl Now
    This video is currently unavailable
    October 12, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Amy's father comes to visit and tells her to come home. Above the Top hosts a weight loss group, including an old friend of Jan's, and the ladies' tips suffer as much as the newly bland dinners do.
  4. 4. Desperate Hours
    This video is currently unavailable
    October 19, 1985
    21min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    An ambassador is dining at the restaurant which excites Nancy and the others, however the night goes south when terrorists from the ambassador's home country take hostages.
  5. 5. I Write the Songs
    This video is currently unavailable
    October 26, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sonny is discovered by a record company executive and abruptly quits the restaurant.
  6. 6. Jan's Engagment
    This video is currently unavailable
    November 2, 1985
    21min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jan falls in love with a fan repairman; Amy schemes to get a day off to attend a rodeo.
  7. 7. From Russia with Love
    This video is currently unavailable
    November 9, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A Russian athlete falls for Cassie and decides to defect.
  8. 8. The Prom Show
    This video is currently unavailable
    November 16, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The restaurant is the venue for a prom but the band hired to perform does not show up.
  9. 9. The Wedding Show
    This video is currently unavailable
    November 23, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    It's Jan and Richie's wedding day but several issues put a damper on the festivities.
  10. 10. Eleven Angry Men and Dot
    This video is currently unavailable
    December 28, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dot is serving on a jury, which ends up being sequestered leaving the others shorthanded.
  11. 11. Hail to the Chef
    This video is currently unavailable
    December 21, 1985
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The President visits the restaurant.
  12. 12. Gender Gap
    This video is currently unavailable
    January 11, 1986
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The restaurant is hit with a discrimination suit for only having waitresses, which prompts Nancy to hire an obnoxious waiter.
  13. 13. Jealous Wife
    This video is currently unavailable
    January 18, 1986
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A woman accuses Cassie of stealing her husband.
  14. 14. The Doctor Danny Show
    This video is currently unavailable
    February 1, 1986
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nancy has a terrible hernia, but she won't get surgery. So her doctor keeps coming by the restaurant to convince her otherwise.
  15. 15. Jewel Heist
    This video is currently unavailable
    February 15, 1986
    21min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A princess is dining at the restaurant who turns out to be a target of jewel thieves.
  16. 16. The Jerks
    This video is currently unavailable
    February 22, 1986
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The girls share stories of their encounters with less than ideal men they've met over the years.
  17. 17. Oddest Couple
    This video is currently unavailable
    March 1, 1986
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Cassie stays at Sonny's place until she's ready to move into her new condo.
  18. 18. Dot's Puppy
    This video is currently unavailable
    April 12, 1986
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dot adopts a dog but finds that she can't keep it because her building doesn't allow pets.
  19. 19. Dinner with Deedee
    This video is currently unavailable
    May 3, 1986
    21min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jan's high school rival visits the restaurant leaving Jan feeling insecure so she stretches the truth on how her life has turned out.
  20. 20. Jump
    This video is currently unavailable
    May 10, 1986
    21min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    One of Dot's classmates in her acting class threatens to jump out one of the restaurant's windows unless she does a scene with him. Meanwhile, Cassie is audited by the IRS, and Amy is studying to get a California drivers license.
  21. 21. America's Sweetheart
    This video is currently unavailable
    May 17, 1986
    22min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jan sets Dot up with a friend of Richie's, a comic strip artist, who creates a new character based on Dot.
  22. 22. Mann Act
    This video is currently unavailable
    May 24, 1986
    20min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sonny has a fear of the girl he dated the night before is Big Joe's girl. So fearing his death he starts writing his will, & In a retrospective, he remembers Dot, Cassie, Amy, Nancy, Howard & Jan's best attributes.

More details

Directors
Jay SandrichJ.D. Lobue
Supporting actors
Crystal BernardSheryl Lee RalphAnn Jillian
Producers
Paul Junger WittTony Thomas
Season year
1986
Network
Stadium Media TV
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

12 global ratings

  1. 88% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 0% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 0% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 12% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 0% of reviews have 1 stars
Write a customer review
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United States

Erik WeinkeReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Writing was problematic...
Verified purchase
...Episodes 3 and 12 are the most insensitively written episodes of television I've ever watched...*SPOILERS*...
First, Episode 3, "Amy Big Girl Now" with 1/3rd subplot about Amy's dad wanting her to return home to Texas, while the rest of the show finds 2/3rds of it's humor at the expense of a restaurant full of overweight patrons staying in the hotel for a week-long weight loss. There's no redemption written with any of the cast in mind as they fat shame a frustrated, obese clientele with the uncommon inability to understand the discomfort of being overweight. A majority of the time the overweight cast are caricatures played by plus size character actors, except for one promising moment between Jan and a patron, recognizing the woman as a beautiful girl Jan once went to school with only for the woman's weight gain to be the punchline. Jan can barely work through her embarrassment and walks away from it no more enlightened then she was before. The episode ends on a throwaway positive note...but I would expect nothing more since it's genesis seemed to stem from an obvious phobia the writer couldn't fully work out through in his script.
Several episodes later, the sitcom insensitively tries to handle the subject of gender reassessment in episode 12 "Gender Gap'. In this episode, Sonny meets a woman whom Nancy recognizes as a man she once dated, that has has since had a sex change operation. It's not so much Sonny's typical ignorant reaction to this that is the problem but how the ensemble of women we've come to know and like as rather open 'every-women' discuss the irony of Sunny's situation like they're a group of mean girls written with a blatant disregard for someone's difference for yet again, a laugh...a cheap one.
Those episodes aside, pushed way aside, a majority of the episodes are enjoyable as I remember and we at least get to experience Ann Jillian as Cassie Cranston one more season before, in real life, she takes an acting hiatus to fight breast cancer and embrace motherhood. Jan's finding love in the series is sweet, I just wish we could have seen more of Richard Kline. The show always seemed to introduce Jan's family here and there only for them to not show up again for the remainder of the series. Crystal Bernard is a nice addition, but I like her in the mix with Jan, Dot and Ginger, once Sheryl Lee Ralph makes a splash in the next season. It's nice to see comedic gold in Paul Kroepel (Sunny) and Marian Mercer (Nancy), and for the show to finally find a head chef in Richard Stahl who will last for the remainder of the series. I am looking forward to Season 4, as soon as Amazon releases it.
One person found this helpful
JacqueReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Life is not the French Rivera!
Verified purchase
I Iobes this show in the 80’s so gals it is FINALLY available!
KaseyGReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ann Jillian's Last Season
Three years after ABC cancelled the show, IT’S A LIVING was one of the first sitcoms to find new life in the first-run syndication market. Back in the ‘80s, this trend gave a second chance to shows the networks had axed, like TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, 9 TO 5, CHARLES IN CHARGE, PUNKY BREWSTER, and the most successful—MAMA’S FAMILY.

This third incarnation of the show is the best of the “new era” that ran for four more seasons. Louise Lasser and Earl Boen are gone, and in their place are newcomers Crystal Bernard as country bumpkin “Amy Tompkins”, who fills the ditsy waitress role vacated by Lasser, and Richard Stahl as “Howard”, easily the best and funniest of the three chefs to appear on the series. His antagonistic ways with Nancy (the great Marian Mercer) are a hoot, as she pines for him in a way that is kind of like a G-rated version of The Ropers from THREE’S COMPANY.

Having Season 3 for download means that all the Ann Jillian episodes are now available. When the series was resurrected, Jillian only agreed to one season (probably as a favor to the producers to get the show “up and running” again, since hers was the breakout character). Behind the scenes, she was undergoing a very public battle with breast cancer and had gained weight since the ABC era. So “Cassie” is not portrayed as the sexpot she was in the beginning. She still has a razor-sharp tongue, but she’s softened her edges in the interim. The show won’t be the same when she’s gone next season.

My favorite episode of the season is “Gender Gap” which Logo TV won’t run these days because it’s not politically correct (get over it). The A and B stories in this episode kind of dovetail in a way that didn’t always happen in the scripts. Nancy must fire one waitress and hire a waiter to avoid a sex discrimination lawsuit; while Sonny’s unaware that he's dating a transsexual, played by Fern Fitzgerald "Merilee Stone" on DALLAS (but the girls know). The plots this year are more adventurous than they were during the ABC run, and feature more serious topics like stalkers, jewel heists and hostage situations in the restaurant (look for a pre-SEINFELD Michael Richards playing one of the terrorists).

The cast is energized, the sets looks brighter and cheerier than they did in the ABC years, Sonny has trimmed back the '70s afro, and the show hasn’t yet become as formulaic as it will when Sheryl Lee Ralph shows up, so enjoy these 22 episodes of a great harmless, guilty pleasure from the ‘80s!

**NOTE: Episode 9 "The Wedding Show" is mistakenly replaced here with Season 2's "The Wedding". If you are looking for Season 3's "The Wedding Show" you will find it listed in Season 2 instead as Amazon has mixed up the two episodes**.
One person found this helpful
See all reviews