The mother on One Day at a Time: She seemed selfish and self centered. Her motivation for divorce lacked some depth, from what I have seen most recently (only the first season on DVD saw the rest when I was akid though) What annoys me is she leaned on and used and totally destroyed this great guy that helped her and loved her in the first season, not the ex, I think he was a lawyer. It all seemed to be about her and nobody else in the way she handled things.
Should have given my assent on this one much sooner because yes, this is why "One Day At A Time" is yet another unwatchable Lear sitcom for me. The only thing I could figure out was that MIZ Romano had just decided to one day get a divorce because she was now totally into feminist doctrine. Her ex-husband was never depicted as having done anything wrong to merit that, it was just giving us the gimmick of "Let's do a sitcom about a divorced woman with teen kids" which had never been done before and never mind the fact that the whole premise behind it was totally ridiculous (I suppose if they had established her ex-husband as a drunken abusive lout or something like that, it would have made it difficult to sell the show as a comedy)
And has anyone ever commented on the fact that Bonnie Franklin was only 31 years old when she was cast as a mother of two teenaged children?? They did later establish I think that she got married at 17, but even then it was still a stretch (to show how they were determined to not cast someone the right age for this role, I have read that before they went with Franklin, they wanted Jo Ann Pflug who turned it down).
Pat Harrington's Schneider I'll admit did become something of a TV icon in that era, but that in itself revealed how the show's lead was ultimately the weak link of the show overall. It's amazing they got 11 years out of it but the fact that it's had no afterlife of note says something about it's shelf life.