20 January 1973
| 8.6/10 |
21 April 1973
| For the Love of Ada by Vince Powell &
J. Patrick O'Malley
American Broadcasting Company
Shirley Booth, J Pat O'Malley, Warren Berlinger, Marian Mercer
Whoops Baghdad, Teddy Edward, For the Love of Ada, Hazel, The New Dick Van Dyke Show
A Touch of Grace is an American sitcom that was based on the British series For the Love of Ada starring Shirley Booth and J. Patrick O'Malley centering on a widow who moves in with her daughter and son-in-law and her romantic relationship with an elderly man. It aired on ABC from January 20 to April 21, 1973.
Shirley Booth...Grace Simpson
J. Patrick O'Malley...Herbert Morrison
Warren Berlinger...Walter Bradley
Marian Mercer...Myra Bradley
A Touch of Grace Wikipedia
Recently widowed, in her 60s, living off her Social Security checks, and struggling to make a new life for herself, Grace Simpson moves in with her daughter and son-in-law, Myra and Walter Bradley. Grace is perky and young at heart, in sharp contrast to the stodgy and conservative Myra and Walter, and her presence disrupts their lives. Although Grace dates a lot, her steady boyfriend is Herbert Morrison, who works as a gravedigger. Myra and Walter disapprove of Grace's relationship with Herbert.
A Touch of Grace marked the return of Shirley Booth to television after the end of her long and successful run as the star of Hazel from 1961 to 1966, and it was also her last television series. Saul Turteltaub was the executive producer of the sbow, and Bernie Orenstein produced it. Episode directors included Carl Reiner and Bill Hobin. Writers included Turteltaub, Orenstein, Jeff Harris, Rick Mittleman, Bernie Kukoff, David Pollock, Elias Davis, and George Tibbles.
A Touch of Grace was based on the 1970-1971 British television series For the Love of Ada. It was an unusual show for its time, as it focused on an older couple falling in love at a time when American television networks were relentlessly pursuing a youthful viewership demographic. Critics viewed it as well written and well acted, and a good showcase for Shirley Booth's talents without the silliness of Hazel.
A Touch of Grace premiered on ABC on January 20, 1973. It faced tough competition in its time slot from CBS's All in the Family and drew low ratings despite its critical acclaim. It was cancelled after the broadcast of its thirteenth episode on April 21, 1973. The show aired at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday throughout its run.
ABC broadcast reruns of the show in prime time on Saturday evenings on April 28, 1973, and from May 12 to June 16, 1973.