23 March 1979
| 6.9/10 |
1 February 1979
| Mark Rothman
"Makin' It" performed by David Naughton
American Broadcasting Company
David Naughton, Greg Antonacci, Denise Miller, Ellen Travolta, Rebecca Balding
Out of the Blue, Blansky's Beauties, Angie, The Family Man, Going Places
Makin' It is an American sitcom starring David Naughton that aired for nine episodes on Fridays at 8:00PM on ABC from February 1 to March 23, 1979. It also aired in the United Kingdom on ITV from March 21, 1979.
In 2002, TV Guide ranked it number 40 on its TV Guide's 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time list.
Makin' It (TV series) Wikipedia
The show was set in Passaic, New Jersey, and was about the daily life of Billy Manucci, a young man who frequented the local disco club, Inferno, at night while working at an ice cream parlor called Tasty Treats during the day. Manucci was highly influenced by the disco craze and the movie Saturday Night Fever specifically.
Makin' It had the misfortune of coming to air near the end of the disco fad as backlash against the disco culture (such as the one portrayed in the show) was rising in the United States, culminating in Disco Demolition Night in the summer of 1979. As such, it lasted only eight weeks on air before being canceled.
Robert Stigwood, the producer of Saturday Night Fever as well as the Bee Gees' manager, was involved in the show's creation, as was Garry Marshall. The theme song, sung by David Naughton, reached #5 on the Billboard Top 40 charts in 1979. It entered the Top 40 on May 12, nearly two months after the show had been canceled. The song was also featured in the Bill Murray movie Meatballs as well as the GameCube dance game MC Groovz Dance Craze.David Naughton – Billy Manucci
Greg Antonacci – Tony Manucci
Denise Miller – Tina Manucci
Ellen Travolta – Dorothy Manucci
Lou Antonio – Joseph Manucci
Ralph Seymour – Al "Kingfish" Sorrentino
Rebecca Balding – Corky Crandall
Jennifer Perito – Ivy Papastegios
Gary Prendergast – Bernard Fusco
Wendy Hoffman – Suzanne
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