Love, American Style entertained viewers with stories about common people finding love in all walks of life. In this anthology series, each hour-long broadcast consisted of a group of vignettes, aired sequentially and separately and each with an introductory title card. Normally there were three or four vignettes to a show, although occasionally there were as few as one or as many as five.
Short blackout skits would be shown in between segments whenever time allowed. The skits featured a recurring cast of players which included James Hampton, best known as Hannibal Dobbs from F Troop, and veteran character actor Stuart Margolin, brother of executive producer Arnold Margolin. The syndication rerun package consisted of 30-minute broadcasts that were edited from the original hour-long broadcasts, except for those which aired in the first half of season 2, which ran in a 30-minute time slot.
The show never ranked above #25 in the Nielsen Ratings.
Time slots that Love, American Style originally aired in:
September 29, 1969 to January 12, 1970: Mondays, 10:00 to 11:00.
January 23, 1970 to September 18, 1970: Fridays, 10:00 to 11:00.
September 25, 1970 to January 15, 1971: Fridays, 9:30 to 10:00.
January 22, 1971 to January 11, 1974: Fridays 10:00 to 11:00.
In 1970, the show received a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Show in a Musical or Comedy. It also won two Emmys for Charles Fox's musical compositions and was nominated for two more. The theme song was originally sung by the pop group, the Cowsills, but later replaced by an uptempo version, credited to the "Love American Style Singers."
There was a short-lived revival in 1986 called The New Love, American Style, which aired on ABC's daytime schedule.
One of the segments, "Love and the Happy Days," spawned a successful spin-off series, Happy Days.