Question: I remember a show from the early '70s that starred Adam Arkin as a kid who was on his own for the first time. His apartment had wallpaper with ducks on it and Barbara Rhoades played the neighbor who lived across the hall from him. No one else seems to remember this show. Please help. If it helps, I think it was on Monday nights on CBS.
Answer: No one else remembers because you seem to have vacuumed up all the spare facts about the show, Chet. Impressive work; you make my job easy.
The CBS sitcom was called Busting Loose. It debuted on a Monday in January 1977 and did indeed star young Mr. Arkin (Baby Bob, Chicago Hope) as an engineering-school grad who moved away from the smothering love of mom (Pat Carroll) and dad (Jack Kruschen) and into his own dumpy apartment. Rhoades played his professional-escort neighbor, and Ralph Wilcox was the buddy who worked in the shoe store with him. (Arkin's character took a menial job to make ends meet.)
Unfortunately for all involved, the series didn't last a year it busted loose from the network's schedule in November.