The misadventures and trials of an aspiring singer and her co-workers at a greasy-spoon diner.

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Robert Getchell
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Won 8 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Linda Lavin ...  Alice Hyatt / ... 202 episodes, 1976-1985
Vic Tayback ...  Mel Sharples 202 episodes, 1976-1985
Beth Howland ...  Vera Louise Gorman 202 episodes, 1976-1985
Philip McKeon ...  Tommy Hyatt / ... 171 episodes, 1976-1985
Polly Holliday ...  Flo Castleberry 90 episodes, 1976-1980
Celia Weston ...  Jolene Hunnicutt 90 episodes, 1981-1985
Marvin Kaplan ...  Henry 82 episodes, 1978-1985
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Storyline

A greasy-spoon diner in Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this long-running series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, is an aspiring singer who arrives in Phoenix with her teen-age son Tommy, after the death of her truck-driver husband. Alice is hired at a diner owned by Mel Sharples, a gravel-voiced, male-chauvinist fry cook. She waitresses at Mel's Diner while awaiting her big break. Her fellow waitresses are raucous redhead Flo and naïve Vera. Flo is later replaced by Southern blonde Belle, who is soon replaced by spunky curly-haired Jolene. Alice and her friends experience several interesting years together at Mel's Diner, which is frequented by quirky truckers, repairmen, and other blue-collar types, and by several Hollywood celebrities who appear as themselves. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Comedy

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TV-PG
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Whenever any of the waitresses disagreed with Mel, he would often tell them to "Stow it". See more »

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Phoenix, Arizona has some of the highest mean temperatures in the United States. Despite the series being set there, NONE of supporting characters are shown wearing short pants and the cast often dresses as if they were in a more temperate climate even in the middle of summer. See more »

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[recurring line Mel uses to tell Flo that her order is ready]
Mel Sharples: Flo, pick up!
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Featured in I Love the '80s Strikes Back: 1980 (2003) See more »

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I thought this was a great show!
22 March 2004 | by born1975See all my reviews

I thought this was such a great show. It always made me laugh and I thought that Flo's "Kiss My Grits" was a great line. I might not have enjoyed it had I been an adult when it was on, but I was a kid and I thought it was SO funny. I wish it was in reruns somewhere!! I remember that the cast was great and they seemed to compliment each other because each was funny in his or her own way. Mel was always saying something smart alecky to Vera or Flo or Alice and he had some great lines. I really think that Mel should win a TV Land Award next year for the meanest boss. And this show had the best theme song that is STILL stuck in my head after all of these years. I still remember every word of it to this day.


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Release Date:

31 August 1976 (USA) See more »

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Alice See more »

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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(202 episodes) | (113 episodes)
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