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Alice 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1976–1985)
The misadventures and trials of an aspiring singer and her co-workers at a greasy-spoon diner.

Creator:

Robert Getchell
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1985   1984   1983   1982   1981   1980   … See all »
Won 8 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Linda Lavin ...  Alice Hyatt / ... 202 episodes, 1976-1985
Beth Howland ...  Vera Louise Gorman 202 episodes, 1976-1985
Vic Tayback ...  Mel Sharples 201 episodes, 1976-1985
Philip McKeon ...  Tommy Hyatt 109 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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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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Trivia

Earl was Tommy's basketball coach in high school. See more »

Goofs

The diner works using three waitresses all of whom start at the exact same time of day. If Mel's is open early for breakfast and stays open to serve dinner that means that all three waitresses work 10-12 hour days, at least SIX days out of the week. Even for a 1970s restaurant those types of hours would be excessive. Yet none of the waitresses complain about it in more than a comedic fashion. See more »

Quotes

Florence Jean Castleberry: When donkeys fly!
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Connections

Referenced in Growing Pains: Broadway Bound (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a New Girl in Town
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Linda Lavin
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Watched as a child
10 September 2006 | by buddhadan-1See all my reviews

This was one of those shows that I watched when I was very young and television was one of my close personal friends.

I have fond memories of this show and actually give it credit for roughing some of the edges on the blade of wit and humor that keeps me armed to this date.

While I look back on the show with very fond memories, lots of laughter, and a certain childhood happiness, I have since found other shows and other things in life that indicate to me that this wasn't really the best show in the world.

I can't see myself watching it anymore, but I want to give it credit for the good times and it's ability to make me happy when I was younger. I agree with another poster who noted that this show was fairly innocent in it's comments and thus would appeal to me if a younger crowd was looking for humor without some of the nasty stuff evident in much of today's media. Give this show a shot if you find a chance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(202 episodes) | (113 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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