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 Alice Hyatt / ... (202 episodes, 1976-1985)
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 Vera Louise Gorman (202 episodes, 1976-1985)
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 Mel Sharples (201 episodes, 1976-1985)
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 Tommy Hyatt (108 episodes, 1976-1985)
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 Flo Castleberry (90 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Jolene Hunnicutt (90 episodes, 1981-1985)
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 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 teenaged 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 works at Mel's Diner as a waitress while awaiting her big break at fame. Alice's fellow waitresses are the raucous, red-headed Flo and the naive, temperamental, less attractive Vera. Flo is later replaced by Belle, a Southern blonde, who is herself soon replaced by the spunky, curly-haired Jolene. Alice and her friends experience several interesting years together at Mel's Diner, which is frequented by quirky truck drivers, 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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31 August 1976 (USA)  »

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Imbiß mit Biß  »

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(202 episodes) | (113 episodes)

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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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Vera Louise Gorman: [Repeated Line]
[about five seconds after realizing she's in a situation involving her and a motorized vehicle]
Vera Louise Gorman: Wait a minute. I don't know how to drive.
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Referenced in Growing Pains: Broadway Bound (1987) See more »

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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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Kiss My Grits!
27 August 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Not only did this show boast great writing and characters, but it also included a great list of guests as well. Desi Arnaz, Eve Arden, Art Carney, and Martha Raye were just some of the names to take a shot at Alice.

All the cast members played their characters to the hilt, especially Polly Holiday as Florence Jean Castleberry. Sadly, her series "Flo" did not do as well.

A great series well worth watching.


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