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Lara Jill Miller
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
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This, and its sister show on CBS, One Day At a Time (1975), were considered by critics to be extremely important shows, both documenting, and promoting, Second Wave Feminism in the 1970s. See more »
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 »
I used to watch this show when I was a kid growing up and my mom and sister would watch too and we would always laugh when Flo told Mel, "KISS MY GRITS!!!!". If I was asked about my favorite of the cast, I wouldn't be able to choose. I think Vera is lovable and sweet but then Flo is also wild and lots of fun while Alice is level-headed, smart and has a great singing voice. There are several episodes that I love. For example the one where Alice tries out for a night club act at Disney World and Vera comes to the audition and while Alice is warming up her vocal chords Vera is accidentally mistaken for Alice and does her own audition. Alice then sings "Paper Moon" while the talent scout is yelling at someone on the phone and he somehow is still able to concentrate on her and gives her the contract. After she leaves we can hear Alice telling Vera in an excited screaming voice that she got it and the two of them start screaming joyously in the hall. It was funny but the best episode was the last of the series when they had a montage of the best episodes, and all the celebrity appearances. It was sad to see it go but I'll always remember it as one of the best shows on tv.
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