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Alice (1976–1985)

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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, ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 Alice Hyatt (202 episodes, 1976-1985)
Beth Howland ...
 Vera Louise Gorman (202 episodes, 1976-1985)
 Mel Sharples (200 episodes, 1976-1985)
 Tommy Hyatt (108 episodes, 1976-1985)
 Flo Castleberry (90 episodes, 1976-1980)
 Jolene Hunnicutt (90 episodes, 1981-1985)
 Henry (82 episodes, 1978-1985)


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)  »

Also Known As:

Imbiß mit Biß  »

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Did You Know?


Flo's favorite expression was "Kiss my grits!" See more »


[repeated line]
Mel Sharples: You stow it!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers (2013) See more »


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 (United States) – See 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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