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Alice (TV Series 1976–1985) Poster

(1976–1985)

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The shot of the station wagon during the show's opening credits is from Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).
Diane Ladd, who played Flo in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), joined the cast in the fourth season as Belle Dupree. The new character served as a replacement for Flo (Polly Holliday) who left for her own series Flo (1980).
The actual restaurant building, that this show is based on is located in Phoenix, Arizona, at 1747 NW Grand Ave. It is currently called Pat's Family Restaurant. It was known as "Mel's Diner", from 1976 to 1985.
Tommy was originally played by Alfred Lutter III, (who played the role in the film). He was later replaced by Philip McKeon, actress Nancy McKeon's older brother. Nancy and Philip Mckeon (I)' acted together on two shows of Alice. Nancy McKeon is best known for her humorous role, on The Facts of Life (1979), as Jo Polniaczek.
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When Diane Ladd left the series, her absence was explained by having Belle finally sell one of her songs and moving away to become a professional songwriter.
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Allegedly Linda Lavin had trouble getting along with her co-stars, which is why both Polly Holiday and Diane Ladd left the show.
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The favorite dish at Mel's Diner was chili. Art Carney appeared in an episode, where Mel tries to market his chili commercially.
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Mel's nickname for Vera was "Dinghy".
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Mel's nickname for Jolene was "Blondie".
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Henry's wife Chloe was talked about for years before she was finally seen. In her only appearance she was played by Ruth Buzzi.
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Flo's favorite expression was "Kiss my grits!"
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Whenever any of the waitresses disagreed with Mel, he would often tell them to "Stow it".
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The shows theme song was sung by leading role actress, "Alice Hyatt", Linda Lavin.
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The show may have been loosely based on "Mel's Diner" on NW Grand Ave in Phoenix, Arizona. However, nothing but the lighted sign with the coffee cup was used. Nothing about the set (staged and filmed in Burbank, CA) is even close to the diner's actual interior layout. "Pat's Family Diner" was the original name and since then, has been re-named, "Mel's Diner".
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There was an agreement among the writers of this show that if they found themselves in a joke that they couldn't get out of they would just give one of the characters a funny costume or a funny hat.
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During the opening credits to the last season an outtake is shown revealing Linda Lavin breaking character and laughing while playing Mrs. Walden.
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Mel's Diner is called "Mel and Ruby's Diner" in the first episode which was the name of the diner in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).
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In Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), the diner was in Tucson, Arizona. But for the weekly series, it was re-located, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Nancy McKeon, who is Phillip McKeon's sister, makes a guest appearance on Alice before going on to star in Facts of Life.
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Alice's husband was portrayed violent and abusive in the film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"(1974). Flashbacks involving the husband and Alice's conversations about the husband referred to him being abusive. Any references to Alice's husband being abusive were erased from the TV show, though, because it was decided that this would alienate the viewers and detract from Alice's everywoman quality.
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The title of the last episode of "Family Ties" is "Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore", of course a pun on " Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore".
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When Tommy graduated from high school, he went on to Arizona State University where he played for the basketball team.
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Vic Tayback and Diane Ladd were the only series regulars that were in the movie. Alfred Lutter, who played Tommy in the movie, also appeared in the pilot, but then was replaced by Doug McKeon by the second episode. Diane Ladd, who played Flo in the movie, briefly played Belle in the series. And Mel was always played by Vic Tayback.
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"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" was supposed to be an Oscar vehicle for Ellen Burnstyn, hot of her success from "The Exorcist". It worked: Burnstyn won the Oscar, and the success of this movie fueled more women's movies and TV shows, including the long running spinoff of this movie, "Alice" (1976).
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Earl was Tommy's basketball coach in high school.
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Diane Ladd, who who joined the cast in 1980 playing the role of "Belle" Dupree, originally was Flo in the movie "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore".
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Martin Scorsese directed Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
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Phillip McKeon was actually the second person to play Tommy on the show Alice. Alfred Lutter, who portrayed Tommy in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the original film that Alice the tv series was based on, reprised his role for the pilot episode of Alice. After that he was quickly replaced by Phillip McKeon.
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This and it's sister show on CBS "One Day At a Time" were considered by critics to be extremely important shows both documenting and promoting Second Wave Feminism in the 70s.
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Linda Lavin won a Golden Globe for her performance on this show.
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Laura Dern makes a brief appearance in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore".
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