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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).
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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.
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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).
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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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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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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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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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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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When Tommy graduated from high school, he went on to Arizona State University where he played for the basketball team.
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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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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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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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Earl was Tommy's basketball coach in high school.
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Diane Ladd, who who joined the cast in 1981 playing the role of "Belle" Dupree, originally Flo in the movie "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore".
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