Kate & Allie (1984–1989)

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When Allie Lowell divorces her husband and gets custody of their two children, she moves to New York City and moves in with her best friend, Kate McArdle, also divorced and raising a ... See full summary »


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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
 Kate McArdle (122 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Allie Lowell / ... (122 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Chip Lowell (98 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Jennie Lowell (95 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Emma McArdle / ... (87 episodes, 1984-1988)


When Allie Lowell divorces her husband and gets custody of their two children, she moves to New York City and moves in with her best friend, Kate McArdle, also divorced and raising a daughter. They form a unique kind of family unit in this comedy from the 1980s. Written by Phil Fernando

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Release Date:

19 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aline et Cathy  »

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Allison Smith was a veteran Broadway musical stage performer before she was cast in the series. One episode allowed her to sing by having her character audition for and be hired as the singer of the pop band. The song she sang was "Goodbye to You" by Scandal. See more »


Jennie Lowell: [Allie and Jennie are concluding a talk about sex] What you're saying is that I should wait.
Allie Lowell: Definitely, yes.
Jennie Lowell: But that the choice is mine.
Allie Lowell: Unfortunately, yes.
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Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Harry Anderson/Bryan Adams (1985) See more »


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Performed by John Loeffler
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Finally a sitcom that deals with adults!
1 November 1998 | by (Randaberg, Norway) – See all my reviews

I first stumbled across KATE & ALLIE back in 1988, when the series was being transmitted by our national broadcasting service. At first I didn´t find the premise all that promising - two divorced mothers and their respective offspring sharing an apartment and their lives in New York.

I must have watched the initial episode at least 12 times before I decided to keep the recording.

What made me change my mind? First of all, there were the sterling performances by most of the actors, Jane Curtin and Susan St. James in particular. Slowly I began to appreciate that this series was not only funny, it dealt with real, everyday issues in a non-preachy way.

And finally - what REALLY convinced of me of the show´s high quality was the Queen of Deadpan herself, Jane Curtin. (So called by John Lithgow, her co-star in the current hit series "3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, no less!) She can make even duff lines shine with her spot-on delivery.

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