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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 daughter. They form a unique kind of family unit in this comedy from the 1980s. Written by
I watched the premiere of Kate & Allie in March of 1984 (along w/ Martin Mull's less spectacular "Domestic Life") and in just the first episode I found a funny intelligent sitcom that was not "cute kids and confused adults".
It wasn't preachy (Cosby Show),nor was it silly. The kids had brains but still acted like normal everyday kids/teens. Jane Curtain and Susan Saint James are perfectly cast to play two single,intelligent women who,while they do date,are not preoccupied by "finding a man".
I would say this has to be one of the greatest shows that CBS had to offer after the end of it's 1970's triumphs. Newhart was great too but it was too easy to compare it to his original. Designing Women was 2 seasons away so,in between is Kate & Allie.
The most unforgettable episode is when Allie gets stuck across town somehow with no money and no way home. She ends up walking home nearly 100 block,looking a mess which makes people think she's a homeless woman. That show was partially filmed in the actual city of New York,which made it all the more amazing. That's an Emmy winning idea if I ever heard one.
You could have knocked me over with a breath when it was canceled in 1989! Yes,6 seasons but in real time only 5 years and 2 months? It seemed they had so much more to say about these characters. Especially with Chip growing up.
One of my favorites is when Allie has to talk to Chip about sex and Chip becomes horrified & embarrassed that his mother not only knows these things but can say them out loud and has engaged in it. I love his line at the end of that scene after she leaves. "My mother said "condom"! " That's a classic! ...and so is this show and just like someone else mentioned,why is this not in reruns? ..or on DVD? This was and is quality television! A 10 star rating all the way!
5/18/2006: Kate and Allie,Season 1,is now out on DVD! (Fall 2006:Can now be seen on the " I. " Network.
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