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 Kate McArdle (122 episodes, 1984-1989)
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 Allie Lowell / ... (122 episodes, 1984-1989)
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 Chip Lowell (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
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 Jennie Lowell (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
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 Emma McArdle / ... (90 episodes, 1984-1988)
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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 Phil Fernando

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19 March 1984 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Allie Lowell: [after joke has been successfully pulled] And people say I'm not the fun one.
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Referenced in The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story (2015) See more »

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A good quality show with a great cast!
19 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kate & Allie was one of my favorite shows when I grew up. It was also one of the few NYC based sitcoms filmed in New York City. Jane Curtin and Susan St. James play divorced best friends who live together after their divorces with their children in a Greenwich Village apartment. Of course, the apartment is unrealistically huge and is only affordable for the millionaires. The writing is genuinely funny and worth while to watch. It was one of the best comedies in the eighties. I remember when CBS's Monday Night was the place to be with shows like this on the air. Those days are long gone now.

As for the rumors that they were supposed to be a couple, maybe that would be on television today. Sadly, it's not uncommon for sisters with their children to live together. I always assumed that Kate and Allie were more like sisters rather than best friends.

Back in 1984, two divorced women living together with their children would not have sparked the controversy. They went to high school together and they dated men as well. Their arrangement was platonic but they were family without anything offensive. Maybe they should have written them as sisters to avoid the controversy. The network insisted the show ending with them going to separate beds at the end of each episode to avoid that speculation.


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