The misadventures and trials of an aspiring singer and her co-workers at a greasy spoon diner.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Linda Lavin ...  Alice Hyatt / ... 202 episodes, 1976-1985
Beth Howland ...  Vera Louise Gorman 202 episodes, 1976-1985
Vic Tayback ...  Mel Sharples 201 episodes, 1976-1985
Philip McKeon ...  Tommy Hyatt 108 episodes, 1976-1985
Polly Holliday ...  Flo Castleberry 90 episodes, 1976-1980
Celia Weston ...  Jolene Hunnicutt 90 episodes, 1981-1985
Marvin Kaplan ...  Henry 82 episodes, 1978-1985
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Storyline

A greasy-spoon diner in Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this long-running series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, is an aspiring singer who arrives in Phoenix with her teen-aged son, Tommy, after the death of her truck-driver husband. Alice is hired at a diner owned by Mel Sharples, a gravel-voiced, male-chauvinist fry cook. She works at Mel's Diner as a waitress while awaiting her big break at fame. Alice's fellow waitresses are the raucous, red-headed Flo and the naive Vera. Flo is later replaced by Belle, a Southern blonde, who is herself soon replaced by the spunky, curly-haired Jolene. Alice and her friends experience several interesting years together at Mel's Diner, which is frequented by quirky truck drivers, repairmen, and other blue collar types and by several Hollywood celebrities, who appear as themselves. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imbiß mit Biß See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(202 episodes) | (113 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The actual restaurant building, on which this show is based, is located at 1747 NW Grand Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. It is currently called Pat's Family Restaurant. It was known as "Mel's Diner", from 1976 to 1985. Google Earth's ground view still shows the name as "Mel's Diner". See more »

Goofs

Phoenix, Arizona has some of the highest mean temperatures in the United States. Despite the series being set there, NONE of supporting characters are shown wearing short pants and the cast often dresses as if they were in a more temperate climate even in the middle of summer. See more »

Quotes

Florence Jean Castleberry: When donkeys fly!
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Connections

Referenced in Death of a Shoe Salesman (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a New Girl in Town
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Linda Lavin
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Likeable little show
23 May 2002 | by Typing_awaySee all my reviews

I used to watch this show when I was a kid. Since then, I've rarely seen it in re-runs, even though my cable system has over a hundred channels. Anyway, "Alice" was a nice, enjoyable little show that lost a lot of steam after Polly Holiday (Flo) left to pursue her own sitcom. I really think Flo was the most interesting character. The producers of "Alice" replaced her with similar characters, but none were as good.


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