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

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Series cast summary:
...  Alice Hyatt / ... 202 episodes, 1976-1985
...  Vera Louise Gorman 202 episodes, 1976-1985
...  Mel Sharples 201 episodes, 1976-1985
...  Tommy Hyatt 108 episodes, 1976-1985
...  Flo Castleberry 90 episodes, 1976-1980
...  Jolene Hunnicutt 90 episodes, 1981-1985
...  Henry 82 episodes, 1978-1985
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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 teenaged 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, temperamental, less attractive 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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31 August 1976 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The show may have been loosely based on "Mel's Diner" at 1747 NW Grand Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. However, nothing but the lighted sign with the coffee cup was used. Nothing about the set (staged and filmed in Burbank, California) 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". 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

Vera Louise Gorman: [Repeated Line]
[about five seconds after realizing she's in a situation involving her and a motorized vehicle]
Vera Louise Gorman: Wait a minute. I don't know how to drive.
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Version of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) See more »

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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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Watched as a child
10 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was one of those shows that I watched when I was very young and television was one of my close personal friends.

I have fond memories of this show and actually give it credit for roughing some of the edges on the blade of wit and humor that keeps me armed to this date.

While I look back on the show with very fond memories, lots of laughter, and a certain childhood happiness, I have since found other shows and other things in life that indicate to me that this wasn't really the best show in the world.

I can't see myself watching it anymore, but I want to give it credit for the good times and it's ability to make me happy when I was younger. I agree with another poster who noted that this show was fairly innocent in it's comments and thus would appeal to me if a younger crowd was looking for humor without some of the nasty stuff evident in much of today's media. Give this show a shot if you find a chance.


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