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
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The diner works using three waitresses all of whom start at the exact same time of day. If Mel's is open early for breakfast and stays open to serve dinner that means that all three waitresses work 10-12 hour days, at least SIX days out of the week.
Even for a 1970s restaurant those types of hours would be excessive. Yet none of the waitresses complain about it in more than a comedic fashion. See more »
Here you have three waitresses that work in a small diner owned by Mel Sharpe. This spinoff of "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" is pretty funny most of the time... Meet Vera: Cute, naive, and "dingy." Then you have Flo: She is the true definition of country! & then there's Alice...Alice sweet Alice puts up with Mel's chauvinistic ways better than any other woman on TV. But I have to remember that this show was at a time when it was a "little" bit more accepted. With her son Tommy in their one bedroom apt, Alice, Vera, & Flo along with Mel made up a "Honeymooner's" type of fun. Later on, Flo (being the standout character) was given the greenlight on her on spinoff "Flo" & was replaced with Belle. Belle's firecracker attitude was a nice move for the show & the ratings never dropped severely (most shows do when someone leaves.) After a two year stay at the dinner, Belle turned in her apron & Jolene was hired. Nine years at Mel's came to end in 1985. Being that Vic Tayback passed away, I'm not sure we will see a reunion somewhere down the line...but it would be nice to hear Kiss My Grits from Flo just one more time! Z. 1-10 (8)
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