This long running television show was a major hit back in the day. The show was a re-working of the film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore". Where that film dealt with how life is hard for single woman with no skills. This show was just another typical situation comedy. Where the first 2 season were watchable and funny the show became worse after actress Polly Holiday left for her own spin off show called "FLO". That show failed and they should of brought back "Polly" but they didn't.
What we got was the original actress that played Flo (Diane Lane) but she plays a different character on this show. Sh lasted one year. Then we got another actress Celia Weston who came aboard and stayed for rest of the shows run.
One actress who popped up now and again was Martha Raye. She played Mel's mother. In real life when Vic Tayback was ill and was sidelined for several episodes Martha was brought in. This led to one of the worse television episodes of all time.
This episode called "The Over the Hill girls". It revolves around the fact Carrie (Martha Raye) and Alice can't get a singing job because they are thought to be too old!
In this episode is was all to apparent that it was a vanity episode to allow the shows lead (Linda Lavin) to sing. That would of been okay but also allowed Martha Raye to sing as well. In this episode they do a duet of the song "Do You Think I'm Sexy'?
Imagine a middle aged woman and an old woman singing the lyrics "If you want my body and you think I'm sexy"! Yes its enough for you to throw up for weeks. The episode was awful but it makes all the other episodes seem like they were written by Shakespeare.
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