"Alice" is a classic American situation comedy that aired in prime time for nine seasons. The namesake of the show is a widowed waitress named Alice Hyatt who is singlehandedly raising her son. Alice works at a restaurant near Phoenix, Arizona named Mel's Diner.
Mel's Diner is a greasy spoon type of eatery that is owned by a man named Mel Sharples. Mel is the cook at the diner and he is usually dressed in white kitchen pants and a white T-shirt.
The character of Alice is played by Linda Lavin and Mel Sharples is played by Vic Tayback. There is plenty of sarcastic interaction between Alice and Mel but they actually do like each other.
Alice works hard at the restaurant and she takes her parenting seriously. Over the course of the show's nine seasons her son grew from an adolescent into a college student. Alice and Tommy have a good relationship and he even helps out at the restaurant sometimes. Tommy is played by Philip McKeon.
Much of "Alice" takes place at Mel's Diner where several other waitresses also work. One of them is a kind yet spacey woman named Vera played by Beth Howland and another is a wise-cracking, flirtatious woman named Flo played by Polly Holliday. Flo is well-known for exclaiming "Kiss my grits" when she is displeased.
Alice, Vera and Flo are all good friends and they enjoy working together. The three women get into all sorts of funny situations most of which take place at the diner.
A wide assortment of regular customers eat at Mel's Diner. Marvin Kaplan plays a telephone company worker who is always telling jokes, Charles Levin plays a local police officer and Dave Madden plays a basketball coach.
Each episode of "Alice" is 30 minutes in length and more than 200 episodes were made. The "Alice" television show is based upon the movie "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore".