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Alice is a recent widow with a young son on her way to Los Angeles when her car breaks down in Phoenix, Arizona. She winds up getting a job at Mel's Diner and muddling through while her son grows up. When he is older, she again resumes pursuit of her own dreams. Most of the series is about life for Alice and her working class friends and coworkers. The series brings up issues often experienced by single working women, whether they are mothers or not, and has a compassionate view of individuals who are stuck in such a situation. Alice often provided the down to earth wisdom needed in the situation while her coworkers often provided the wit, sass and smart-aleck remarks.

In addition to Alice and her son, she has a few female coworkers, notably Flo and Vera, and a cranky boss who owns the diner. In spite of being of limited means, Flo is an empowered, opinionated woman who knows how to get her own needs met. Vera is a lovable, very sweet lady but something of a ditz. She means well but doesn't always have the best ideas. Nonetheless, they help Alice make it through every day.

CBS
1 Season, 24 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
August 31, 1976
Comedy
6.9/10
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Alice (1976) Full Episode Guide

  • When Alice Hyatt is given the opportunity to star in a television commercial for Mel's Diner, her gold opportunity quickly turns to brass.

  • Everyone tries to convince Alice that "finders keepers, losers weepers" is their motto when Flo find $40,000 under a chair in the diner.

  • When Alice can't convince Mel that charity should begin at home, she resorts to burglary to correct an innocent mistake.

  • Alice and Flo come to the aid of Vera's love life and send her off on a dangerous liaison.

  • When Alice and Flo temporarily become roommates, they hilariously overturn the adage "opposites attract."

  • Alice owes the government $2,000 according to a Alice meets an IRS agent who wants more in return than back taxes.

  • Alice catches a gypsy stealing silverware, and has a string of bad luck after the woman curses her.

  • When Alice's quick thinking prevents a bank robbery, Mel's diner becomes the target for the inept, would-be bandit.

  • Alice is caught in the middle when Mel falls in love--three times in one week!

  • Alice sends for reinforcements when she is unable to move her "live-in" mother-in-law.

  • Alice discovers that her mother-in-law's (EILEEN HECKART) idea of a "short visit" is 20 or 30 years.

  • Alice is torn between letting her son be "one of the boys" and compromising her principles.

  • When Alice receives a proposal of marriage, Flo tries to convince her friend that the only bed of roses in marriage is the one in your garden.

  • Alice and Flo come to the rescue when Vera decides life isn't worth living.

  • When Alice tries to help Flo capture the man of her dreams, the result is a hilarious nightmare of good and bad intentions.

  • The time has come for Tommy (PHILIP McKEON) to learn the facts of life, and although Alice knows the facts, she can't find the words.

  • While Mel is on vacation, Alice takes charge of the diner and almost succeeds in burying the business.

  • Alice Hyatt is plagued by obscene phone calls and reluctantly becomes a pistol-packing mama.

  • Alice makes quite an impression after a one-night singing engagement in a local nightclub.

  • When Mel decides to go fishing with an old college buddy who turns out to be a handsome football player, Alice decides it's time to get back in the game of love.

  • LINDA LAVIN stars as Alice Hyatt, a newly widowed mother, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and works as a waitress, determined to make it on her own and somehow manage to keep smiling.

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