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  • TV-PG
  • 1976
  • 4 Seasons
  • 6.8  (5,508)

Alice was a popular television sitcom that aired between 1976 and 1985, serving as a spinoff to the successful film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Set in a small diner located in Phoenix, Arizona, the series followed the lives of the staff and frequent customers of Mel's Diner. The show was created by Robert Getchell and is renowned for its sharp writing, witty humor, and unforgettable characters.

The show was led by the talented Linda Lavin, who played Alice Hyatt, the titular character of the series. As a recent widow, Alice moves to Phoenix with her son Tommy to start a new life. She ends up working as a waitress at Mel's Diner to make ends meet, and soon befriends the other waitresses and customers that frequent the establishment.

One of the standout characters on the show was Mel Sharples, the owner of Mel's Diner. Vic Tayback played the role of Mel, a gruff and no-nonsense character who had a soft spot for his employees. Though he sometimes came off as irritable and rough around the edges, Mel's heart was always in the right place.

The other regular waitresses at Mel's Diner were played by Beth Howland and Polly Holliday. Howland played the shy and awkward Vera Louise Gorman, while Holliday portrayed the loud and boisterous Flo Castleberry. Fans of the show will remember Flo's famous catchphrase, "Kiss my grits!", which became a cultural phenomenon in the 1970s.

Philip McKeon played the role of Tommy Hyatt, Alice's son. Tommy was a recurring character on the show, often providing comedic relief and lighthearted moments. Additionally, Diane Ladd played the role of Belle Dupree, a feisty and eccentric customer who often caused trouble at Mel's Diner.

In later seasons, the show introduced new characters such as Jolene Hunnicutt, played by Celia Weston, and Elliot Novak, played by Charles Levin. Jolene was a sweet and innocent girl who worked as a truck stop waitress, while Elliot was a sarcastic and cynical cook who often clashed with Mel.

Alice was known for its sharp writing and clever humor, which tackled a variety of social issues and topics in a lighthearted and relatable way. The show has been praised for its portrayal of working-class characters, and for its positive depiction of strong, independent women. Additionally, the show was one of the first to feature a divorced woman as its lead character, breaking new ground for television at the time.

Overall, Alice was a beloved and iconic television series that has stood the test of time. The show's witty humor, memorable characters, and relatable storylines continue to resonate with audiences today, making it a true classic of the sitcom genre.

Alice is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (96 episodes). The series first aired on October 13, 1976.

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Here Comes Alice Cottontail
24. Here Comes Alice Cottontail
April 6, 1980
Alice (LINDA LAVIN), dressed as a rabbit, decides to check up on Tommy (PHILIP McKEON), who is spending his Easter vacation at Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) apartment, and feels a little stupid when she is caught by Tommy and Mel.
Cook's Tour
23. Cook's Tour
March 30, 1980
Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) greed for business gets him into a very dangerous situation with a pretty girl (PAMELA MYERS) and her bodybuilding brother (REB BROWN).
Profit Without Honor
22. Profit Without Honor
March 23, 1980
Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) financial troubles almost cost his waitresses a salary cut until Alice (LINDA LAVIN) comes up with a profit sharing plan.
Vera, The Vamp
21. Vera, The Vamp
March 16, 1980
Belle (DIANE LADD) turns Vera (BETH HOWLAND) into a sexpot only to find out that everyone loves the old Vera.
One Too Many Girls
20. One Too Many Girls
March 9, 1980
Belle (DIANE LADD) decides to take over Alice (LINDA LAVIN) and Vera's (BETH HOWLAND) boyfriends and the running of the diner, but all her plans backfire.
For Whom The Belle Toils
19. For Whom The Belle Toils
March 2, 1980
When Belle's (DIANE LADD) big break as a songwriter falls through, she accepts a job in Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) Diner, much to the relief of the overworked Alice (LINDA LAVIN) and Vera (BETH HOWLAND).
Flo's Farewell
18. Flo's Farewell
February 24, 1980
Until her friends tearfully tell her to go, Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) has mixed emotions about accepting a fantastic job in another city.
Auld Acquaintances Should Be Forgot
17. Auld Acquaintances Should Be Forgot
February 17, 1980
Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) old Navy buddy (EDDIE BARTH) turns up at the diner after his wife (REVA ROSE) leaves him, and his visit turns into a nightmare for Alice (LINDA LAVIN), Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) and Vera (BETH HOWLAND).
My Funny Valentine Tux
16. My Funny Valentine Tux
February 10, 1980
Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) saves the day for Tommy (PHILIP McKEON) when she outfits him with a tux for the Valentine's Day dance at his school.
Carrie's Wedding
15. Carrie's Wedding
February 3, 1980
Mel (VIC TAYBACK) is almost a "no-show" at his mother's (MARTHA RAYE) wedding but has a change of heart at the last minute.
Alice Beats The Clock
14. Alice Beats The Clock
January 27, 1980
When Mel (VIC TAYBACK) installs a time clock in the diner, he learns that time is money.
Alice In TV Land
13. Alice In TV Land
January 13, 1980
When Tommy (PHILIP McKEON) admits on television that Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) is his favorite adult, Alice (LINDA LAVIN) wants to know why.
Good Buddy Flo
12. Good Buddy Flo
January 6, 1980
Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) tries to prove to her new boyfriend that she can drive a big semitrailer, but it turns out to be a disaster for Mel (VIC TAYBACK) and his diner.
Mel, The Magi
11. Mel, The Magi
December 23, 1979
Mel (VIC TAYBACK) saves Christmas for all his friends when he turns into a real Santa Claus.
My Cousin, Art Carney
10. My Cousin, Art Carney
December 9, 1979
Vera (BETH HOWLAND) convinces Art Carney (HIMSELF) to endorse Mel's chili...until the profits are discussed and Mel (VIC TAYBACK) finds out he won't make any money.
Cabin Fever
9. Cabin Fever
December 2, 1979
Alice, Flo, and Vera retreat to a cabin for a weekend and are surprised by Mel and his date. A tornado warning almost ruins the weekend for all of them.
Mel's In The Kitchen With Dinah
8. Mel's In The Kitchen With Dinah
November 18, 1979
Mel (VIC TAYBACK) is invited to prepare his famous chili on "The Dinah Shore Show," and the girls all want to go too.
Carrie Sharples Strikes Again
7. Carrie Sharples Strikes Again
November 11, 1979
Mel's mother (MARTHA RAYE) takes over the running of Mel's Diner when Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) bad back keeps him home in bed, and much to Mel's dismay, she doubles his business.
Little Alice Bluenose
6. Little Alice Bluenose
November 4, 1979
Alice (LINDA LAVIN) is in a state of shock when she finds out that her new beau is working his way through law school by posing in the nude for art classes.
Flo's Chili Reception
5. Flo's Chili Reception
October 28, 1979
Flo's (POLLY HOLLIDAY) romance turns sour when she refuses to give her new boyfriend Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) chili recipe.
Vera Robs The Cradle
4. Vera Robs The Cradle
October 21, 1979
Vera (BETH HOWLAND) and Tommy (PHILIP McKEON) go to the movies together and before the evening is over Tommy has a crush on her.
Mel Loves Marie
3. Mel Loves Marie
October 7, 1979
Alice (LINDA LAVIN) tries to save Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) "on-again-off-again" romance with Marie (VICTORIA CARROLL) but to no avail.
Mona Lisa Alice
2. Mona Lisa Alice
September 30, 1979
Mel (VIC TAYBACK) introduces "SMILE" buttons in his diner to increase business and offers customers a free meal if the waitress forgets to smile. Meanwhile, Tommy's (PHILIP McKEON) enthusiasm over Alice's (LINDA LAVIN) new boyfriend (ROBERT HOGAN) almost scares him away.
Has Anyone Here Seen Telly?
1. Has Anyone Here Seen Telly?
September 23, 1979
Telly Savalas (HIMSELF) surprises everyone by walking into Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) Diner and causes a lot of excitement and havoc.
Where to Watch Alice
Alice is available for streaming on the Syfy website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Alice on demand at Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    October 13, 1976
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (5,508)