Alice

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  • TV-PG
  • 1976
  • 4 Seasons
  • 6.8  (4,116)

"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".

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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.
Description

"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".

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

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 Hulu and Microsoft Movies & TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 13, 1976
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (4,116)