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Alice TV Show


Alice Cast

Series Description

The Alice TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a woman who works as a waitress at a diner in Phoenix, Arizona. Her interactions with her son, fellow ditsy waitresses, and goofy boss provided the opportunity for many funny moments.

Alice Cast

Linda Lavin .................. Alicia "Alice" Hyatt
Philip McKeon ................ Thomas "Tommy" Hyatt
Vic Tayback .................. Melvin "Mel" Emery Sharples
Vera Louise Gorman Novak ..... Beth Howland
Polly Holliday ............... Florence "Flo" Jean Castleberry
Celia Weston ................. Jolene Hunnicutt
Diane Ladd ................... Belle Amanda Dupree

Alice Trivia

    

During the opening credits on Alice episodes, you see a station wagon. That shot is "borrowed" footage from the 1974 movie, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore". The Alice TV show was based upon that film.

Actress Diane Ladd played the part of Flo in the movie. Then, in the middle of the fourth season, she joined the cast of Alice as the character "Belle Dupree". That character replaced Flo when Polly Holliday left Alice to "spin-off" her own series, the "Flo TV Show".

In the movie, the diner was named, "Mel and Ruby's Diner". That name was also used in the first episode of the TV show. In the movie, the diner was located in Tucson, Arizona. On the TV show, it was in Phoenix.

Mel's Diner was actually based upon a real-life diner! It was even named Mel's Diner (but later changed to Pat's Family Restaurant)! It is located at 1747 NW Grand Ave.; Phoenix, Arizona.

One expression used on the Alice TV show became commonly used by the public. When Flo became upset with someone, she'd tell them to, "Kiss my grits"! When Mel got upset with Vera, he'd call her "Dinghy". When he got upset with Jolene, he'd call her "Blondie".

Alice was originally planning to go to Hollywood, California with her son to pursue a singing career after her husband's death. On the way, their car broke down in Phoenix and they were broke. That's how Alice found herself working as a waitress at Mel's Diner!

Linda Lavin, Polly Holliday, and Vic Tayback all got Emmy nominations but no wins for their performances on the Alice TV show due to stiff competition from Cast on "All in the Family", "Rhoda", "Soap", and "Taxi".

WARNING - SPOILER!!!! - On the very last episode of the Alice TV show, Alice's dream of becoming a singer finally comes true! Also on that episode, Jolene opened a beauty salon and Vera was pregnant!

Alice Theme Song

Title: "There's a New Girl in Town"

Written By: "Alan and Marilyn Bergman & David Shire"

Performed By: "Linda Lavin"


I used to be sad, I used to be shy
Funniest thing, the saddest part is I never knew why...
Kickin' myself for nothin' was my favorite sport.
I had to take off, start enjoyin' 'cause life's too short.

There's a new girl in town, 'cause I'm feelin good.
Get a smile, get a song, for the neighborhood.
Things are great when you stand on your own two feet,
and this girl's here to say with some luck and love,
life's gonna be so sweeeeeeeeeet!

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Pilot Episode

Alice (8/31/1976)

The First Season

  1. Alice Gets a Pass (9/29/1976)
  2. A Piece of the Rock (10/6/1976)
  3. Pay the Fifty Dollars (10/13/1976)
  4. A Call to Arms (10/20/1976)
  5. The Last Review (10/27/1976)
  6. Sex Education (11/6/1976)
  7. Big Daddy Dawson's Coming (11/13/1976)
  8. Good Night Sweet Vera (11/20/1976)
  9. The Dilemma (11/27/1976)
  10. Who Killed Bugs Bunny? (12/4/1976)
  11. Mother-in-Law - Part 1 (12/11/1976)
  12. Mother-in-Law - Part 2 (12/18/1976)
  13. Vera's Mortician (12/25/1976)
  14. Mel's in Love (1/15/1977)
  15. The Accident (1/22/1977)
  16. The Failure (1/29/1977)
  17. The Hex (2/5/1977)
  18. The Pain of No Return (2/12/1977)
  19. The Odd Couple (2/26/1977)
  20. A Night to Remember (3/5/1977)
  21. Mel's Cup (3/12/1977)
  22. The Bundle (3/19/1977)
  23. Mel's Happy Burger (3/26/1977)

The Second Season

  1. The Second Time 'Round (10/2/1977)
  2. The Indian Taker (10/9/1977)
  3. 86 the Waitresses (10/23/1977)
  4. Alice by Moonlight (10/30/1977)
  5. Single Belles (11/6/1977)
  6. The Sixty Minutes Man (11/13/1977)
  7. That Old Back Magic (12/4/1977)
  8. Love is Sweeping the Counter (12/11/1977)
  9. A Semi-Merry Christmas (12/18/1977)
  10. Oh! George Burns (1/1/1978)
  11. The Eyes of Texas (1/8/1978)
  12. Love is a Free Throw (1/15/1978)
  13. Close Encounters of the Worst Kind (1/22/1978)
  14. The Pharmacist (1/29/1978)
  15. Love Me, Love My Horse (2/5/1978)
  16. The Reporter (2/12/1978)
  17. Florence of Arabia (2/19/1978)
  18. The Cuban Connection (2/26/1978)
  19. Mel's Big Five-0 (3/5/1978)
  20. Don't Lock Now (3/12/1978)
  21. The Star in the Storeroom (3/19/1978)
  22. The Bus (3/26/1978)
  23. Mel's Recession (4/2/1978)
  24. Earthquake (4/9/1978)

The Third Season

  1. Take Him, He's Yours (9/24/1978)
  2. Car Wars (10/1/1978)
  3. Citizen Mel (10/8/1978)
  4. Vera's Popcorn Romance (10/15/1978)
  5. Block Those Kicks (10/22/1978)
  6. What Happened to the Class of '78? (10/29/1978)
  7. Better Never Than Late (11/5/1978)
  8. Mel's in a Family Way (11/11/1978)
  9. Who Ordered the Hot Turkey? (11/19/1978)
  10. The Happy Hoofers (11/26/1978)
  11. A Slight Case of ESP (12/3/1978)
  12. The Principal of the Thing (12/10/1978)
  13. What're You Doing New Year's Eve? (12/31/1978)
  14. Sweet Charity (1/14/1979)
  15. The Fourth Time Around (1/21/1979)
  16. Tommy's First Love (1/28/1979)
  17. Mel Grows Up (2/5/1979)
  18. Vera's Broken Heart (2/18/1979)
  19. Alice's Decision (2/25/1979)
  20. The Last Stow It - Part 1 (3/11/1979)
  21. The Last Stow It - Part 2 (3/11/1979)
  22. If the Shoe Fits (3/18/1979)
  23. My Fair Vera (3/25/1979)
  24. Flo Finds Her Father (4/1/1979)

The Fourth Season

  1. Has Anyone Here Seen Telly? (9/23/1979)
  2. Mona Lisa Alice (9/30/1979)
  3. Mel Loves Marie (10/7/1979)
  4. Vera Robs the Cradle (10/21/1979)
  5. Flo's Chili Reception (10/28/1979)
  6. Little Alice Bluenose (11/4/1979)
  7. Carrie Sharples Strikes Again (11/11/1979)
  8. Mel's in the Kitchen With Dinah (11/18/1979)
  9. Cabin Fever (12/2/1979)
  10. My Cousin, Art Carney (12/9/1979)
  11. Mel, the Magi (12/23/1979)
  12. Good Buddy Flo (1/6/1980)
  13. Alice in TV Land (1/13/1980)
  14. Alice Beats the Clock (1/27/1980)
  15. Carrie's Wedding (2/3/1980)
  16. My Funny Valentine Tux (2/10/1980)
  17. Auld Acquaintances Should Be Forgot (2/17/1980)
  18. Flo's Farewell (2/24/1980)
  19. For Whom the Belle Toils (3/2/1980)
  20. One Too Many Girls (3/9/1980)
  21. Vera, the Vamp (3/16/1980)
  22. Profit Without Honor (3/23/1980)
  23. Cook's Tour (3/30/1980)
  24. Here Comes Alice Cottontail (4/6/1980)

The Fifth Season

  1. Mel and the Green Machine (11/2/1980)
  2. Dog Day Evening (11/9/1980)
  3. Vegas - Part 1 (11/16/1980)
  4. Vegas - Part 2 (11/16/1980)
  5. Vera's Aunt Agatha (11/23/1980)
  6. Tommy's T.K.O. (11/30/1980)
  7. The New Improved Mel (12/7/1980)
  8. Carrie Sings the Blues (12/21/1980)
  9. Henry's Bitter Half (1/4/1981)
  10. Alice Locks Belle Out (1/11/1981)
  11. Vera Goes Out On a Limb (1/18/1981)
  12. The Jerry Reed Fish Story (2/1/1981)
  13. Bye Bye, Birdie (2/8/1981)
  14. Alice's Son, the Drop-out (2/15/1981)
  15. Carrie Chickens Out (2/22/1981)
  16. Macho, Macho Mel (3/8/1981)
  17. The Great Escape (3/15/1981)
  18. Alice Strikes Up the Band (3/29/1981)
  19. Who's Kissing the Great Chef of Phoenix? (4/5/1981)
  20. Baby Makes Five (5/3/1981)

The Sixth Season

  1. Bet a Million, Mel (10/4/1981)
  2. Guinness on Tap (10/11/1981)
  3. Comrade Mel (10/18/1981)
  4. Alice's Halloween Surprise (10/25/1981)
  5. Alice's Big Four-Oh! (11/8/1981)
  6. Mel's Cousin, Wendell (11/15/1981)
  7. Vera's Bouncing Check (11/29/1981)
  8. After Mel's Gone (12/6/1981)
  9. Mel's Christmas Carol (12/20/1981)
  10. The Wild One (12/27/1981)
  11. Alice Calls the Shots (1/3/1982)
  12. Not with My Niece You Don't (1/17/1982)
  13. Queen of Soaps (1/31/1982)
  14. Sharples vs. Sharples (2/7/1982)
  15. Valentine's Day Massacre (2/14/1982)
  16. The Best Little Waitress in the World (2/21/1982)
  17. Alice and the Acorns (3/7/1982)
  18. Jolene Hunnicutt, Dynamite Trucker (3/14/1982)
  19. Mel Wins By a Nose (3/21/1982)
  20. Give My Regrets to Broadway (4/4/1982)
  21. Vera's Reunion Romance (4/11/1982)
  22. Monty Falls for Alice (4/18/1982)
  23. Spell Mel's (5/2/1982)
  24. My Mother the Landlord (5/16/1982)

The Seventh Season

  1. Sorry, Wrong Lips (10/6/1982)
  2. Do You Take . . . ? (10/13/1982)
  3. The Secret of Mel's Diner (10/20/1982)
  4. Alice at the Palace (10/27/1982)
  5. Joel Grey Saves the Day (11/3/1982)
  6. Alice's Turkey of a Thanksgiving (11/10/1982)
  7. Carrie on the Rebound (1/9/1983)
  8. Jolene's Brother Jonas (1/16/1983)
  9. Alice Sees the Light (2/28/1983)
  10. Vera the Virtuoso (3/7/1983)
  11. Alice Faces the Music (3/14/1983)
  12. Tommy, the Jailbird (3/21/1983)
  13. Jolene and the Night Watchman (3/28/1983)
  14. Mel's Dream Car (4/11/1983)
  15. Come Back Little Sharples (4/17/1983)
  16. Vera, the Torch (4/24/1983)
  17. The Grass is Always Greener (5/1/1983)
  18. Tommy Fouls Out (5/15/1983)
  19. Vera on the Lam (5/22/1983)
  20. Mel's Cousin Wendy? (5/29/1983)
  21. Sweet Erasable Mel (6/5/1983)
  22. Tommy Hyatt, Business Consultant (6/12/1983)
  23. Jolene Lets the Cat Out of the Bag (9/18/1983)

The Eighth Season

  1. Mel is Hogg-Tied (10/2/1983)
  2. Vera's Secret Lover (10/9/1983)
  3. Jolene Gets Her Wings (10/16/1983)
  4. Alice's Blind Date (10/23/1983)
  5. It Had to Be Mel (10/30/1983)
  6. The Over-the-Hill Girls (11/6/1983)
  7. Vera Gets Engaged (11/20/1983)
  8. Vera's Wedding (11/20/1983)
  9. The Robot Wore Pink (12/18/1983)
  10. 'Tis the Season to Be Jealous (12/25/1983)
  11. Tommy Goes Overboard (1/1/1984)
  12. Vera, the Horse Thief (1/8/1984)
  13. Jolene Throws a Curve (1/15/1984)
  14. Lies My Mother Told Me (1/29/1984)
  15. Alice and the Devoted Dentist (2/12/1984)
  16. Alice's Hot Air Romance (3/4/1984)
  17. Dollars to Donuts (3/11/1984)
  18. My Dinner with Debbie (3/18/1984)
  19. Vera's Fine Feathered Friends (3/25/1984)
  20. Jolene is Stuck on Mel (4/1/1984)
  21. Don't Play It Again, Elliot (4/15/1984)
  22. Mel Spins His Wheels (5/13/1984)
  23. Be It Ever So Crowded (5/20/1984)

The Ninth Season

  1. Romancing Mister Stone (10/14/1984)
  2. Space Sharples (10/28/1984)
  3. Big, Bad Mel (11/4/1984)
  4. Houseful of Hunnicutts (11/18/1984)
  5. Tommy's Lost Weekend (11/25/1984)
  6. Undercover Mel (12/16/1984)
  7. Footloose Mel (12/23/1984)
  8. Vera's Anniversary Blues (1/8/1985)
  9. Kiss the Grill Goodbye (1/15/1985)
  10. Vera, the Nightbird (1/22/1985)
  11. Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore - Part 1 (1/29/1985)
  12. Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore - Part 2 (2/5/1985)
  13. The Night They Raided Debbie's (2/6/1985)
  14. One on One (3/5/1985)
  15. Vera's Grounded Gumshoe (3/12/1985)
  16. Th-th-th-that's All, Folks (3/19/1985)

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