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Alice - The Complete First Season

"...And if things work out she's going to stay awhile." And they sure did, resulting in "new girl" Alice sticking around for a triumphant nine-season (1976-1985 on CBS) run that saw this new style sitcom become the standard bearer for the next generation of TV comedy. Alice is the story of Alice Hyatt (Linda Lavin), a recently widowed single mom who finds herself working as a waitress at an Arizona diner while caring for her pre-teen son, Tommy (Philip McKeon). The inimitable Vic Tayback plays Mel, the gruff owner of the diner, while Beth Howland and Polly Holliday play her co-workers, neurotic Vera and no-nonsense Flo. This 3-disc, 24-episode collection collects the entire first season of the Bicentennial-era break-out hit, including the rarely seen pilot episode featuring Alfred Lutter from Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the film inspiration for Alice. Guest stars include Batman's Adam West, Victor Buono, and Dark Shadow's Lara Parker.

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On her way out to Hollywood to become a singer, Alice's car breaks down in Phoenix. With no money and a son to care for, Alice takes a waitressing job at Mel's Diner. Here she works with the ornery owner and chef, Mel, the man-hungry whipper-snapper, Flo, and the ditzy Vera. Together they encounter the lovable regulars and other interesting characters passing through. Based on the Oscar-winning movie "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," this classic television series lasted nine seasons and touched the hearts of all with its witty humor and warm characters.

Episodes included:

  • Alice Gets a Pass, 08/31/76
  • The Odd Couple, 02/26/77
  • Close Encounters of the Worst Kind, 01/22/78
  • Block Those Kicks, 10/22/78
  • Cabin Fever, 12/02/79
  • Flo's Farewell, 02/24/80

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    Alice - The Complete Second Season

    As the second season of the break-out hit Alice graced the nation's airwaves, Mel's Diner soon became the nation's dining destination of choice. Thanks to its hearty combination of down-home eccentrics, sweet sentiment, blue-collar ethos, and the spice of edgy topicality, Alice proved a dish the nation could not resist.

    With the central flavorings of Alice (Linda Lavin), Flo (Polly Holliday), and Vera (Beth Howland) rooting the comedy, and Mel (Vic Tayback) and Tommy (Philip McKeon) on hand to balance the distaff waitstaff with curmudgeonly charm and youthful enthusiasm, Alice was cooking with gas and ready to serve up some sitcom gold.

    George Burns, Jerry Reed, Desi Arnaz are among those who get served in season 2, as the staff faces working holidays, dispossessed natives, divine stars, and the specter of Mel's fiftieth in this 3-Disc, 24-Episode collection.

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    Alice - The Complete Third Season

    The third season saw Alice get its sitcom service down to a science, delivering regular orders of laughter and workplace wisdom weekly while enjoying a regular slot in the top twenty. Series regulars Vic Tayback (Mel), Vera (Beth Howland), Polly Holliday (Flo), and Philip McKeon (Tommy) fit their roles perfectly, while Linda Lavin (Alice) set the comedy temp, whether it be a slow-burn simmer, smoking hot slapstick, or on-the-boil gut-busters.

    Situations found in this 3-Disc, 24-Episode collection include used "Car Wars" between the girls and Mel, Vera coming down with "A Slight Case of ESP" and "Flo Finds Her Father" (played by F Troop great Forrest Tucker!). Meanwhile Tommy falls in love, Alice falls for a (younger!) theatre director and - most horrifying of all - Mel sells the diner! And keep your eyes peeled for Philip McKeon's sister Nancy (Facts of Life) playing a young orphan alongside Corey Feldman (Stand by Me).

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    Broadcast History:

    First Telecast: August 31, 1976
    Last Telecast: July 2, 1985

    Aug 1976, CBS Mon 9:30-10:00
    Sep 1976-Oct 1976, CBS Wed 9:30-10:00
    Nov 1976-Sep 1977, CBS Sat 9:30-10:00
    Oct 1977-Oct 1978, CBS Sun 9:30-10:00
    Oct 1978-Feb 1979, CBS Sun 8:30-9:00
    Mar 1979-Sep 1982, CBS Sun 9:00-9:30
    Oct 1982-Nov 1982, CBS Wed 9:00-9:30
    Mar 1983-Apr 1983, CBS Mon 9:00-9:30
    Apr 1983-May 1983, CBS Sun 9:30-10:00
    Jun 1983-Jan 1984, CBS Sun 8:00-8:30
    Jan 1984-Dec 1984, CBS Sun 9:30-10:00
    Jan 1985-Mar 1985, CBS Tue 8:30-9:00
    Jun 1985-Jul 1985, CBS Tue 8:30-9:00

    Total number of episodes: 202


    Cast:

    Linda Lavin as Alice Hyatt
    Philip McKeon
    as Tommy Hyatt
    Vic Tayback
    as Mel Sharples
    Polly Holliday
    as Florence Jean Castleberry ("Flo") (1976-1980)
    Beth Howland
    as Vera Louise Gorman
    Diane Ladd
    as Belle Dupree (1980-1981)
    Celia Weston
    as Jolene Hunnicutt (1981-1985)
    Martha Raye
    as Carrie Sharples (1982-1984)
    Charles Levin
    as Eliot Novak (1983-1985)
    Michael Durrell
    as Nicholas Stone (1984-1985)
    Marvin Kaplan
    as Henry (1977-1985)
    Pat Cranshaw
    as Andy (1976-1978)
    Patrick J. Cronin
    as Jason (1978-1979)
    Bob McClurg
    as Cecil (1978-1979)
    Dave Madden
    as Earl Hicks (1978-1985)
    Duane R. Campbell
    as Chuck (1978-1985)
    Victoria Carroll
    as Marie (1978-1980)
    Michael Ballard
    as Mike (1979-1980)
    Alan Haufrect
    as Brian (1979-1980)
    Ted Gehring
    as Charlie (1979-1981)
    Michael Alldredge
    as Ralph (1979-1981)
    Raleigh Bond
    as Raleigh (1979-1981)
    Phillip R. Allen
    as Mitch Aames (1981-1982)
    Jerry Potter
    as Jerry (1981-1982)
    Tony Longo
    as Artie (1982-1985)
    Jonathan Prince
    as Danny (1984-1985)
    Doug Robinson
    as Doug (1984-1985)


    Theme Songs:

    "There's a New Girl in Town," by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and David Shire, sung over the opening credits by Linda Lavin

    Download the Alice opening theme song (1st version - 1976-1977 version)
    Download the Alice closing theme song - 1976
    Download the Alice opening theme song (2nd version - 1978-1979 version)
    Download the Alice closing theme song - 1978
    Download the Alice opening theme song (3rd version - 1980's)
    Download the Alice 1982 opening transition
    Download the Alice closing theme song - 1982
    Download MP3 file of the Alice opening theme song

    Theme Song Lyrics:

    Season 1 & 2

    Early to rise, early to bed.
    In and between I cooked and cleaned and went out of my head.
    Going through life with blinders on, it's tough to see.
    I had to get up, get out from under and look for me.
    *There's a new girl in town and she's looking good.
    *There's a fresh freckled face, in the neighborhoood.
    There's a new girl in town, with a brand new style.
    She was just passing through,
    but if things work out she's gonna stay awhile....ba ba bum bum bummmm
    (the two short versions omitted the lines marked with a *)

    Season 3 & 5

    Used to be sad, 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 get out and 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
    there's a new girl in town on her own two feet
    and this girl's here to say
    with some luck and love life's gonna be
    so sweeeeeeeeeet!

    Season 4

    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!

    Season 6-9

    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!

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    Video Clips:

    Download a MPG video file of the Alice opening credits (1976-1977 version)
    Download a MPG video file of the Alice opening credits (1978-1979 version)
    Download a MPG video file of the Alice opening credits (1984-1985 season)
    Download a MPG video file of the closing credits from a 1984 episode


    Series Summary:

    Alice cast

    When this comedy premiered in 1976, it was the story of a recently widowed aspiring singer with a very precocious 12-year-old son. Alice Hyatt had moved from her home in New Jersey to look for work in Phoenix. While attempting to find a singing job, she kept her household together by working as waitress at Mel's Diner. The two other waitresses at Mel's provided quite a contrast. Flo, the old hand, was lusty, outspoken and crude (her favorite expression was "Kiss my grits"), but had difficulty hiding a soft heart. Vera, on the other hand, was young, impressionable, and rather quiet. Mel Sharples, the owner of the diner, was also its cook and the creator of Mel's Famous Chili, which was so popular in the area that it (along with fun-loving Flo) attracted a loyal and regular clientele. In fact, all of the listed cast members from Henry on down (with the exception of Mel's sometime girlfriend Marie) were regulars at the diner.

    The series was based on the movie Alice doesn't Live Here Anymore, the title role of which was played by Ellen Burstyn, who received an Academy Award for her performance. The only member of the cast to make the transition to the TV series in 1976 was Vic Tayback, re-creating his role as the crusty owner of Mel's Diner. He was joined in the spring of 1980 by Diane Ladd, who had played Flo in the movie but turned up as Belle in the TV series. Belle was hired by Mel as a waitress when Flo moved to Houston to run her own restaurant (see the spinoff series Flo). She was from Mississippi, wrote country-and-western songs, and lived in the Phoenix Palms Apartments, where Alice and Tommy also resided. Belle admirably filled the void left by Flo--the accent may have been different, but her earthy outlook on life and aggressive personality endeared her to Mel's regulars. She left after one year and was replaced by Jolene. Carrie, Mel's pushy, loudmouthed mother, moved to Phoenix after her divorce, took up residence with her son, and practically took over the diner. Next to her, Mel was a real softie. In the fall of 1983, after a whirlwind courtship, shy Vera married policeman Elliot Novak and the following fall found Alice with a new boyfriend, Nicholas Stone.

    In the last original episode of the series (March 19, 1985) Mel sold the diner and, despite his reputation for cheapness over the years, gave each of his waitresses a $5,000 farewell bonuses. All worked out for the best, however, since Jolene was planning to quit to open a beauty shop, Vera had become pregnant and was looking forward to becoming a fulltime mother, and Alice, after all the years at the diner, was moving to Nashville as lead singer with a band.

    CBS aired reruns of Alice on weekday mornings from June 1980 to September 1982.

    Series summary from The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: 1946-Present


    Did You Know?

    The shot of the station wagon during the show's opening credits is from Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).

    The actual restaurant that this show is based on is located in Phoenix, Arizina, at 1747 NW Grand Ave. It is currently called Pat's Family Restaurant. It was called Mel's Diner.

    The series was based on the movie Alice doesn't Live Here Anymore, the title role of which was played by Ellen Burstyn, who received an Academy Award for her performance.

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