Alice

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The hit first season of the long-running sit-com fave that saw a night out at Mel's quickly become a regular date for TV viewers. With Linda Lavin and Vic Tayback.
Starring
Linda LavinPhilip McKeonVic Tayback
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    August 31, 1976
    24min
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    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.
  2. 2. Alice Gets a Pass
    September 29, 1976
    26min
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    When Mel (VIC TAYBACK) decides to go fishing with an old college buddy who turns out to be a handsome football player, Alice (LINDA LAVIN) decides it's time to get back in the game of love.
  3. 3. A Piece of the Rock
    October 6, 1976
    26min
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    Alice Hyatt (LINDA LAVIN) is surprised to learn that her husband had purchased a life insurance policy before his death and shocked when she finds out that the beneficiary is another woman!
  4. 4. Pay the Fifty Dollars
    October 13, 1976
    26min
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    Alice (LINDA LAVIN,) makes quite an impression after a one-night singing engagement in a local nightclub.
  5. 5. A Call to Arms
    October 20, 1976
    25min
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    Alice Hyatt (LINDA LAVIN) is plagued by obscene phone calls and reluctantly becomes a pistol-packing mama.
  6. 6. The Last Review
    October 27, 1976
    26min
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    While Mel is on vacation, Alice (LINDA LAVIN) takes charge of the diner and almost succeeds in burying the business.
  7. 7. Sex Education
    November 6, 1976
    25min
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    The time has come for Tommy (PHILIP McKEON) to learn the facts of life, and although Alice (LINDA LAVIN) knows the facts, she can't find the words.
  8. 8. Big Daddy Dawson's Coming
    November 12, 1976
    26min
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    When Alice (LINDA LAVIN) tries to help Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) capture the man of her dreams, the result is a hilarious nightmare of good and bad intentions.
  9. 9. Good Night, Sweet Vera
    November 20, 1976
    25min
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    Alice (LINDA LAVIN) and Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) come to the rescue when Vera (BETH HOWLAND) decides life isn't worth living.
  10. 10. The Dilemma
    November 27, 1976
    26min
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    When Alice (LINDA LAVIN) receives a proposal of marriage, Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) tries to convince her friend that the only bed of roses in marriage is the one in your garden.
  11. 11. Who Killed Bugs Bunny?
    December 4, 1976
    26min
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    After the death of her truck-driver husband, a New Jersey housewife and her 12-year-old son head to Hollywood to follow her dream of stardom as a singer.
  12. 12. Mother-in-Law Part I
    December 11, 1976
    26min
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    Alice (LINDA LAVIN) discovers that her mother-in-law's (EILEEN HECKART) idea of a "short visit" is 20 or 30 years.
  13. 13. Mother-in-Law Part II
    December 18, 1976
    25min
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    Alice (LINDA LAVIN) sends for reinforcements when she is unable to move her "live-in" mother-in-law.
  14. 14. Vera's Mortician
    December 25, 1976
    26min
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    Everyone believes it's wedding bells for Vera and the local mortician. Everyone, that is, except Alice, who thinks there's something strange about Vera's new beau.
  15. 15. Mel's in Love
    January 14, 1977
    26min
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    Alice (LINDA LAVIN) is caught in the middle when Mel (VIC TAYBACK) falls in love--three times in one week!
  16. 16. The Accident
    January 22, 1977
    26min
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    After the death of her truck-driver husband, a New Jersey housewife and her 12-year-old son head to Hollywood to follow her dream of stardom as a singer.
  17. 17. The Failure
    January 29, 1977
    26min
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    When.Alice's (LINDA LAVIN) quick thinking prevents a bank robbery, Mel's (VIC TAYBACK) diner becomes the target for the inept, would-be bandit.
  18. 18. The Hex
    February 5, 1977
    26min
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    Alice catches a gypsy stealing silverware, and has a string of bad luck after the woman curses her.
  19. 19. The Pain of No Return
    February 12, 1977
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    Alice owes the government $2,000 according to a Alice (LINDA LAVIN) meets an IRS agent who wants more in return than back taxes.
  20. 20. The Odd Couple
    February 26, 1977
    26min
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    When Alice (LINDA LAVIN) and Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) temporarily become roommates, they hilariously overturn the adage "opposites attract."
  21. 21. A Night to Remember
    March 5, 1977
    25min
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    Alice and Flo (LINDA LAVIN and POLLY HOLLIDAY) come to the aid of Vera's (BETH HOWLAND) love life and send her off on a dangerous liaison.
  22. 22. Mel's Cup
    March 12, 1977
    25min
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    When Alice (LINDA LAVIN) can't convince Mel (VIC TAYBACK) that charity should begin at home, she resorts to burglary to correct an innocent mistake.
  23. 23. The Bundle
    March 19, 1977
    25min
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    Everyone tries to convince Alice (LINDA LAVIN) that "finders keepers, losers weepers" is their motto when Flo (POLLY HOLLIDAY) find $40,000 under a chair in the diner.
  24. 24. Mel's Happy Burger
    March 26, 1977
    26min
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    When Alice Hyatt (LINDA LAVIN) is given the opportunity to star in a television commercial for Mel's Diner, her gold opportunity quickly turns to brass.

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Supporting actors
Polly HollidayBeth Howland
Producers
Bruce Johnson
Season year
1977
Network
CBS
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Mark N.Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Heavens opened up and the t.v. series "Alice" was available on DVD!!
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I absolutely love the series "Alice" but I didn't start watching it regularly until around 1983, two years before the series finale. A plot about a widowed mother of one relocating to find a better life for she and her son, was not new to t.v., movies or literature. But that type of plot was easier to digest in a time when a woman found it very difficult to be accepted as independent and capable of making it on her own, without a man, unless she was forced into it because of a death, divorce or because she had to leave an abusive relationship. Another truth of that time was you didn't see a lot of single female characters getting employed for work other than lower paying and/or menial jobs such as waitresses, maids, housekeepers, nannies or clerks. Season one's pilot episode, that aired August 31rst, 1976, had casted Alfred Lutter as "Tommy Hyatt" (Lutter also portrayed the character "Tommy Hyatt" in the movie entitled "Alice doesn't live here anymore" which this series is based upon). For some reason Lutter's portrayal of "Tommy Hyatt" ended after the pilot episode and he was replaced by Philip McKeon beginning with episode two, "Alice Gets A Pass", which starts out with a controversial "bang" by having a gay character. The third episode "A Piece Of the Rock" deals with Alice's late husband's last will and testament and an unknown female beneficiary. It's a very charming and heartfelt episode and one of my season one favorites. Linda Lavin plays the title role of "Alice Hyatt". A fairly young widow ,with a 12 year old son, who decided to move from New Jersey to California to pursue her dream of a singing career but their car breaks down and they end up stranded in Phoenix AZ. Alice gets a one bedroom apartment and then finds a waitressing job at "Mel's Diner". Philip McKeon is well casted as "Tommy Hyatt". Tommy is a charming, self proclaimed, precocious 12 year old and though his on screen appearances aren't as numerous as the other four main characters, he makes an indelible mark on the series. "Melvin Sharples" is played by Victor Tayback. "Mel" is a cook and a "slightly" obnoxious guy who, underneath it all, has a really big heart (to go along with his big mouth and voice). Polly Holliday, who couldn't have been better casted, plays waitress "Florence Jean Castleberry" aka "Flo". A small town, Texas girl living in Phoenix Az in a small trailer. She is tall, attractive, flirty, down-to earth and boisterous and introduces the catch-phrase "Kiss my grits" to the viewing audiences. Beth Howland plays "Vera Gorman". A loveable, skinny, naive and neurotic waitress who can barely make it through a day without some crisis or another. This series deals with various situations. Some are light, some are heavy and others controversial. Although the show features a lot of situations for the title character "Alice" it does disperse plots somewhat equally among the other main characters and their daily lives. I'm so happy that this series became available on DVD. "Alice" is a definite must have for your collection. I very highly recommend this series!!...... (There is an actual "Mel's Diner" in Phoenix AZ . It's hidden away in an industrial area just (correction is) East (not West) of the I-17 freeway, off of Grand Ave, between McDowall and the Papago freeway.)"RIP Philip McKeon"
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OutstanderReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Happy to find Alive available on Amazon!
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I just love the older sitcoms. Alice was always one of my favorites, mostly due to Flo, who I found to be as much fun as Bea Arthur. The regular cast members worked so well together, I was surprised to learn there was some 'under the radar' professional jealousy between the female cast members. In season one, the scripts started out strong, but as the season progressed, they became strained and silly. When Mel decided to advertise, and Alice ended up dressed like a hamburger, the script seemed forced and the actors uncomfortable and unfunny. All in all tho, it was still fun to watch. I just loved Flo's character, and it wasn't the same when she left. I didn't realize she had her own show, and just purchased season one (she only had two, unfortunately).
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TerriGReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Does not include a list or description of each episode.
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If you don’t mind just blindly popping a dvd into your machine without knowing what each episode is about you’ll be fine. But most people would appreciate a description of each episode , especially of you are looking for a specific episode with a guest star. All you get is a plastic clamshell with three unlabeled (aside from the word “Alice”) dvds.
They could have added one lousy step and. Included a sheet with the episode lineup. What would it have cost? An extra nickel?
Gene BelflowerReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Alice: The Complete First Season
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Alice is a classic sitcom from that started in the late seventies and continued strong well into the mid eighties. It was one of the biggest hits on CBS, airing nine seasons from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985, totaling 202 episodes.

The first season of Alice consists of 24 episodes on three discs. In the first episode, we met Alice Hyatt (Linda Lavin), an aspiring singer who stops in Arizona with her preteen son, Tommy (Philip McKeon). She finds employment at Mel's Diner, alongside the sassy Flo Castleberry (Polly Holliday) and the light-headed Vera Gorman (Beth Howland); the diner is owned and managed by the cheap and bossy Mel Sharples (Vic Tayback). This first season is hilariously written and performed, and is just a taste of what is to come for this great series.

I know some of the previous reviewers have had problems with the DVDs not playing or skipping uncontrollably. I personally did not experience any of this: my discs worked perfectly and do not skip. My only complaint would be the quality of the episodes. Others had praised it, calling it "perfect", but I would say the quality on all episodes rank a 8.5 out of 10, which isn't too bad, but I expected better from a retail DVD release. Well, overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase.
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Bobby P.Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
I don't want to compare it on today's tv style because then it would be poor. But when it was made it had a ...
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Okay. I wanted to relive my growing up years and watched this show. It wasn't what I remembered exactly. I tried to remember back then when rating it as to what it is. I don't want to compare it on today's tv style because then it would be poor. But when it was made it had a lot of topics that were considered "taboo" back then and they were positive on delivery of these topics.
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BassoonGuy68Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just Great!
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I grew up watching these shows in syndication, and I remember taping them on our brand new top-loading VCR. My brother and I watched them over and over. Watching them today, in my 40s, doesn't change that special feeling we had back in the late 70's. This is a great show because each character is very special and different. I didn't know it before, but the writers of Alice are Bob Carroll, Jr. and Madelyn Pugh-Davis from I Love Lucy. No wonder the jokes are subtle and funny, and the situations thought out. And who doesn't love Flo? Linda Lavin as Alice holds it all together. I'm so glad they got rid of the Tommy from the pilot episode! Nice to see it nonetheless. Some of the show topics are preachy if you ask me, but I guess that is expected. I highly recommend this set, and I hope more seasons will follow!
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John CousinReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
I Love Late 70's 80's Shows Like This!
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I received this in only two days, which was very impressive. However, I was unable to play the discs in my DVD player, reduced to watching them in my PC drive. Maybe the discs are defective, or, it's due to the fact that they were made in DVR format. Has anyone else experienced this? I would think that a major company like Warner Brothers would manufacture a popular series such as this in the standard DVD format. Also, no episode guide is included, which I'm sure will anger some die-hard fans of the show. But in the end, I'm glad to have the episodes in any form. hopefully, IF I purchase the remaining seasons, I'll have better luck.
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Eve the MuseReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Love This Show
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I loved this show. The cast is just great and they get into the funniest situations at Mel's Diner. Linda Lavin has a great singing voice and I love just hearing her sing and scat at the beginning and ending of the shows. I am totally satisfied with this purchase because I've never laughed so much in my laugh. In these troubled times, you need to be able to laugh. Yet there are touching moments as well and lessons to be learned yet you get a barrel of laughs in addition to that. I got more than my money's worth with this purchase because laughter is good medicine for everyone and priceless.
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