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brawler2711
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I caught an episode recently but had never seen the show before, did you enjoy the show?

I assume it was popular as it lasted from 1976-1985.

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I used to watch it as a kid. It was one of those shows that ran after-school in syndication (Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life, Jeffersons, One Day at a Time etc).

I don't remember much about it other than "Kiss my Grits!" from Flo.

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Based in Phoenix. The actual opening sequence included a shot of a real Mel's Diner in Phoenix, AZ.

working part time in the service industry, I am convinced that for every Alice you have on your staff, you have a Flo and a Vera.

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Use to watch it regularly because I'm pretty sure in one of its time slots it was on before The Jeffersons...or at least on Sundays which was the same night. Enjoyed it enough to keep tuning in

Haven't seen the movie though

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watched it alot.... fun show that was good for its time

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One of the few shows from that time period I never watched (or at least have a recollection of) for some reason.
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I liked it, though I haven't seen reruns of it in ages.
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quote:
Originally posted by TerryR:
I used to watch it as a kid. It was one of those shows that ran after-school in syndication (Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life, Jeffersons, One Day at a Time etc).

I don't remember much about it other than "Kiss my Grits!" from Flo.

Was it in heavy syndication for long? Those other shows I've seen a million times. I only vaguely remember Alice.
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The lead actress, Linda Lavin, also sang the theme song IIRC

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Anyone remember the episode where Vera thought George Burns was really God?

I don't think you could create a character that gullible and clueless in today's sitcoms.

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Alice doesnt post here anymore

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quote:
Originally posted by TerryR:
I used to watch it as a kid. It was one of those shows that ran after-school in syndication (Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life, Jeffersons, One Day at a Time etc).

I don't remember much about it other than "Kiss my Grits!" from Flo.

This is how I remember it as well.

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quote:
Originally posted by mckinneydg:
quote:
Originally posted by TerryR:
I used to watch it as a kid. It was one of those shows that ran after-school in syndication (Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life, Jeffersons, One Day at a Time etc).

I don't remember much about it other than "Kiss my Grits!" from Flo.

This is how I remember it as well.
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It was a very popular series back in its heyday.
I'm sure today it would appear extremely dated. But in its 70's naivety it was kind of cute.

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I remember enjoying the reruns as a kid, but haven't seen it since it was on TNN the same timeframe ECW was on there.
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Watched it occasionally, over the years. It was a pretty good show, for a lot of years. It had a few ups and downs with the cast, as Flo got a spin-off show. Decent mix of comedy and some drama.

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Enjoyed it for 70s TV. Not sure it would hold up if I watched it today. Kind of like 3's Company.

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Did Philip McKeon do anything after this?

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quote:
Originally posted by The Coach:
Enjoyed it for 70s TV. Not sure it would hold up if I watched it today. Kind of like 3's Company.

Totally a time capsule of the 70's/80's but John Ritter remains brilliant.
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quote:
Originally posted by Big Daddy Meatybone:
working part time in the service industry, I am convinced that for every Alice you have on your staff, you have a Flo and a Vera.

Or every other sit-com about three women and a fourth associate... Designing Women, Living Single, The Golden Girls... all had the same character reprsentations.


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Originally posted by Big Daddy Meatybone:
The lead actress, Linda Lavin, also sang the theme song IIRC

That is correct. She was a versatile stage performer, musicals, etc.



Also, on the random Alice trivia, I always remember the Dukes of Hazzard crossover episoce where Boss Hogg and Roscoe were in Mel's Diner, although I don't remember what they were doing there.

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"Alice" is a show that was a reasonable hit in its era, but which doesn't hold up well today, even by the standards of sitcoms from that era when things were written much more broadly than now. It made it on the charisma of Linda Lavin in the lead role, Vic Tayback playing a good lovable grouch in Mel, and in particular Polly Holliday as Flo in the early years doing the verbal sparring with Mel. It mostly aired on Sunday night in a very protected spot which makes me think it got carried by its surrounding shows. Given that the competition was largely movies on NBC and ABC, if you started with the CBS sitcoms and missed some of the movies, you might as well keep going. When the show occasionally moved to another night that was in play for the other networks, the ratings dropped. That said, it made it nine seasons and the "Kiss my grits!" catchphrase was legitimately a big part of 1970s pop culture.
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Trying to remember what shows were on the other networks on Sundays. Sunday prime time was a bit different in that it started at 7pm instead of 8 (Eastern time zone anyway). I know the Six Million Dollar Man was on Sundays but it may have been off the air by the time Alice debuted (maybe they had a season or two that ran concurrently).

Can't remember if Battlestar Galactica was on at 7 or 8pm.

Can't for the life of me recall what NBC ran in the 7 and 8 time slot. They had those crime mystery shows like Columbo, McCloud, Mac and Wife etc but think those started at 9. Later on comedy shows like Silver Spoons and Punky Brewster were on the 7pm slot but that was more early 80s

Alice did have a hell of a lead in show in 60 Minutes as well

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quote:
Originally posted by Tatsuya:
Trying to remember what shows were on the other networks on Sundays. Sunday prime time was a bit different in that it started at 7pm instead of 8 (Eastern time zone anyway). I know the Six Million Dollar Man was on Sundays but it may have been off the air by the time Alice debuted (maybe they had a season or two that ran concurrently).

Can't remember if Battlestar Galactica was on at 7 or 8pm.

Can't for the life of me recall what NBC ran in the 7 and 8 time slot. They had those crime mystery shows like Columbo, McCloud, Mac and Wife etc but think those started at 9. Later on comedy shows like Silver Spoons and Punky Brewster were on the 7pm slot but that was more early 80s

Alice did have a hell of a lead in show in 60 Minutes as well

Even today prime time starts at 7:00 PM ET(except when CBS has sports overruns or Fox has the NFL doubleheader). There is something in the way regulations are written that allows prime time to start at that time on Sunday nights compared to the rest of the week.
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quote:
Originally posted by tamalie from MN:
"Alice" is a show that was a reasonable hit in its era, but which doesn't hold up well today, even by the standards of sitcoms from that era when things were written much more broadly than now. It made it on the charisma of Linda Lavin in the lead role, Vic Tayback playing a good lovable grouch in Mel, and in particular Polly Holliday as Flo in the early years doing the verbal sparring with Mel. It mostly aired on Sunday night in a very protected spot which makes me think it got carried by its surrounding shows. Given that the competition was largely movies on NBC and ABC, if you started with the CBS sitcoms and missed some of the movies, you might as well keep going. When the show occasionally moved to another night that was in play for the other networks, the ratings dropped. That said, it made it nine seasons and the "Kiss my grits!" catchphrase was legitimately a big part of 1970s pop culture.

The Lineup of All in the Family, One Day at a Time and the Jeffersons was pretty solid for sitcoms of the era.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gov't Mule:
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Originally posted by TerryR:
I used to watch it as a kid. It was one of those shows that ran after-school in syndication (Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life, Jeffersons, One Day at a Time etc).

I don't remember much about it other than "Kiss my Grits!" from Flo.

Was it in heavy syndication for long? Those other shows I've seen a million times. I only vaguely remember Alice.
I'm not sure. It definitely wasn't as heavy as the other ones mentioned.
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quote:
Originally posted by TerryR:
quote:
Originally posted by Gov't Mule:
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Originally posted by TerryR:
I used to watch it as a kid. It was one of those shows that ran after-school in syndication (Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life, Jeffersons, One Day at a Time etc).

I don't remember much about it other than "Kiss my Grits!" from Flo.

Was it in heavy syndication for long? Those other shows I've seen a million times. I only vaguely remember Alice.
I'm not sure. It definitely wasn't as heavy as the other ones mentioned.
I remember it being on a lot, I think it was mostly on the top independent channel in most markets since shows like MASH, All in the Family, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley got the spots on affiliates. It was also on TBS when it was still WTBS.
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I wasn't trying to think about what most independents played during prime time if they weren't a "movie station".
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