The 1975 movie “Alice Doesn’t Live Here
Anymore” was a pretty big hit, so it was no surprise when the television
show Alice aired in 1976. However, no one could have predicted the show’s
success nor the fact that the show would successfully air until 1985, when
the final season was run.
The show revolved around a character
(played by Linda Lavin), whose husband had died in an accident. Alice
and her son Tommy leave New York and head to California in hopes that
Alice can make it as a professional singer. Unfortunately, they run into
a bit of trouble along the way and Alice finds herself taking a job as a
waitress at Mel’s Diner in Arizona.
girls in the late 70s and early 80s, Alice’s son Tommy (played by Philip
McKeon – brother to Nancy McKeon of “Facts of Life” fame) offered much
to admire. If only he’d had more screen time . . . sigh. Born in 1964,
he’ll be 47 this year. I’m just guessing he doesn’t look like this
anymore. But then, who does?
While working at Mel’s Diner, Alice becomes close friends with Flo and
Vera, two other waitresses. Eventually Flo left (for a spin-off series)
and a few other characters came and went. The shows ratings went up and
down and then back up. The show didn’t end due to a loss of a fan base,
but rather a loss of interest on the part of Linda Lavin, who felt that
the show had lived out its life. The series ended with Mel selling the
diner and Alice becoming a singer in Nashville. Everyone lived happily
While there aren’t really any boxed set DVDs of Alice, six episodes of the
show were recorded onto DVD as a part of
Warner Brothers’ Television
Favorites. If you want to see more than the six episodes on the DVD, AOL
in2tv airs Alice episodes for free.
To all those who loved Alice, those who still do and those who have yet to
meet her, the 80s were definitely better because of her – proving that
women could make it on their own.
information about Alice, visit this
site. There is a scary amount of information there about this
great show. You can even listen to the theme song.