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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Alice: The Complete First Season DVD Review

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Alice: The Complete First Season DVD Review

Synopsis:"...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 run that saw this new style sit-com 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.
Review: Alice was a 1970s-80s television show that was based on a feature film titled "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore".  The nine season show ran well into the 1980s with a premise of a widow trying to restart her life with her son, working at a roadside diner.  From there the show branched out into a huge character study with many different plot arcs.  This season, the firsts season, is arguably the best and the most pure to the show's idea.  This fantastic DVD from the Warner Archive is our first of (hopefully) many that will complete this series finally for fans!

Interest Range: Vintage TV, Comedy