Alice: The Complete First Season
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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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The dvd picture and sound quality is excellent, and is far superior to the versions they used to air on cable. Also, these are the uncut, 25 minute versions of each episode. These complete versions of the episodes haven't aired on TV in over 20 years!
It's unfortunate that nobody under 30 has ever heard of this fun show. I hope they release the remaining 8 seasons soon. I'm having a wonderful time watching these shows again- it's like visiting old friends I haven't seen in many years.
The early seasons were the best in my opinion. Like other shows of the time (One Day at a Time, etc), comedy was a wonderful vehicle for presenting complex & controversal topics on occassion. Alice and the gang are presented life's ups and downs, introduction to alternate lifestyles, shady characters, complex relationships, romance, heartbreak, and all that makes life interesting. Alice was topical, yet timeless. Very rarely are there cases where an episode is dated, and in such cases, the timeless humor and message overcomes any aspect of it being dated.
As a customer who has made this site my go-to-one-stop-shopping site, I am highly disappointed that they would try to pass off a flea market quality DVD set to me. Please note that there is a warning in the product description that states that these are DVD-Rs. However, I was unaware that these even existed. From a customer that has ordered hundreds of DVDs, I have never encountered this before.
UPDATE: After doing some research into Warner Brothers official site, I found that these disks are made On Demand even on their site. I am not sure if they are factory pressed or if they are DVD-R quality as they are not open at the time of this review. If they are DVD-R then I will be highly disappointed in a company as big as Warner Brothers being this lazy as to releasing products of this low quality. It's nice to have the shows available to purchase, but treat the customer with a bit more respect by not making them feel like they purchased something from the back of someone's truck in a shady parking lot.
One of my favorite things about "Alice" has always been the theme song. It just sums up the series, and season 1 in particular wonderfully. Linda Lavin did have a lovely singing voice because she always sounded inviting, like a familiar, old friend at the piano.
The breakout character/star from the moment the series began has always been Flo (Polly Holliday). Part Mea West, part Annie Oakley and 100% Florence Jean Castleberry, this fiery strawberry-blonde redhead knew what she wanted and always went for it. She spoke her mind, she was spicy and sweet and never evasive and if there's one thing I learned from Flo it's that life doesn't stop just because you're a 40-something waitress in Phoenix, AZ. No way. This cowgirl knows how to have a good time.
Some of my favorite eps are probably yours as well. And these include: Alice Gets a Pass - Alice finds out that Mel's old college buddy swings in the opposite direction in one of the first instances that homosexuality was dealt with in a '70s sitcom, Goodnight, Sweet Vera - the girls try to save poor Vera's life after she tries to OD on pills, and The Odd Couple - Flo moves in temporarily with Alice after her trailer is stolen. Take special note of Flo's nightgown in this ep, what a hot mama.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ahh what a great show. I was way to young to remember this when it first aired but later in life I saw a few episodes in re-runs and liked it but then years later I totally forgot... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kevin
Even though these discs are made on DVD-R's as customers order them, do not let that discourage you if you're on the fence about buying "Alice". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Baron Sardonicus
I wish there was more season for stream video of Alice and I wish they have threes Company tooPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great television sitcom classic!! Love this show & I'm hoping to see all seasons available thru Amazon Instant Video in the near future!!Published 3 months ago by leonie collins
I loved watching a show I remember from when I was a kid. Much better than newer shows.Published 3 months ago by Cheryl
Where are the other seasons of this show??????? I really want to purchase all seasons! Love this show!!!!!Published 4 months ago by Suzette Meinke
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No captions or subtitles. Just so you know: 99% of MOD (Manufacture-on-demand) titles, such as this one, will not have any captions or subtitles.
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