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Alice: The Complete First Season



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.

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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.


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Alice: The Complete First Season
 
4.8

(based on 54 reviews)

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  • Entertaining (43)
  • Funny (39)
  • Classic style (29)
  • Engaging (19)
  • Engaging characters (6)

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    • At home (8)
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    Finally The Classic Series Comes To DVD

    It is great to see the first season of this classic come to DVD. Great characters and amusing stories fill this series. If your looking for extras there are not any. For me...Read complete review

    It is great to see the first season of this classic come to DVD. Great characters and amusing stories fill this series. If your looking for extras there are not any. For me this is not an issue. For others it may be. Nice on screen menu with the option to play or each episode one at a time. Each episode from Season 1 is included and these are not the edited cuts you see when shown in syndication these run 25 26 minutes each.

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    A 70's Sitcom

    Though the language is acceptable for the most part there is an introduction to alternative life styles. It's a rather mediocre sitcom; a little slower than some and not as humorous as other sitcoms...Read complete review

    Though the language is acceptable for the most part there is an introduction to alternative life styles. It's a rather mediocre sitcom; a little slower than some and not as humorous as other sitcoms of that era. If recommending it to a friend, I would be candid of the content.

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    5.0

    Great To Have Alice On Dvd

    By classic tv guy

    from nashua nh

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

      thanks wb for putting this great show on dvd

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So glad that WB released Alice on DVD

      By MD

      from NJ

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • High Production Value
      • Original

      Cons

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        • At Home
        • Perfect Gift
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

        DVD is a great quality. Am really so thrilled to have this great show on DVD and will be purchasing all the available seasons of Alice. Will be ordering the Flo spinoff DVD as well. Keep them coming WB! :)

         
        5.0

        "Warner Bros. Thankyou!"

        By Cactus

        from AZ

        About Me Avid Moviegoer

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original
        • We Want More

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          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
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          • Travel
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          Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

          I just received season 1 last night. I laughed and felt this is like my, "Comfort Food" but in a DVD form. I love the old sitcoms and collect them. But this particular one really hits home if you work any job retail etc. Mel's Diner and it's character's remind me of simular relationships and their friendships from work, I've had and continue to have till this day with workers in real life. I just connect with "Alice" Let's all rally and get Warner Bros. to continue to release the complete Series.I believe they are up to 3 seasons and there are 9 of them.Can't wait I want all of them.The DVD's are Clear and have great Quality .I Want to Thank Warner Bros.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Alice Season 1

          By Jill

          from West Jordan, Utah

          About Me Casual Viewer

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          Pros

          • Entertaining
          • Original

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            • At Home

            Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

            So happy to have these old sitcoms available. I wish all the seasons would be available.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Alice

            By ibzumin

            from illinois

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            Pros

            • Entertaining

            Cons

            • No Episode List

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            • At Home

            Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

            There was no list of episodes in the case or printed on the discs.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love old Sitcoms

            By Heather

            from New Brighton, PA

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            • Entertaining

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              Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

              DVD

               
              5.0

              Great 70s show

              By CB

              from Torrance, CA

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining

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                  Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

                  Great ensemble cast.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  WONDERFUL Series!

                  By Alex575

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                  • Entertaining

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                    • Adult Viewers
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                    Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

                    Warner Brothers has done a disservice to fans of the TV show ALICE by not remastering the series and releasing the show on DVD earlier.

                    Anyway, better late than never.

                    The "On-Demand" DVDs of this series have decent picture quality and I only noticed some video noise and artifacting on the episode "Mel's Happy Burger," which is the last episode on the third DVD. Also, the audio sounded a little tinny in the beginning of that same episode but clears up. Some of the color looks a little odd on some episodes, but not glaringly, so it shouldn't interfere with viewing pleasure.

                    Otherwise the first season of ALICE is enjoyable and includes DVD menus that look like an old fashioned "Guest Check" receipt (that waiters/waitresses used to write orders down on), and features a play all option or episode selection.

                    It also includes the pilot episode that featured a different "Tommy." And each episode contains the original openings with the "There's A New Girl In Town," sung by star Linda Lavin, and includes the huming/scatting at the end credits as well.

                    I don't know why it took so long to get this series onto DVD because aside from Norman Lear's canon of iconic sitcoms, this show was a standout featuring some controversial topics (back then) like homosexuality, loneliness, suicide, and sexual harrassment. And it did it all with humor and class.

                    If you remember the show from back then, you'll be amazed at how the series hasn't really aged at all from then (except for hairstyles and clothes) and you'll find the show just as funny as ever. I highly recommend it!

                    No special features are included, unfortunately.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A fun classic!

                    By Ron

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Casual Viewer

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                    Pros

                    • Entertaining
                    • Original

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adult Viewers
                      • At Home
                      • Younger Viewers

                      Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

                      I grew up watching Alice during its 1976-85 9-season run on CBS. I enjoyed the show and am glad that Warner Archive has made it available for today's generation of TV viewers. While it's period piece like most sitcoms, I still feel it can be by any member of today's TV viewing audience.

                       
                      4.0

                      Transfer leaves something to be desired

                      By paulb_30

                      from Anderson, CA

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                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Original

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                          Comments about Alice: The Complete First Season:

                          This interesting and entertaining series originally aired from the mid 70s to mid 80s is somewhat hurt by the poor quality of video transfer in this DVD collection. Varying color saturation from episode to episode can be somewhat of a distraction. However, if you are a fan, it will probably be easy to overlook. High definition monitor is wasted on this one.

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