By Dave Fogel

If you don’t like today’s TV theme selection, well, then you can “Kiss My Grits!”

That saying along with other like “Bag it, Blondie!” and “Stow it, Dinghy” have become part of everyday speak because of a show called “Alice” that aired on CBS for nine years from 1976 until 1985.

The TV series is actually based on the film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” and is about a recent widower that heads from New Jersey to California but never makes it and instead ends up working at a diner outside Phoenix.

The show was filled with all kinds of memorable characters like Mel, who owns the diner and waitresses Alice, Vera and Flo.

In the show, Alice wants to become a singer, which may be why Linda Lavin, who played the title character, actually does performs the show’s theme.


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