Kate & Allie

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  • S 6 : Ep 22

    What a Wonderful Episode (a.k.a. It's a Wonderful Episode a.k.a. Kate and Allie Go to Hell)

    Aired 5/22/89

  • S 6 : Ep 22

    What a Wonderful Episode

    Aired

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    My Boyfriend's Back

    Aired 5/15/89

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    Hockey Team

    Aired 5/8/89

  • S 6 : Ep 19

    The Last Temptation of Allie

    Aired 5/1/89

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Onorati

    Lou Carello (1988-1989)

  • Allison Smith

    Jennie Lowell

  • Jane Curtin

    Allie Lowell

  • Fred Koehler

    Chip Lowell

  • Susan Saint James

    Kate McArdle

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  • Kate and Allie, which ran on CBS from 19 March 1984 to 22 May 1989, was the brainchild of Sherry Coben who came up with the idea for the series while attending a high school reunion. There she noticed that a couple of divorcees who seemed unhappy and dissatisfied found comfort in sharing with each other. Coben worked with this germinal notion and successfully pitched the resulting script, originally entitled, "Two Mommies," to Michael Ogiens, then head of New York program development at CBS. Ogiens liked the script because it contained fresh material that dealt with a real issue of the day--single parenthood. Kate and Allie was an instant success, ranking fourth the week it debuted, garnering consistently high ratings thereafter, and earning Jane Curtin two consecutive Emmys and Bill Persky, one. The characters and the issues they dealt with obviously appealed to the program's audience. Saint James' character, Kate, is a woman recently divorced from her unstable and somewhat flighty part-time actor husband, Max. She has one daughter, 14-year-old Emma (Ari Meyers). Curtin's Allie is also recently divorced from her successful, but unfaithful doctor husband, Charles. She has a 14-year-old daughter Jennie (Allison Smith) and a seven-year-old son, Chip (Frederick Koehler). Neither Kate nor Allie have ruled out remarriage but view their new situation as a provisional reprieve, a time for both women to come to know and appreciate themselves. On one level the series dealt with practical problems faced by divorced women with children: adjusting to a new lifestyle and to living closely with new people, dealing with children's issues, beginning to date again, securing financial stability.moreless

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  • Quotes (31)

    • (Speaking about Charles)> Allie: Sleazy libertine!

    • Kate (about Allie): You are a wanton trollop and a compulsive liar!

    • Allie: This is hardcore alone. It's like playing hide-and-seek and nobody comes to look for you.

    • Talking about their college professor Kate: He hasn't changed a bit. Allie: Still "shoes under the bed."

    • Allie: A day without Ted is like a...day without Ted!

    • Kate:Ted, I don't want to live on a barge and swim to work, especially if I don't have a job.

    • Kate: Coffee's too cold. Allie: How would you know, you're drinking maple syrup.

    • Kate: Why do you keep shopping? Allie: Why do birds fly? Why do fish swim?

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    Notes (33)

    • This episode was shot on January 24, 1984.

    • Some sources credit Bob Randall as the writer of this episode.

    • Bill Persky won a 1983 Emmy (Outstanding Directing -- Comedy Series) for this episode.

    • Alert: Watch for a very young Jonathan Brandis as a friend of chip's that gets stuck in the sleeping bag.

    • In 1984, Bill Persky was nominated for an Outstanding Directing -- Comedy Series emmy for this episode.

    • Editor's Note: I think there are good arguments on both sides of this issue. However, given the era in which this episode was produced and aired, it was probably one of the most positive depictions of gays and lesbians in its time.

    • I would say this is an affront to the Gay rights movement. Kate's need for Allie is a simple economic necessity. This is later proven, when Allie moves out Kate will get another roommate. Although this is a show about blending families, Kate and Allie are clearly avoiding a rent increase by appealing to unapt logic. If Allie hadn't moved in Kate STILL would have had to get a new roommate.

    • In its gentle way, this was a landmark television episode for non-judgmental depiction of gays and lesbians. When Kate & Allie argue that their landlady is showing the same prejudice against blended families that others show toward gay families, she is taken aback and admits that they are right.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Allie: I am hardly the type of woman a man develops a life-long passion for. Even Charles quit in defeat!

    • Christa Miller is Susan Saint James' niece, and her small role in this episode was her first acting credit.

    • This episode contains Ben Stiller's first acting credit. He plays a significant role as one of the organizers of the student protest.

    • After nearly a decade of being offered only bit parts, David Rasche would begin his signature starring role on "Sledge Hammer!" just a few months after his guest appearance in this episode.

    • I guess this is more of a nit pick. Old Chip comes back home and the builders are tearing down the old house. The wallpaper that's on the walls is the same blue wiggle design that was in the house in the 1980's. Meaning that in the interveining 30 years, the house has remained un decorated, even the tounge and groove remains the same dark brown.

    • Christa Miller, who plays one of Kate's potential new house mates, happens to be the niece of Susan St. James who plays Kate.

    • Christa Miller-Lawrence, who plays Blair in this episode, is Susan Saint-James' niece.

    • When Kate accidentally pours coffee onto the counter, when the camera cuts to Allie, and returns to Kate, the counter is completely dry as though no coffee had been spilled.

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    Allusions (14)

    • Allie: Bye, Mr. Chips. Bye, my fancy. Bye, yellow brick road. These are references to the James Hilton book "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", the movie "Goodbye, My Fancy", and the Elton John song "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road."

    • Kate (after Allie kisses her children goodbye): Is this the part where you walk into the ocean? This is a reference to Kate Chopin's "The Awakening," where a woman ends her life by walking into the ocean.

    • Title: The Maltese Chotchke This refers to the famous Film Noir, The Maltese Falcon, from 1941, starring Humphrey Bogart.

    • Allie: Malcolm said I'm Shakespeare's sonnet. Kate: You're an Easter bonnet. You're Mickey Mouse! These are references to the song "You're the Top" by Cole Porter.

    • Title: Dark Victory Dark Victory is the title of a 1939 fim noir starring Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.

    • Emma: But if you ever open a motel, I am NOT getting in the shower.
      After finding out that Chip is burying dead pets in her backyard, Emma makes this reference to the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's classic film "Psycho".

    • Kate/Allie: "Allie Karenina"
      In the 1901 sweatshop fantasy sequence, Allie is "Allie Karenina" a reference to Tolstoy's 1877 novel.

    • Title: Allie Doesn't Live Here Anymore This refers to the Oscar winning movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristopherson, and Diane Ladd.

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  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • A show that needs to be rediscovered!

    By lstaltari, Jul 07, 2005

  • "Kate & Allie" IS the quintessential New York sitcom! No other sitcom--not even "Seinfeld"--can define life in the Big Apple as brilliantly as this gem.

    By BatJane, Feb 19, 2011

  • Absolutely, positively, outrageously, BORING!

    By DarkNinja1994, Feb 09, 2008

  • A great sitcom.

    By ironical08, Jun 02, 2008

  • I am bummed that I never knew about this show before now!

    By sunshyn256, Mar 04, 2008

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