While the show remained firmly ensconced at the top of the rating charts, Alice's fourth season saw some big changes coming to the staff of Mel's. Polly Holiday's Flo proved an irresistible spin-off lure, and she departed for Flo's Yellow Rose partway through the season. Filling in for Flo for the remainder of the season was no less a talent than original Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore film Flo, Diane Ladd, playing "Belle," former Mel employee and former flame.
And Alice continued its grand dining tradition of putting celebs on the menu - found playing themselves this season are both Telly AND George Savalas, Art Carney (Vera's cousin!), and Dinah Shore (hosting Mel - and his chili! - on her talk show!). Memorable guests NOT playing themselves include the great Eve Arden as a local talk host and Martha Raye as Mel's overbearing mother, Carrie Sharples. This 3-Disc, 26 Episode Collection contains the entire fourth season.
The Warner Archive has today (October 22nd
) released Alice - The Complete 4th Season
on DVD. This manufacture on demand (MOD) title costs $29.95 SRP for 3 discs running 644 minutes. Package art is below, along with a button link for U.S. customers to order it from the WBshop.com online studio store. Fans elsewhere shouldn't worry, though, as we expect it to be available from Amazon's CreateSpace MOD program as well in the near future.