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Kate & Allie

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Kate & Allie was a television situation comedy, airing on CBS from 1984 to 1989. The show starred Susan Saint James as Kate McArdle and Jane Curtin as Allie Lowell, childhood friends who decided to share an apartment after their respective divorces.

The show also starred Ari Meyers as Kate's daughter Emma, and Frederick Koehler and Allison Smith as Allie's son and daughter Chip and Jennie.

The show's comedic depiction of two single women was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed sitcoms of the 1980s. Both Kate and Allie dated regularly, but were portrayed as strong, independent women, which was still a relative novelty on television at the time.

In the show's final seasons, Allie dated and married Bob Barsky (Sam Freed), a television sportscaster. Following their marriage, Allie and Bob moved into a new apartment; Bob simultaneously took a job which involved regular travel, and consequently Kate moved into the new apartment as well. This plot development, frequently cited as one of the canonical examples of a television show jumping the shark, caused the show's ratings to decline and led to its 1989 cancellation.


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"The best written episode of ANY sitcom was when Kate and Allie reflected on their lives. Kate had recently broken-up with her boyfriend and Allie's first husband, Charles was getting married. The episode aired in 1985 and remains timeless."


"One of the most insightful, humorous and memorable shows of the series was the final show of the second series. I periodically view it (Charles marries Clair and Kate and Allie commiserate over a lobster dinner). It is priceless!!!!"


"My favorite episode of Kate & Allie was where Chip starts a pet burial business to raise money for a date with a girl who moved into his apartment block. I loved it when Allie discovers the dead hamster in the refrigerator and the kids have to come clean!"


"I agree. . . the episode with Kate & Allie's dinner when Charles got re-married was a brilliant and hilarious masterpiece. Great writing and acting. Hopefully they will announce the release of season 2 before too long, now that season 1 is finally coming in May. "

--80's fan



Aired: 1984-1989

Cast: Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James

Network: CBS

Genre: Sitcom

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