Kate & Allie: Season One
introduced a new type of nuclear family to the 1980s: a pair of divorced women living with their children together in a somewhat cramped New York brownstone. A mid-season replacement in 1984, the sitcom starring Susan Saint James as Kate McArdle and Jane Curtain as Allie Lowell was both a critical and commercial success. The shoulder pads, clunky answering machine, and hairdon'ts give away the decade, but the storylines of grown-up best friends supporting and, at times, sparring with each other during personal and professional crises are timeless. Curtain and Saint James share a wonderful chemistry that makes them easy to watch.
In the first of six episodes, viewers are introduced to Allie's first post-divorce date, played by a dashing young Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Frasier). Almost two decades before the gals on Sex and the City began tackling relationships, Kate summed it up best: "Dating's about finding someone so you never have to date again." By the time the series ended production in 1989, Kate and Allie's relationship had gotten a little hackneyed and it was time for the ladies to move on. But those first few seasons were fast, funny, and full of possibilities. --Jae-Ha Kim
VEI Proudly Presents the Complete First and Second Seasons of the Groundbreaking Emmy Award Winning TV Sitcom Kate & Allie on DVD! This 4 Disc Set Contains all 6 Episodes from Season One & all 22 Episodes from Season Two + Bonus Material Starring Susan Saint James (MacMillan & Wife) and Jane Curtain (Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock From The Sun) When Allie (Jane Curtain) divorces her husband and gets custody of their two children, she moves to New York City and moves in with her best friend Kate (Susan Saint James), who is also divorced and raising a teenage daughter. The five of them form a unique kind of family unit in this beloved feel good comedy from the 1980s.