FLO - THE COMPLETE SERIES (CBS 1980-81)
Flo is an American sitcom and a spin-off of Alice that aired on CBS from March 24, 1980, to July 21, 1981. The series starred Polly Holliday as the title character of sassy and street-smart waitress Florence Jean "Flo" Castleberry who after four seasons as a waitress at Mel's Diner on Alice, Flo is on her way to a new restaurant hostess job in Houston, Texas as described in her final appearance, "Flo's Farewell" (season 4, episode 18 - not part of this set). In the first episode “Homecoming” she stops to visit her family in her hometown of Cowtown, Texas (Cowtown is the popular nickname of Fort Worth, TX) and in a fit of nostalgia, Flo buys a rundown old roadhouse she had enjoyed in her formative years and renames it "Flo's Yellow Rose". Coping with the business (such as chauvinistic bartender Earl (Geoffrey Lewis) and the greedy and obnoxious banker Farley (Jim B. Baker) who holds the mortgage), as well as her mother Velma (Sudie Bond) and strait-laced sister Fran (Lucy Lee Flippin), cause most of the conflict in the series.
The rest of Flo's staff at the Yellow Rose includes her childhood best friend Miriam (Joyce Bulifant) as waitress/bookkeeper and chain-smoking piano player Les (Stephen Keep). Randy, the mechanic (Leo Burmester) who worked at the garage next door, and Chester (Mickey Jones), were regular customers.
Notable guest stars: Vic Tayback made one guest appearance as Mel Sharples from Alice. Forrest Tucker appeared in two episodes as Flo’s father, James Cromwell, Robert Englund, Joanna Cassidy, Hoyt Axton, George Lindsey, Barbara Babcock, G. W. Bailey.
Although the series was successfully in the Top 20 throughout its run, it was cancelled at the end of its second season. This 4-disc set contains all 29 episodes. Quality: 10.
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