Kate & Allie was an American television situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984 to May 22, 1989. Kate & Allie first aired on CBS as a midseason replacement series and only six episodes were initially commissioned, but the favorable response from critics and viewers alike (its first episode ranked #4 out of all the television shows airing that week) easily convinced CBS to commit to a full season in the fall of 1984. The show stars Susan Saint James as the free-spirited Kate McArdle and Jane Curtin as her more traditional childhood friend, Allie Lowell. The premise: the two decide to share a brownstone in New York City’s Greenwich Village after their respective divorces, raising their families together. The show is regarded as a landmark in its portrayal of what a modern family could be. It gave hope to countless broken homes that unmarried life after a divorce didn’t have to be just average, but could actually be better than it was before.
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