Weekend Sitcom Marathons

(Above: The ‘Alice’ waitresses: Beth Howland, Linda Lavin, Polly Holliday)

Free over-the-air channel Antenna TV will present two classic sitcom marathons over Labor Day weekend.

The “Coach Back to Football Bowl” starts at 1 pm ET on Saturday and the “Alice Women at Work Labor Day marathon” at 5:30 am Monday. Both events last through 11:30 pm.

The two series had similar original runs: Alice, 202 episodes over nine CBS seasons (1976-1985) and Coach, 200 episodes over nine ABC seasons (1989-1997).

Coach starred former high school quarterback Craig T. Nelson as a college football coach in a role that won him a 1992 Best Actor Emmy.

Craig T. Nelson on Coach

Craig T. Nelson is a man of many iconic roles, but we here at Antenna TV have a special place in our hearts for Hayden Fox in Coach. Mr. Nelson recently reflected on the classic sitcom that we're honored to play every weeknight at 10p ET.

Posted by Antenna TV on Thursday, June 21, 2018

 

Alice starred Broadway musical veteran Linda Lavin as a single mother trying to make ends meet as a waitress at Mel’s Diner. Here, she’s joined in some song and dance by fellow musical/sitcom double-threat Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch):

Florence Henderson on Alice!

It's a song and dance extravaganza tonight on Alice! Florence Henderson stops by Mel's Diner… and the fun only starts there. Tune into Antenna TV tonight at 8p ET for an hour of Alice, Mel, Vera, and the whole gang!

Posted by Antenna TV on Monday, May 28, 2018

 

Alice and Coach both air regularly on Antenna TV’s weeknight schedule, in two-episode blocks at 8 pm and 10 pm respectively. Alice also airs Saturdays at 2:30 am and Sundays at 10:30 pm.

Antenna TV, as its name implies, is available via an antenna hooked up to your TV set. Visit Antenna TV’s Channel Finder to find your local station, and the channel’s schedule page for the complete Labor Day Weekend marathon lineups.

If you prefer your shows streamed, individual episodes and complete seasons of both Alice and Coach are available for purchase from Amazon: all nine seasons of Alice ($1.99/episode, $19.99/season), but only season one of Coach ($1.99/episode, $12.99/season).

Alice fans may also be interested in the 1974 movie on which the series was based: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, starring Ellen Burstyn in an Oscar-winning performance. It’s available to Filmstruck subscribers or for $2.99 YouTube rental fr0m Warner Movies on Demand.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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