The BEST episodes of Kate & Allie

Every episode of Kate & Allie ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Kate & Allie!

Kate and Allie, which ran on CBS from 19 March 1984 to 22 May 1989, was the brainchild of Sherry Coben who came up with the idea for the series while attending a high school reunion. There she noticed that a couple of divorcees who seemed unhappy and dissatisfied found comfort in sharing with each other. Coben worked with this germinal notion and successfully pitched the resulting script, originally entitled, "Two Mommies," to Michael Ogiens, then head of New York program development at CBS. Ogiens liked the script because it contained fresh material that dealt with a real issue of the day--single parenthood. Kate and Allie was an instant success, ranking fourth the week it debuted, garnering consistently high ratings thereafter, and earning Jane Curtin two consecutive Emmys and Bill Persky, one. The characters and the issues they dealt with obviously appealed to the program's audience. Saint James' character, Kate, is a woman recently divorced from her unstable and somewha

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Fathers and Sons
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#1 - Fathers and Sons

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/14/1987

An adult Chip brings his son Scotty to the old apartment just before the building is demolished, and reminisces a bout the day he tried to conceal a report card showing that he had failed science -- convincing him that he would always be a failure.

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Bob Randall
My Day With Paul Newman
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#2 - My Day With Paul Newman

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/1/1988

A film crew asks to use the front door in a movie

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Tony Lang
Almost Married (a.k.a.) And Then There Were None
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#3 - Almost Married (a.k.a.) And Then There Were None

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/18/1988

Ted invites everybody to his friends' cabin in the Adirondacks, but there's an escaped convict on the loose.

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Bob Randall
The Band Singer
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#4 - The Band Singer

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/11/1988

Jenny is enamored of classmate Howard, auditions for his band, and becomes their lead singer. While the band rehearses in their basement, Kate and Allie give combined French dinners/French lessons and worry that Jenny is not willing to be herself with Howard -- to the point where she won't admit she can't rollerskate when he wants her to sing dressed as a skating '50s carhop.

Directors: Bill Persky
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A Catered Affair
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#5 - A Catered Affair

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/4/1988

Directors: Bill Persky
The Nightmare Before Christmas
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#6 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/14/1987

Kate, Allie and the kids work overtime buying and wrapping gifts for the catering clients, promising themselves a skiing vacation in Vermont & but the apartment is burgled and everything stolen, leaving them to redo it all in just one day.

Directors: Bill Persky
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The Triangle Has Four Sides
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#7 - The Triangle Has Four Sides

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/7/1987

Kate tries to date Dennis and Peter at the same time, but they end up finding out about each other. When Kate realizes they don't care she is dating other men, she dumps them both and starts dating Ted, again.

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Bob Randall
The Marriage Counselor
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#8 - The Marriage Counselor

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/23/1987

Bob suggests marriage counseling for the constantly bickering Kate and Allie.

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Bob Randall
Hired Wife
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#9 - Hired Wife

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/16/1987

Businessman Bill Connor comes with a startling proposition: he is single but pretending to be married in order to get a promotion, and needs someone to impersonate his non-existent wife at an executive party. Kate agrees with his stand against prejudice on the basis of marital status but then is attracted to a man who turns out to be a co-worker of Bill's. The whole farce turns out to be moot when Bill finds out the promotion was never available--the company was hiring from the outside--and quits, leaving Kate free to date Peter.

Directors: Bill Persky
Jennie's New Deal
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#10 - Jennie's New Deal

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/9/1987

After Emma moves into the college dorm, Jennie feels cooped up living at home under her mother's rules.

Directors: Bill Persky
Ted's Fix-Up
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#11 - Ted's Fix-Up

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/26/1987

Kate and Angela fix each other up with each other's ex's, with surprising results.

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Dana Persky
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
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#12 - Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/19/1987

While Kate and Dennis take old clothes to Goodwill, Allie rushes across town to pay Jennie's school fees but l eaves her purse in the cab and is left stranded and penniless in Manhattan.

Return of Bob Barsky
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#13 - Return of Bob Barsky

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/12/1987

After an unexplained absence, Bob Barsky calls to ask Allie out on a date and explains that he is moving back to New York -- and is also seeing someone else.

Directors: Bill Persky
Mother's Day
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#14 - Mother's Day

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/5/1987

Resenting their daughters' taking them for granted, Kate and Allie guiltily invite their own mothers to lunch -- then regret it when Marion won't stop talking about the food on her recent cruise and Joan won't stop criticizing Allie.

Directors: Bill Persky
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Kate and the Cab Driver
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#15 - Kate and the Cab Driver

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/28/1987

Kate falls for a charmingly immature cab driver who quit his job as an advertising executive to become an artist -- and who wants Kate to go on impulse with him to Brazil.

Writer: Bob Randall
The Dilemma with Emma
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#16 - The Dilemma with Emma

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/21/1987

Everyone has date problems: Emma has no date for the college dance and must go with Jennie and Jason & Jennie breaks up with Jason & Chip has a fight with Amy upstairs because she was drooling over Matt Dillon in the movie they rent ed & Kate's chiropractor date was a self-centered bore; and Allie has no date at all. But Emma meets someone at the dance: a self-satisfied, arrogrant business major whom everyone else hates on sight.

Directors: Bill Persky
The Namath of the Game
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#17 - The Namath of the Game

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/3/1988

Sports nut Kate becomes Joe Namath's personal assistant

Directors: Bill Persky
Allie's Surprise Party
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#18 - Allie's Surprise Party

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/18/1987

Kate and Allie deal with a demanding socialite's children's party, while Allie mopes over turning 39 without a surprise party of her own.

Directors: Bill Persky
Charles' Dinner
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#19 - Charles' Dinner

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/11/1987

Kate and Allie cater Charles' and Claire's anniversary dinner.

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Bob Randall
Kate Quits
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#20 - Kate Quits

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/4/1987

Emma asks Kate to talk about her work as a travel agent for her school's ""Women's Career Day,"" causing Allie to realize how much she hates her job at the movie theatre -- until it burns down. When Kate encourages her to find a job she wants, such as the museum job she has always wanted, Allie finds a position in the gift shop of the ""Museum of Contemporary Art"" -- and her happiness causes Kate to realize how much she hates her job. Kate's talk turns into a rant about needing the courage to quit her job & then Allie arrives home to say the Museum's sprinklers causes a flood and she is unemployed too.

Directors: Bill Persky
Allie on Strike
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#21 - Allie on Strike

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/6/1987

Fed up with constant demands from the kids and Kate, feeling overworked and unappreciated, Allie goes ""on strike"" -- then gets worried when the others start to cope without her.

Directors: Bill Persky
Dearly Beloved
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#22 - Dearly Beloved

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/23/1987

To dig up enough money for a date, Chip opens a pet cemetery. To finance a date, Chip starts a pet-burial service.

Send Me No Flowers
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#23 - Send Me No Flowers

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/16/1987

The arrival of a bouquet with a card saying simply ""I'm sorry"" prompts everyone to recount how badly they were treated that day -- by clerks, bank personnel, schoolmates -- and to speculate on who exactly is apologizing to whom.

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Bob Randall
Reruns
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#24 - Reruns

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/2/1987

Allie dreams that she and Kate are characters in ""I Love Lucy."" Mail forwarded to Allie from Connecticut contains a perfumed envelope addressed to Charles, marked ""Private and Personal"". Struggling to keep from opening it, Allie falls asleep in front of late night TV and dreams herself and Kate into old episodes of ""I Love Lucy"" and ""Mary Tyler Moore.""

Directors: Bill Persky
Writer: Bob Randall
Louis in Love
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#25 - Louis in Love

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/23/1987

Kate tries to explain love to Louis. The family meet Louis' mentally challenged friend Catherine, who clearly has a crush on him, so Kate tries to persuade Louis that a woman really likes him and he assumes she means herself.

Directors: Bill Persky

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