Flo

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Flo
Flo Title Screen.jpg
Title screen
Genre Sitcom
Written by Tom Biener
John Boni
David Brown
Dick Clair
George Geiger
Robert Getchell
Phillip Harrison Hahn
Bob Illes
Ron Landry
Jenna McMahon
Stephen A. Miller
Richard Orloff
James R. Stein
Directed by Marc Daniels
Bob LaHendro
Dick Martin
Starring Polly Holliday
Geoffrey Lewis
Jim B. Baker
Stephen Keep
Sudie Bond
Lucy Lee Flippin
Theme music composer Susan Glicksman
Fred Werner
Opening theme "Flo's Yellow Rose" performed by Hoyt Axton
Composer(s) Fred Werner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 29
Production
Executive producer(s) Jim Mulligan
Producer(s) Tom Biener
George Geiger
Bob Illes
James R. Stein
Location(s) CBS Television City, Hollywood California
Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank California
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 24 min
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run March 24, 1980 (1980-03-24) – June 30, 1981 (1981-06-30)
Chronology
Related shows Alice

Flo is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from 1980 to 1981. The series is a spin-off for Polly Holliday who portrayed the sassy and street-smart waitress Florence Jean "Flo" Castleberry on the sitcom Alice. Flo was cancelled at the end of its second season.

Synopsis[edit]

Flo is on her way to Houston, Texas for a new job as a restaurant hostess (as described in her last appearance in Alice) when she stops to visit her family in her hometown of Fort Worth, which she refers to as "Cowtown," as do many real-life locals. In a fit of nostalgia, she buys a rundown roadhouse she had enjoyed in her formative years, and names it "Flo's Yellow Rose". Coping with the business, as well as her mother and sister, caused most of the conflict in the series.

Vic Tayback made one appearance as Mel Sharples from Alice. Once Flo began, Polly Holliday never appeared again on Alice, except in flashback clips in the last episode.

Cast[edit]

Reception and cancellation[edit]

The short first season (spring 1980) was a ratings success ranking at #7 and had 24.4 million viewer average.[1] The following season brought a sharp decline in numbers (due to a timeslot change[citation needed]), and thus ended Flo.

Theme song[edit]

The theme song, "Flo's Yellow Rose" was written and sung by Hoyt Axton, who would co-star with Holliday in the 1984 film Gremlins.

Ratings[edit]

Season 1- #7 (top ten)
Season 2- #20 (top twenty)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Homecoming" March 24, 1980
1-2 "Showdown at the Yellow Rose" March 31, 1980
1-3 "Happy Birthday, Mama" April 7, 1980
1-4 "Take My Sister, Please" April 14, 1980
1-5 "The Hero of the Yellow Rose" April 21, 1980
1-6 "The Reunion" April 28, 1980

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
2-1 "The Enemy Below" October 27, 1980
2-2 "Farley, the People's Choice" November 3, 1980
2-3 "Bull Is Back in Town" November 17, 1980
2-4 "A Castleberry Thanksgiving (Part 1)" November 24, 1980
2-5 "A Castleberry Thanksgiving (Part 2)" November 24, 1980
2-6 "Willoughby Versus Willoughby" December 1, 1980
2-7 "So Long, Shorty" December 8, 1980
2-8 "Deserted Islands" December 15, 1980
2-9 "The Miracle of Casa de Huevos" December 22, 1980
2-10 "Grey Escape" January 5, 1981
2-11 "Pretty Baby" January 12, 1981
2-12 "Not With My Sister, You Don't" January 26, 1981
2-13 "The Price of Avocados (Part 1)" February 7, 1981
2-14 "The Price of Avocados (Part 2)" February 14, 1981
2-15 "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (a.k.a.) Welcome to the Club" February 21, 1981
2-16 "Gunsmoke at the Yellow Rose" February 28, 1981
2-17 "What Are Friends For?" March 14, 1981
2-18 "Just What the Doctor Ordered" March 21, 1981
2-19 "Footsie" April 4, 1981
2-20 "You Gotta Have Hoyt" April 11, 1981
2-21 "Flo's Encounter of the Third Kind" April 18, 1981
2-22 "No Men's Land" June 23, 1981
2-23 "The Daynce" June 30, 1981

DVD release[edit]

On November 5, 2013 Warner Bros. released Flo: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available via WBShop.com & Amazon.com.[2]

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