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Kate & Allie was a television situation comedy, airing on CBS from 1984 to 1989. The show starred Susan Saint James as Kate McArdle and Jane Curtin as Allie Lowell, childhood friends who decided to share an apartment after their respective divorces. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Susan as Sally McMillan in The Man Without A Face, (ca?)1975 Susan St. ... Jane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage, which can be contrasted with an annulment which is a declaration that a marriage is void, though the effects of marriage may be recognized in such unions, such as spousal support, child custody and distribution of property. ...

The show also starred Ari Meyers as Kate's daughter Emma, and Frederick Koehler and Allison Smith as Allie's son and daughter Chip and Jennie. Ari Meyers (born April 6, 1969, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an actress who is best known for her role as Emma Jane McArdle in the Kate & Allie (1984) TV series. ...

The show's comedic depiction of two single women was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed sitcoms of the 1980s. Both Kate and Allie dated regularly, but were portrayed as strong, independent women, which was still a relative novelty on television at the time. Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ...

In the show's final seasons, Allie dated and married Bob Barsky (Sam Freed), a television sportscaster. Following their marriage, Allie and Bob moved into a new apartment; Bob simultaneously took a job which involved regular travel, and consequently Kate moved into the new apartment as well. This plot development, frequently cited as one of the canonical examples of a television show jumping the shark, caused the show's ratings to decline and led to its 1989 cancellation. Jumping the shark is a metaphor used by television critics since the 1990s. ...

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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.
Kate McArdle, on the other hand, has a stronger sense of her own identity, but must constantly struggle for equality at work and for the assurance that her goals will be respected in any love relationship.
While Kate still had not met a man whose life goals matched her own, she and Allie owned a successful business, and the audience was sure that she would not succumb to a marriage which downplayed her personal desires.
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