Parents' Guide to

Kate & Allie

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

80s fave about single moms, friendship, and fun.

TV Syndicated , WE Comedy 1984
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Life as a blended family isn't always smooth for the free-spirited Kate and the more straitlaced Allie. But the women rely on their strong friendship to get them through the tough times while they focus on building happy lives. Together they struggle with achieving financial security, raising their kids, and facing their fears about dating and starting new romantic relationships.

Along with issues related to divorce, single parenthood, and non-traditional families, the series also focuses on the transition of women's roles during the '80s. Allie evaluates her sense of self-worth after surviving a marriage with a cheating husband, while the more-confident Kate strives for respect and gender equality in the workplace. The best part is that even with all those heavy topics in play, the show is still lighthearted and fun (though later episodes include major lifestyle changes for the gang that fail to capture the show's original spirit). It successfully captures some of the major issues faced by aging female (and some male) Baby Boomers in the mid-'80s.

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