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The Honeymooners 

A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

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Jackie Gleason
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1956   1955  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jackie Gleason ...  Ralph Kramden 39 episodes, 1955-1956
Art Carney ...  Ed Norton 39 episodes, 1955-1956
Audrey Meadows ...  Alice Kramden 39 episodes, 1955-1956
Joyce Randolph ...  Trixie Norton 39 episodes, 1955-1956
Jack Lescoulie ...  Himself - Announcer 39 episodes, 1955-1956
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Storyline

Ralph Kramden is a New York bus driver who dreams of a better life. With his eccentric good friend, Ed Norton the sewer worker, he constantly tries crackpot schemes to strike it rich. All the while, his exasperated wife, Alice, is always there to bring him down to earth or to pick him up if he beats her to it. For as much as they fight, even dunderhead Ralph knows that she is the greatest and vice versa, despite his constant threats of domestic violence. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <[email protected]>

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honeymooners See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (original version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Audrey Meadows received hundreds of household items in the mail such as curtains, pot holders, and irons from fans who wanted Alice to have better things. One fan sent her ten cents to buy a curtain rod, because it was too hard to mail one. See more »

Goofs

The Kramden's apartment door opens out into the hallway. A door that enters a dwelling always opens into the building...such as apartments, hotels/motels, and houses. See more »

Quotes

Ralph: If any of the Racoons ever get sick, it'll be my responsibility to go and visit them.
Alice: Oh, that is a very important responsibility, Ralph. You better start now and find out what the visiting hours are at Bellevue.
Ralph: That did it, Alice - that did it. You have just broken the camel's back with that straw. You have ridiculed my brother Racoons. You have just made fun of something very big that's close to my heart.
Alice: The only thing big that's close to your heart is your stomach.
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Alternate Versions

The original ending had Gleason in front of a curtain doing a commercial for the show's sponsor, Buick. The ending credit roll would begin with "Your Buick dealer has brought you..." and included a credit for Buick spokesman Jack Lescoulie. The credits appeared larger on screen (than in the more familiar 16mm television syndication prints) and were run over a line caricature of Gleason in his "away we go" pose. See more »


Soundtracks

You're My Greatest Love
Written by Jackie Gleason and Bill Templeton
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A Cultural Icon
9 July 1999 | by jiffy-2See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest TV shows of all time. If you have never seen this, you're in for a real treat. Ralph (Jackie Gleason) is a bus driver for the Gotham Bus Company. He lives in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn with his long-suffering wife Alice (Audrey Meadows). His best pal is the sewer worker who lives upstairs, Ed Norton (Art Carney). Ralph is always scheming to make money. His ideas never work. The things I like best about this show is a) the writing -- introduced phrases that are now part of the American language ("To the moon, Alice!" b) the directing -- look what they did with three cameras that never moved! c) the acting, esp. the improvisation when gags failed -- remember, this was live TV! This show was the influence of the cartoon "The Flintstones", plus a couple of generations of every other TV sitcom.


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