The Honeymooners TV Show

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1955-1971 | CBS
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The Honeymooners is a sitcom that starred Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden and centered Ralph's trials and tribulations of trying to better his life and family.
328 Chauncey Street, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York is where the apartment residences of the Kramdens and the Nortons stand. These four people, fifteen years after the depression are still struggling to make ends meet. Ralph Kramden and Alice Gibson married following his acquiring employment as a bus driver with the Gotham Bus Company. Edward Lillywhite Norton, a sewer worker, and his wife, Thelma 'Trixie', live above the Kramdens. The stories depict the sincere attempts of two men attempting to better their lives, and the ensuing frustrations when their schemes to strike it rich inevitably backfire. Although "The Honeymooners" is one of the best remembered comedy highlights of TV's golden age, it was seen for most of its history as a segment within other programs.

The Honeymooners Cast

Cast & Characters

  • Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden
  • Art Carney as Ed Norton
  • Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden (1952-1961)
  • Joyce Randolph as Trixie Norton (1952-1961)
  • Pert Kelton as Alice Kramden (1951-1952)
  • Sue Ann Langdon as Alice Kramden (1962)
  • Sheila MacRae as Alice Kramden (1966-1973)
  • Jane Kean as Trixie Norton (1966-1978)

Broadcast History

The Honeymooners Title Card First Telecast: October 1, 1955
Last Telecast: May 9, 1971
Original Network:  CBS
Number of Seasons: 3
Number of Episodes: 39
The Honeymooners Episode Guide
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
  • October 1955- February 1956, CBS, Saturday 8:30-9:00pm
  • February 1956- September 1956, CBS, Satuday 8:00-8:30pm
  • January 1971- May 1971, CBS, Sunday 10:00-11:00pm

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The Honeymooners Trivia

Jackie Gleason and Art Carney were first cast together on "The Cavalcade of Stars" program. Art's character "Ed Norton" was introduced on that series.

According to Jackie Gleason, Orson Welles was the first person to call him, "The Great One".

In addition to Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph, several other actresses played the roles of Alice and Trixie. Pert Kelton, Sue Ane Langdon and Sheila MacRae played Alice. Elaine Stritch, Patricia Wilson and Jane Kean played Trixie.

Jackie Gleason did not originally want Audrey Meadows to be cast for the part of Alice Kramden. He thought she was too young and too pretty. She sent him pictures of herself dressed as a poor housewife and he changed his mind.

In 1956, Art Carney won an emmy for the Honeymooners TV show as best actor in a supporting role. Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows both earned emmy nominations that year too but did not win.

You know how you're always hearing that some series is filmed in the same studio where the "Ed Sullivan Show" was done. Well, The Honeymooners episodes were done there first!

Jackie Gleason was born in a poor part of Brooklyn, NY pretty similar to his home on the Honeymooners.

The often heard of Honeymooners' "Lost Episodes" are actually the sketches of the Honeymooners that were performed on the Jackie Gleason Program. They were in Gleason's possession all those years (30) and he always knew where they were. He had copies because it was in his contract that he would receive copies of all shows.

The inscription on Jackie Gleason's headstone is his trademark phrase, "And Away We Go!".

Everyone knows that Jackie Gleason starred in the movie, "The Hustler" in the role of "Minnesota Fats". Many people know that Jackie did not use a "double" for the pool shots as he was an excellent pool player himself. Few people are aware, however, that he got his skill by actually working as a pool hustler in his younger days!

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