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The HONEYMOONERS & Jackie Gleason: A Look Behind the Camera

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The Honeymooners was a sitcom that came along and changed the course of TV forever... the show was based on a recurring 1951–55 sketch of the same name and it originally aired on the DuMont network's Cavalcade of Stars, Jackie Gleason's variety show and on the CBS network's The Jackie Gleason Show, which was filmed in front of a live audience. Originally, it debuted as a half-hour series on October 1, 1955. When the Honeymooners first hit the air it was a ratings success and it quickly became the #2 show in the United States during the first season...of course the show faced tough competition from brilliant inception of The Perry Como Show... The show eventually dropped to #19 and ended its production after a short 39 episodes. This batch of TV brilliance is now classicly referred to as the "Classic 39". The final episode of The Honeymooners aired on September 22, 1956. Creator/producer/writer Jackie Gleason rebooted the series sporadically until 1978. Amongst other things The Honeymooners was one of the first U.S. TV shows to jump into the genre of the working-class married couples in a true to life, underbelly manner and was never afraid to show the grit of reality and the trying times that we all go through.  The show was mostly filmed in the Kramdens' kitchen, in a run-down Brooklyn apartment building.



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