The Life of Riley (1949–1950)

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Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His ... See full summary »

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1950   1949  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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 Chester A. Riley / ... (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Rosemary DeCamp ...
 Peg Riley / ... (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Lanny Rees ...
 Junior Riley / ... (22 episodes, 1949-1950)
Sid Tomack ...
 Jim Gillis / ... (22 episodes, 1949-1950)
Gloria Winters ...
 Babs Riley / ... (20 episodes, 1949-1950)
John Brown ...
 Digger O'Dell / ... (11 episodes, 1949-1950)
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Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His stock answer to every turn of fate became a catch phrase: 'What a revoltin' development this is!" Written by Anonymous

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The earliest of early television
21 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1949's "The Life of Riley" must be one of the oldest, if not the oldest sit-com in television history, considering that television first came into existence only three years earlier. I remember briefly seeing a few episodes in reruns on a local New York station when I was a kid around 1980, but I don't remember what any of them were about. I just remember that Jackie Gleason played Riley, and Riley's demeanor was nothing like Ralph Kramden's. I only remember Gleason playing Riley like the poor soul. And I remember the opening-credit intro was animated and showed the outside of the house and Riley's mailbox. But that's about it.


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