The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

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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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Working class New York bus driver Ralph Kramden is always coming up with get-rich-quick schemes for him and his best friend, Ed Norton, who's always around to help him get in (and out of) trouble.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Ralph Kramden (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
 Ed Norton (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
 Alice Kramden (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
 Trixie Norton (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jack Lescoulie ...
 Himself - Announcer (39 episodes, 1955-1956)


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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los recién casados  »

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(39 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The four main characters later became the prototypes for the four main characters in The Flintstones (1960). See more »


The background in the Kramden's window changes. Sometimes there are windows and fire escapes. Other times the fire escapes aren't there. This happens within episodes, not just from one episode to another. See more »


[repeated line]
Ralph: A mere bag of shells.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.169 (2009) See more »


You're My Greatest Love
Written by Jackie Gleason and Bill Templeton
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9 July 1999 | by (New York) – See 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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