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The Jackie Gleason Show 

Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 nominations. See more awards »


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 Himself - Announcer / ... 150 episodes, 1952-1958
The June Taylor Dancers ...
 Themselves / ... 147 episodes, 1952-1957
Ray Bloch ...
 Bandleader / ... 138 episodes, 1952-1958
 Ed Norton / ... 135 episodes, 1952-1957
 Alice Kramden / ... 118 episodes, 1952-1957
 Trixie Norton / ... 96 episodes, 1952-1957
 Freddie Muller / ... 62 episodes, 1953-1957


Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

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Release Date:

20 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Honeymooners: The Lost Episodes  »

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Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(1958-1959) | (1952-1957)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The program was named Cavalcade of Stars (1949 on Dumont. When it moved to CBS in 1952, it was retitled "The Jackie Gleason Show". See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 16 May 1954 (1954) See more »


Melancholy Serenade
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thrill of watching a great talent ... at his peak
26 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

They don't do TV like this anymore. No. Seriously. That was not meant as a cliché. They literally don't do TV like this anymore. And that is in spite of the fact that much of what Gleason developed in the course of this show has been borrowed, copied, and shamelessly imitated by hundreds of current writers and producers over the last half-century. No matter whether he won any awards at the time. No matter that, when the show finally went off the air, CBC paid him more money NOT to work anywhere else than had ever been paid before. (Much like when Johnny Carson woke up one day and realized that his show was NBC's largest cash cow, and demanded a new contract, NBC correspondingly paid HIM more than any other "host" had ever seen). Gleason's greatest creation, the Honeymooners, has been spiffed and riffed moreso than any other concept you can think of. The Bugs Bunny people even did an entire cartoon, played by "mice" versions of Gleason and Carney. If you are lucky enough to get a chance to see a Honeymooners episode (many were stripped out and played on their own for years after) you will (or should be) astonished at how much punch the actors got, considering the sets were cardboard and the props were something from a lawn sale. Which is not to take away from Gleason's other talents or even his other creations, like the Poor Soul and the Bartender, but Honeymooners was the top of his craft. At the end of each show, after telling jokes, acting, and dancing, Gleason often needed a towel because he was pouring in sweat. You don't see that anymore today either. If by any chance you only know Gleason from forgettable walk-ons in films like Cannonball Run, and never saw this show, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

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