The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
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TV or Not TV 

Trixie tells Alice that she and Ed are getting a new TV set to replace their old one. Alice is envious and Trixie tells her to give Ralph the 'pipe and slipper' routine to butter him up. ... See full summary »

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Airs Sun. Oct. 01, 12:30 AM on CW

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Trixie tells Alice that she and Ed are getting a new TV set to replace their old one. Alice is envious and Trixie tells her to give Ralph the 'pipe and slipper' routine to butter him up. Alice's behavior is so unusual for her that Ralph is immediately suspicious. When Ralph finds out the reason behind this he refuses to buy a TV set. It soon becomes apparent that Alice will not let the issue drop and Ralph is forced to deal with it. Ralph and Norton concoct a scheme to pool their money together and buy one set and share it. Written by tomtrekp

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Max Everitt Rosenbloom also known as Slapsie Maxie was a real boxer, actor, and television personality. In 1932, he won the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World. Boxing record: 222-42-31. See more »

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Ed Norton: Official space helmet on Captain Video!
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The classic show takes flight
2 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"TV or Not TV" is the first of the "Classic 39" episodes of "The Honeymooners" series. This version is distinguished from the "Lost" episodes mainly because the quality of filming is better, and the show has a fixed length of roughly 25 minutes playing time. The DVD set is excellent in quality. We see a slightly fatter Ralph beginning in this episode, and thus begins the "fat jokes". Alice proves herself a perfect match for Ralph's tantrums, as she refuses to give in to him. Norton is foolish as always, and shares a lot of screen time with Ralph. Trixie, although the least seen character, is Alice's friend and confidante. The story concerns Alice wanting a T.V. Ralph complains that it is too expensive. The solution is Ralph and Ed buying a set together. It is put in the Kramden's apartment, which leads to arguments when Norton wants to watch "Captain Video" and Ralph wants to watch something else. Can they ever agree? It is hilarious watching them fight. Jackie Gleason as Ralph really 'is' the show--his antics are priceless. Audrey Meadows is solid as Alice, but maybe a little too tough (the Liberace speech). Actually, both she and Gleason come off a little too tight. Maybe it's nerves of a first show. Art Carney's Norton is a great "second banana" to Ralph. Joyce Randolph is attractive and competent as Trixie. Watch for two flubs--one with Gleason, and one with Carney ("The Honeymooners" is famous for them since it was done quickly, with minimal rehearsal. The wonderful writing, laugh out loud comedy with an undercurrent of pathos, and the instincts of these performers are what carried the day).

All in all, this is a good beginning to the series, and the rough edges will be worked out in the episodes to come. I give it a 9.


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