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Sitcoms have been a major form of entertainment since the very early days of U.S. television. Jackie Gleason surprised many when he decided to stop his variety show in favor of a 30 minute version of The Honeymooners (1955), which had its origin as one of his regular skits. Working with regulars Art Carney and Audrey Meadows, they created 39 episodes of pure joy. 'Lucille Ball' and Desi Arnaz made history with I Love Lucy (1951) not only by making people laugh but by writing in Lucy's real-life pregnancy. In Make Room for Daddy (1953), Danny Thomas presented a believable family and as a producer, introduced Andy Griffith to a broader TV audience in The Andy Griffith Show (1960). The Dick Van Dyke Show (1960) show, also with Mary Tyler Moore, made use of the stars inestimable talents. Written by garykmcd

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It covers the biggies...
3 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This installment of "The Pioneers of Television" is NOT an exhaustive overview of the history of sitcoms. Instead, it spends time with just a handful of shows--the seminal programs that stood out and influenced the rest. It begins with Jackie Gleason and "The Honeymooners"--not the first sit-com or even close...but among the best. Then, "I Love Lucy" because its style was so new and unique. Following this are shows by Danny Thomas which would include "Make Room for Daddy", "The Andy Griffith Show" and, finally, "The Dick Van Dyke Show". In each case, the examines how the show was unique and its influence. It also included surviving cast member interviews and a bunch of funny clips.

I really liked this episode of the series. Sure, it wasn't complete-- but it DID a great job in pointing out the best and why that was so. Very entertaining and very informative.


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