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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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
...  Himself - Announcer 39 episodes, 1955-1956
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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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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According to Art Carney, the elaborate procedure Ed Norton would go through whenever he had to sign something was originally an ad-lib. He based it on the performance his own father would go through when signing his school report card. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Ed Norton: Like we say in the sewer, "Time and tide wait for no man!"
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You're My Greatest Love
Written by Jackie Gleason and Bill Templeton
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A Cultural Icon
9 July 1999 | by 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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