The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
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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. ... See full summary »


Frank Satenstein




Episode credited cast:
Jackie Gleason ... Ralph Kramden
Art Carney ... Ed Norton
Audrey Meadows ... Alice Kramden
Joyce Randolph ... Trixie Norton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Lescoulie ... Himself - Announcer (voice)


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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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ralph opens a bag of popcorn, the bag breaks and popcorn spills all over the table. This was not planned and Jackie Gleason covers it up by chuckling to himself and grabbing handfuls of popcorn. See more »


Ralph: [referring to Ed Norton] I've got one thing that he hasn't got.
[pats his right hip]
Ralph: I've got it here.
Alice: [placing hands on hips and stomach] You've got it here - and you've got it here - and you've got it here.
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Remade as Toen was geluk heel gewoon: TV voor twee (1994) See more »

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14 June 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Apparently this was the first episode of The Honeymooners (1955-56), not to be confused with The Jackie Gleason Show (1952-53), though the earlier series featured many of the same characters, (Ralph Kramden, et al.).

This initial 30-minutes is a hoot, showing why the series is in endless reruns. Ralph's too cheap to buy a TV, even though poor long-suffering Alice pleads for one. So, finally shamed, Ralph gets Norton to pitch in on the purchase price and share the viewing. Of course, that leads to viewing conflicts, mainly because Video Ranger Norton insists on watching his commander, Captain Video (1949-55), any time, all the time. What's more he's got to have his ridiculous space helmet in place, thus looking like some loopy deep sea diver. Needless to say, Ralph's beside himself.

All the elements of the classic series are in place in this first installment. Namely, a wildly bellowing Ralph, a sturdy deadpan Alice, a nutty neighbor Norton, and a steadfast Trixie. Then too, mustn't forget that shrewdly bare-bones apartment where nothing distracts from the comedic antics. It's almost like a stage show, but without the stage. At the same time, the story typically revolves around one of Ralph's misbegotten schemes that has to include Norton. Meanwhile, Alice has to endure it all as the unflappable voice of reason. In short, the framework's already rolling out for one of TV's most enduring and beloved series.

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