We all have our own cherished Thanksgiving traditions. Enjoying Grandma’s famous stuffing recipe (which oddly tastes a lot like Stove Top), the game of touch football on the lawn (they still talk about the year Uncle Ed’s stitches came loose), weird cousin Marla’s holiday decorations (festive paper turkeys with hatchets), everyone bringing their favorite dish, renewing the argument over whether cousin Marla should be hospitalized, etc. My fondest tradition was watching THE HOONEYMOONERS marathon on one of the local LA channels. The last few years it’s been discontinued but thanks to DVD’s, I now own all 39 classic episodes and can gleefully watch them again for the nine millionth time. I assume Netflix or one of them also offers the show for streaming.
in 1955 for one season only, THE HONEYMOONERS remains my favorite
all-time sitcom. I don’t think there’s ever been a more inspired cast
than Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows. And Joyce Randolph
was okay too.
I wonder what people in their 20’s would think of
the show. Would it seem too retro? Would the black-and-white cause a
disconnect? Would the comedy still hold up? I’d like to think it would.
I’d like to think any generation would marvel at Art Carney
demonstrating a golf swing, or Jackie Gleason learning to mambo. Happily, my USC class seemed amused.
you’ve never seen THE HONEYMOONERS, or haven’t in a long time, I invite
you to get the DVD collection or go on Netflix or Hulu and have your own Thanksgiving marathon.
But JUST the classic 39 episodes. The collected sketches from Gleason’s
variety show or the “lost episodes” don’t hold up. But those 39, for my
money, are sitcom perfection. I’d be interested to hear what you think.
Some of my favorite episodes are:
Better Living Through TV (the one I show to my USC class)
Oh, my Aching Back
The $99,000 Answer
Young at Heart
I bet as you read this I’m watching one of them right now.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!