List of The Honeymooners episodes

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This article provides a list of all known episodes of The Honeymooners, both as a sketch and as the television series. The Honeymooners aired as a half-hour series for the 1955/56 season. There were 39 episodes, often referred to as the "Classic 39". They are all available on DVD.

26 sketches were known to have aired in the 1951/52 season on DuMont's Cavalcade of Stars, and two on The Ed Sullivan Show. The nine surviving episodes from Cavalcade have been released on DVD as of 2011. The two from the Sullivan show remain unreleased.

104 sketches were known to have aired between 1952-57 on CBS' The Jackie Gleason Show. Known as the "Lost Episodes", most of them have been released on DVD as of 2011. The remainder have not been released for various reasons, including: 1) Some are still lost or only in the hands of private collectors; 2) Some are incomplete or are in poor condition.

Cavalcade of Stars: 1951/52[edit]

The following is a listing of "Honeymooners" sketches that aired during the 1951/52 season of Cavalcade of Stars on the DuMont Television Network.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Bread" 5:55 October 5, 1951 (1951-10-05)
Ralph and Alice Kramden argue over the fact there is no bread to go with Ralph's dinner. This is the first ever "Honeymooners" sketch, featuring Pert Kelton as Alice and Art Carney as a cop.
02 "Razor Blades" 5:02 October 12, 1951 (1951-10-12)
Ralph has his face lathered up and ready for a shave but cannot find his razor blades.
03 "Supermarket Shopping/Alice's Anniversary" n/a October 19, 1951 (1951-10-19)
Alice is determined to get a gift from Ralph for her birthday, even if she has to buy it herself. Still lost.
04 "The New Television Set" 8:24 November 2, 1951 (1951-11-02)
Ralph gives in and buys Alice a TV set. The character debuts of Ed and Trixie Norton, played by Carney and Elaine Stritch.
05 "Ralph Threatens to Leave" 6:34 November 16, 1951 (1951-11-16)
Ralph does not like the "vegetable meat loaf" Alice has prepared for his dinner and starts an argument.
06 "Alice and Ralph Get Dressed for a Date Last Night" 8:19 November 30, 1951 (1951-11-30)
Ralph and Alice argue on a night they are to join the Nortons on a night on the town. Norton comes down and tells them the dance was the night before.
07 "The Ring Salesman" 8:52 December 7, 1951 (1951-12-07)
Ralph is jealous of Joe the jeweler, who he believes Alice is having an affair with. Joyce Randolph takes over as Thelma "Trixie" Norton.
08 "The Quiz Show" 12:11 December 14, 1951 (1951-12-14)
Ralph and Alice come home with a year's supply of Krinkly Krax cereal that they have won as a consolation prize on a radio quiz show. This was remade as "The Quiz Show" (10/18/52).
09 "Christmas Party" 36:49 December 21, 1951 (1951-12-21)
Early version, this was remade as "Christmas Party" (12/20/52 and 12/19/53).
10 "Alice's Sister Argues with Her Husband" n/a January 4, 1952 (1952-01-04)
Lost.
11 "Alice Finds a Dog" n/a February 1, 1952 (1952-02-01)
Lost.
12 "Cold" n/a February 8, 1952 (1952-02-08)
Ralph has a cold and Alice is nursing him back to health. She lets it be known to Ralph that she took out a life insurance policy on him. Ralph has a fit and accuses her of wanting him to die, but when Alice tells Ralph that she also took one out on her own life, he feels like a dope and apologizes. Still lost.
13 "The Ring Salesman" 8:09 March 28, 1952 (1952-03-28)
The last existing DuMont "Honeymooners" sketch.
14 "The Ring Salesman" 9:07 March 30, 1952 (1952-03-30)
Repeat of earlier sketch, performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Exists but never released.
15 "Surprise Party" n/a April 4, 1952 (1952-04-04)
Lost.
16 "Easter Hats" 9:50 April 11, 1952 (1952-04-11)
Lost.
17 "Spring Cleaning" n/a April 18, 1952 (1952-04-18)
Lost.
18 "The Dance" 9:43 May 4, 1952 (1952-05-04)
Performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Exists but never released.
19 "Manager of the Baseball Team" n/a May 16, 1952 (1952-05-16)
Lost.
20 "Vacation Plans (Vacation at Fred's Landing)" n/a May 30, 1952 (1952-05-30)
Lost.

Also known to have been performed but still lost:

  • 21 - Bus Driver's Frolics (This episode is also known as "Alice Plays the Trombone").
  • 22 - Meat Substitute
  • 23 - The Home Run Ball
  • 24 - The Mystery Novel
  • 25 - The Expectant Father (This episode is also known as "Alice Knitting Sweater for Dog").
  • 26 - The Driving Lesson

The Jackie Gleason Show: 1952/53[edit]

The following is a listing of "Honeymooners" sketches that aired during the first season of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "The New Bowling Ball" 9:35 September 20, 1952 (1952-09-20)
Ralph's new bowling ball gets stuck on his finger. This is the first "Honeymooners" sketch with the Gleason/Carney/Meadows/Randolph cast.
02 "The Turkey" 10:13 September 27, 1952 (1952-09-27)
Alice misplaces her wedding ring; Ralph thinks a turkey ate it.
03 "Sprained Thumb" n/a October 4, 1952 (1952-10-04)
Not available. This sketch is still considered lost. Though listed on the Complete Lost Episodes DVD set, speculation persists as to whether or not this episode exists.
04 "The Lost Baby" 10:05 October 11, 1952 (1952-10-11)
Ralph and Ed care for an abandoned baby found on the bus.
05 "The Quiz Show" 11:29 October 18, 1952 (1952-10-18)
Ralph and Alice are contestants on a radio quiz show. This is a remake of "The Quiz Show" (12/14/51).
06 "Question Mark (a.k.a. Masquerade a.k.a Halloween Party)" 8:52 October 25, 1952 (1952-10-25)
The Kramdens and Nortons dress up for a Halloween party.
07 "Cold" 7:58 November 1, 1952 (1952-11-01)
While nursing Ralph to health, Alice reveals she has taken out an insurance policy on him. Note: This is one of the few Honeymooners episodes where Carney is absent in his role as Norton.
08 "The Pickles" 7:16 November 8, 1952 (1952-11-08)
Alice starts eating pickles after a doctor's visit, leading Ralph to think she is pregnant.
09 "Jellybeans" 8:27 November 22, 1952 (1952-11-22)
Ralph buys thousands of jelly beans in the hopes of winning a $100 prize.
10 "The Missing Pair of Pants" 10:10 December 6, 1952 (1952-12-06)
Not available. This sketch is still considered lost.
11 "Six Months to Live" 13:51 December 13, 1952 (1952-12-13)
Ralph mistakenly believes that he has six months to live.
12 "Christmas Party" 42:25 December 20, 1952 (1952-12-20)
The Kramdems have a Christmas party, and several of Gleason's other characters drop in. This episode features Patricia Morrison (a friend of Trixie's during her time in burlesque) singing two songs and a young Frankie Avalon playing the trumpet.
13 "Glow Worm Cleaning" 10:02 January 3, 1953 (1953-01-03)
Alice is offered the chance to appear in a magazine ad, but Ralph is jealous.
14 "Alice Plays Cupid" 12:04 January 17, 1953 (1953-01-17)
Ralph sabotages Alice's efforts to play matchmaker between a friend of hers and Ralph's traffic manager from work.
15 "Suspense" 10:47 January 24, 1953 (1953-01-24)
When Ralph overhears Alice rehearsing for a play, he becomes convinced she wants to kill him.
16 "Lost Job" 9:07 January 31, 1953 (1953-01-31)
Ralph finds a pink slip in his paycheck.
17 "Anniversary Gift" 10:25 February 21, 1953 (1953-02-21)
Ralph scrambles to find Alice a new anniversary gift after she gets the same gift from Trixie.
18 "Income Tax" 10:46 March 7, 1953 (1953-03-07)
Ralph owes the IRS $15, exactly the amount of money he has saved for a new bowling ball.
19 "Alice's Aunt Ethel" 9:23 March 14, 1953 (1953-03-14)
When Alice's aunt arrives for a visit, Ralph is forced to sleep in the kitchen.
20 "What's Her Name?" 7:13 March 21, 1953 (1953-03-21)
Ralph and Alice struggle to remember the name of an actress from a film they just watched.
21 "Lunch Box" 9:16 March 28, 1953 (1953-03-28)
Ralph gripes about the lunch Alice packed for him, only to find out he had someone else's lunchbox.
22 "Easter Hats" 9:50 April 4, 1953 (1953-04-04)
Not available. This sketch is still considered lost.
23 "Hot Tips" 11:20 April 11, 1953 (1953-04-11)
Ralph is accused of being a bookie when he starts collecting bets for people before going to the racetrack.
24 "Norton Moves In" 12:10 April 18, 1953 (1953-04-18)
The Nortons stay with the Kramdens while their apartment is being painted.
25 "Ralph's Diet" 11:39 April 25, 1953 (1953-04-25)
While struggling with a new diet, Ralph discovers some hidden food in the apartment.
26 "The Dinner Guest" 9:56 May 2, 1953 (1953-05-02)
Alice interrupts all of Ralph's attempts to discuss a promotion with a co-worker.
27 "Manager of the Baseball Team" 9:59 May 9, 1953 (1953-05-09)
Ralph is about to be named manager of the bus company's baseball team, but thinks he is going to be named manager of the company.
28 "Alice's Birthday" 14:50 May 16, 1953 (1953-05-16)
Not available. This sketch is still considered lost.
29 "The Dorsey Brothers Show" 34:57 May 23, 1953 (1953-05-23)
An early version of 1953's "New Year's Eve Party".
30 "The Prowler" 11:12 June 6, 1953 (1953-06-06)
Ralph tries his best to protect Alice from a neighborhood prowler.
31 "Guest Speaker" 13:41 June 13, 1953 (1953-06-13)
Ralph frets after being asked to speak at the next Raccoon Lodge meeting.
32 "Vacation at Fred's Landing" 31:16 June 27, 1953 (1953-06-27)
The Kramdens and Nortons go fishing, and are miserable the whole time.

The Jackie Gleason Show: 1953/54[edit]

The following is a listing of "Honeymooners" sketches that aired during the second season of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Bus Accident (a.k.a. Sprained Thumb)" 12:43 September 19, 1953 (1953-09-19)
Ralph sprains his thumb in a minor bus accident, then demands round-the-clock medical care from Alice.
02 "Lucky Number" 16:27 September 26, 1953 (1953-09-26)
Ralph wins a $1000 prize at a baseball game he skipped work to attend.
03 "Hot Dog Stand" 35:13 October 10, 1953 (1953-10-10)
Ralph and Norton try to collect enough money to open a hot dog stand in New Jersey.
04 "Two Tickets to the Fight" 10:52 October 24, 1953 (1953-10-24)
Ralph and Norton's plans to attend a boxing match are upset when Alice's uncle George pays a visit.
05 "Halloween Party" 9:22 October 31, 1953 (1953-10-31)
Ralph ruins his tuxedo for a Halloween party at the bus company, not realizing that it's not a costume party.
06 "Champagne and Caviar" 14:44 November 7, 1953 (1953-11-07)
By impressing his boss too much, Ralph unwittingly blows his chance at a raise.
07 "Letter to the Boss" 32:35 November 14, 1953 (1953-11-14)
Ralph writes a nasty letter to his boss after he thinks he's been fired. Included are two faint spells from Ralph: #1: Break dance style, and #2: falling flat onto Mr. Marshall's office floor (cartwheel faint).
08 "Finger Man" 11:51 November 28, 1953 (1953-11-28)
Ralph becomes a hero after helping to apprehend a wanted killer, but panics when the killer escapes from jail.
09 "Santa and the Bookies" 35:02 December 12, 1953 (1953-12-12)
Ralph takes a job as a sidewalk Santa to earn extra money, but it turns out to be a front for illegal bookmakers.
10 "Christmas Party" 35:54 December 19, 1953 (1953-12-19)
Alice sends Ralph out for potato salad, and the Kramdens' apartment is visited by a host of colorful characters (most played by Gleason). This episode features Frances Langford (another friend of Trixie's) singing two songs, and Eddie Hodges singing "Walkin' My Baby Back Home".
11 "New Year's Eve Party" 37:15 December 26, 1953 (1953-12-26)
Ralph has no intention of going out on New Year's Eve, until the Kramdens and Nortons receive an invitation from The Dorsey Brothers.
12 "This Is Your Life" 37:43 January 16, 1954 (1954-01-16)
Ralph's jealousy ruins his shot at an appearance on This Is Your Life.
13 "Cottage for Sale" 39:42 January 23, 1954 (1954-01-23)
Ralph and Norton convince their wives to let them buy a cottage in the country, but it turns out to be a nightmare.
14 "Lawsuit" 15:08 March 27, 1954 (1954-03-27)
After breaking his leg in a bus accident, Ralph tries to sue the bus company.
15 "Fortune Teller" 34:51 April 3, 1954 (1954-04-03)
Ralph reluctantly allows a fortune teller to read his palm, and is determined to find out what it is after she stops.
16 "The Next Champ" 37:35 April 10, 1954 (1954-04-10)
Ralph decides to manage a young boxer, who ends up moving in with the Kramdens.
17 "Stand In for Murder" 42:48 (with recep segment from 4/24/54) April 17, 1954 (1954-04-17)
Ralph is offered a phony job as an insurance executive, so that he can be killed instead of a mob boss who looks just like him. Unfinished episode.
18 "Move Uptown" 36:58 April 24, 1954 (1954-04-24)
Ralph tries to get kicked out of his apartment so he can rent a nicer one in The Bronx.
19 "The Man in the Blue Suit" 34:30 May 1, 1954 (1954-05-01)
When Alice gives away a jacket that contains Ralph's poker winnings, he and Norton scheme to get it back.
20 "Hair Raising Tale" 37:31 May 8, 1954 (1954-05-08)
Ralph and Norton get suckered into buying the formula for a miracle hair restorer.
21 "What's the Name?" 8:21 May 15, 1954 (1954-05-15)
This is a remake of "What's Her Name?" (3/21/53).
22 "Box Top Kid" 40:27 May 22, 1954 (1954-05-22)
Ralph wins a trip to Europe by penning a new slogan for Slim-O Bread, but loses it when they find out he didn't lose weight eating it.
23 "Two Men on a Horse" 38:43 May 29, 1954 (1954-05-29)
Ralph gets elected treasurer of the Raccoon Lodge, and promptly loses $200 of their money. He and Norton head to the race track and invent a scheme to win it all back.
24 "Good Buy, Aunt Ethel" 41:44 June 5, 1954 (1954-06-05)
This is an expanded version of a sketch that was originally broadcast on March 14, 1953. The longer storyline involves Ralph's plan to get Aunt Ethel out of his home by marrying her off to the local butcher.
25 "Vacation at Fred's Landing" 31:00 June 19, 1954 (1954-06-19)
This is another version of a sketch that was originally broadcast on June 27, 1953.

The Jackie Gleason Show: 1954/55[edit]

The following is a listing of "Honeymooners" sketches that aired during the third season of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Ralph's Sweet Tooth" 35:39 September 25, 1954 (1954-09-25)
Ralph has been selected to appear on a live commercial for Choosy Chews candy bars, but he develops a toothache (that becomes exceptionally painful when he bites into one of the bars) the night before the broadcast.
02 "Game Called on Account of Marriage" 33:50 October 2, 1954 (1954-10-02)
Ralph has tickets to the World Series, but Alice demands that he attend her sister's wedding on the same day.
03 "Love Letter" 37:46 October 16, 1954 (1954-10-16)
This first version of the sketch is the most recently discovered (in 2004) "Honeymooners" sketch.
04 "The People's Choice (Finger Man)" 40:01 October 23, 1954 (1954-10-23)
When Ralph becomes a local hero after helping to nab an escaped convict, he is seduced by a couple of crooked political bosses into running for the city council.
05 "Halloween Party" n/a October 30, 1954 (1954-10-30)
This is a remake of the previous season's "Halloween Party". This sketch is still considered lost.
06 "Battle of the Sexes" 35:28 November 13, 1954 (1954-11-13)
Ed moves in with Ralph and Alice moves in with Trixie after domestic battles in the Kramden and Norton households.
07 "Teamwork Beat the Clock" 32:08 November 20, 1954 (1954-11-20)
Ralph and Alice are contestants on Beat the Clock. Bud Collyer guest stars.
08 "The Brother-in-Law" 34:47 November 27, 1954 (1954-11-27)
Bad advice from Ralph's brother-in-law results in the Kramdens and Nortons investing in a run-down hotel.
09 "Songwriters" 35:54 December 11, 1954 (1954-12-11)
Ralph and Norton form a songwriting partnership.
10 "Santa and the Bookies" 31:08 December 18, 1954 (1954-12-18)
This is a remake of an episode broadcast on 12/12/53.
11 "Kramden vs. Norton" 33:55 January 15, 1955 (1955-01-15)
Ralph sues Norton over ownership of a television set Norton won in a movie theatre raffle.
12 "A Promotion" 38:57 January 22, 1955 (1955-01-22)
Ralph finally receives a promotion (he's now the first assistant cashier to the assistant cashier of the bus company), but a mishap causes him to be labeled as a thief after his first day on the job.
13 "The Hypnotist" 38:23 January 29, 1955 (1955-01-29)
Ralph asks a fellow Raccoon, who is a hypnotist, to get Alice to show him her stash of money so that he may take it to the Raccoon convention in Chicago.
14 "Cupid" 39:21 February 5, 1955 (1955-02-05)
Ralph tries to help out a lonely old friend by setting him up with a blind date, but the gossip grapevine leads Alice to believe that Ralph is trying to land dates for himself.
15 "A Little Man Who Wasn't There" 38:07 February 12, 1955 (1955-02-12)
Ralph sees a psychiatrist in an effort to control his short temper, but he is dismayed when the doctor suggests the best cure would be to sever his friendship with Norton.
16 "Hero" 39:45 February 19, 1955 (1955-02-19)
Ralph's big mouth lands him in trouble again when he makes idle boasts to a fatherless boy who idolizes him.
17 "The Great Jewel Robbery" 37:30 February 26, 1955 (1955-02-26)
Ralph takes up a collection to buy an expensive watch as a wedding present for his boss's daughter, but Alice finds the watch and thinks it is a birthday present for her.
18 "Peacemaker" 35:15 March 5, 1955 (1955-03-05)
Ralph loses a night's sleep trying to patch up a quarrel between Ed and Trixie.
19 "The Adoption" 37:05 March 26, 1955 (1955-03-26)
Ralph and Alice adopt a baby in one of the most highly regarded episodes of all time.
20 "Stars Over Flatbush" 37:05 April 2, 1955 (1955-04-02)
Ralph and Norton take an interest in astrology, and it affects every decision Ralph makes.
21 "One Big Happy Family" 37:38 April 9, 1955 (1955-04-09)
The Kramdens and Nortons decide to share an apartment in order to save living expenses.
22 "A Weighty Problem" 48:09 April 16, 1955 (1955-04-16)
Ralph must lose weight fast in order to pass a bus company physical.
23 "Boys and Girls Together" 36:30 April 23, 1955 (1955-04-23)
The wives demand that the boys spend more time with them, so Ralph and Norton scheme to exhaust the girls with a wild night on the town.
24 "Principle of the Thing" 34:09 April 30, 1955 (1955-04-30)
When the building landlord (Jack Benny in a surprise cameo) refuses to make repairs to the Kramden apartment, Ralph withholds the rent money and spends it on some garish redecorating.
25 "Songs and Witty Sayings" 38:39 May 14, 1955 (1955-05-14)
The husbands and wives rehearse separate acts for a local talent show. Among the highlights of the boys' act is a tribute to Laurel & Hardy.
26 "Letter to the Boss" 31:38 May 21, 1955 (1955-05-21)
This is the second version of the sketch.
27 "Stand In for Murder" 41:58 June 4, 1955 (1955-06-04)
This is the second version of the sketch.

The "Classic 39": 1955/56[edit]

The Honeymooners debuted as a standalone half-hour series on October 1, 1955, and lasted for 39 episodes.

# Title Writer(s) Original airdate
01 "TV or Not TV" Leonard Stern and Ray Nabba October 1, 1955 (1955-10-01)
Too cheap to pay the full price, Ralph cons Norton into paying for half a TV Set; Ralph fights with Norton over a TV that they share but is in Ralph's apartment. This episode has Ralph doing a double take when Norton watches Captain Video and His Video Rangers!

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #26 on its 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time list.[1]
02 "Funny Money" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka October 8, 1955 (1955-10-08)
Ralph finds a suitcase full of counterfeit money and goes on a spending spree.
03 "The Golfer" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka October 15, 1955 (1955-10-15)
Ralph needs to bone up on becoming a good golfer to impress his boss. This episode is punctuated by a hilarious impromptu golfing lesson in the Kramden apartment, including the classic moment when Norton "addresses the ball." In 1996, TV Guide included this episode as part of its '100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History', ranking it #56.
04 "A Woman's Work Is Never Done" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone October 22, 1955 (1955-10-22)
Ralph and Alice hire a maid to ease Alice's burden of housework.
05 "A Matter of Life and Death" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone October 29, 1955 (1955-10-29)
When he sees the vet's report on his mother-in-law's sick dog, Ralph mistakenly concludes that he has only six months to live.
06 "The Sleepwalker" A.J. Russell and Herbert Finn November 5, 1955 (1955-11-05)
Ralph is forced to deal with a sleepwalking Norton.
07 "Better Living Through TV" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone November 12, 1955 (1955-11-12)
Ralph devises a get-rich-quick scheme – selling Handy Housewife Helpers on TV. Features a rare gone-wrong moment when one of the gadgets flies off the handle, forcing Gleason to retrieve it and then ad-lib his way back into the scene.
08 "Pal o' Mine" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka November 19, 1955 (1955-11-19)
Ralph finds a gift from Norton that he thinks is for him, but when he discovers otherwise, his friendship with Norton is jeopardized.
09 "Brother Ralph" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone November 26, 1955 (1955-11-26)
Alice is forced to find a job after Ralph is temporarily laid off from a union strike at the bus company. But to get the job, Alice has to claim that Ralph is her brother, because a lot of employers don't like to hire married women because of their commitments to home and family. Ralph gets jealous when he realizes that Alice's boss is interested in her.
10 "Hello, Mom" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone December 3, 1955 (1955-12-03)
Ralph's foul mood is worsened when he finds out that Alice's mother is coming for a visit until, it's revealed in the end that it's his mother coming for a visit.
11 "The Deciding Vote" A.J. Russell and Herbert Finn December 10, 1955 (1955-12-10)
Ralph blames Norton when he loses an election for Raccoon Lodge convention manager by one vote.
12 "Something Fishy" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka December 17, 1955 (1955-12-17)
Ralph and Norton want to go fishing with their fellow lodge members, but without their wives, who, meanwhile, won't stand for such treatment.
13 "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone December 24, 1955 (1955-12-24)
Ralph sells his bowling ball to get Alice a last minute Christmas gift.
14 "The Man from Space" A.J. Russell and Herbert Finn December 31, 1955 (1955-12-31)
Ralph wants to attend a costume party as Henry VIII, but is forced to improvise when he can't get the money to rent the costume. Several scenes from this episode are prominently shown in the movie Back to the Future. There is a continuity error as the original episode aired live on December 31, 1955 and the time frame it was shown in Back to the Future was November 5, 1955. Episode #6 The Sleepwalker should've been on television while the Baines family was eating supper.
15 "A Matter of Record" A.J. Russell and Herbert Finn January 7, 1956 (1956-01-07)
Ralph throws Alice's mother out of the apartment, and Alice soon follows. In a last-ditch effort to win her back, Ralph records an album to apologize, to her mother and Alice.
16 "Oh, My Aching Back" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka January 14, 1956 (1956-01-14)
Ralph feigns illness to avoid visiting his mother-in-law. Then the pain gets real: he injures his back bowling.
17 "The Baby Sitter"
"BEnsonhurst 3-7741"
Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka January 21, 1956 (1956-01-21)
Ralph is furious when Alice has a telephone installed, until he finds out how she paid for it. And then he is madder than mad.
18 "The $99,000 Answer" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka January 28, 1956 (1956-01-28)
Ralph is a contestant on The $99,000 Answer, a game show similar to the real-life The $64,000 Question, in that you have to answer a continuing series of questions to win the jackpot. Ralph is clearly very nervous as he makes his way in front of the camera. Asked to state his occupation, he replies that he "brives a dus." After Ralph selects "Popular Songs" as his category, the announcer states that they are out of time, and that Ralph will have to return next week.

Ralph now has one week to bone up on as many pieces of music as he possibly can. To help him out, he has Norton come down to his apartment with a piano and play sheet music to Ralph, after which Ralph attempts to guess the name of the tune and give the correct information (such as who wrote the tune and when it was released). The only problem with Norton playing is that he always plays the opening bars to "Swanee River" before he launches into the music. Ralph admits he doesn't even know the name of the song, only referring to it by humming the opening bars.

Alice can't stand all the noise that they're making; they're up until past 2:00am playing sheet music. She also complains that Ralph has taken time off from work, purchased the sheet music, and might not win enough money to recover his expenses. One of the neighbors comes down and tells Ralph to be quiet. Even Mrs. Manicotti from downstairs gets in the act, singing the first bars of a song ("Come Back to Sorrento", which she sings in Italian) which Ralph calls "Take Me Back to Sorrento." Alice tries to convince Ralph to just be happy with getting past the first few questions and walk away, but Ralph insists that he's going to win it all.

When Ralph next appears on the quiz show, he's full of confidence, predicting that he'll be able to go all the way without having to stop to be asked if he wants to continue. The show host asks Ralph if he discussed this with his wife, to which Ralph responds, "I have and regardless, I'm going straight to the $99,000 answer." His confidence immediately shatters, though, when the $100 question turns out to be the opening bars of Swanee River, and he's asked who wrote that song. Ralph, completely nervous, doesn't know what to do, and when asked again who wrote that song, mumbles, "Ed Norton?" The host replies that that's not the correct answer (the correct answer is Stephen Foster) and an ashen Ralph is escorted off the stage, but not before desperately trying to reveal his music knowledge by reeling off names of songs based on the words the host uses.
In 1997 TV Guide ranked the episode #6 on its 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time list.[2] .
19 "Ralph Kramden, Inc." A.J. Russell and Herbert Finn February 4, 1956 (1956-02-04)
Norton invests in Kramden, Inc. and thinks he's about to get rich after Ralph is named in someone's will. Naturally, Norton wants his share, too.
20 "Young at Heart" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone February 11, 1956 (1956-02-11)
Ralph tries to prove to Alice that he can still do all the things he used to do when they were younger. The song that Ralph learns to dance is the The Hucklebuck which was written by Roy Albert and Andy Gibson and sung by Kay Starr.
21 "A Dog's Life" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka February 18, 1956 (1956-02-18)
Ralph thinks he's found a great idea for a new food product, not realizing it's actually dog food.
22 "Here Comes the Bride" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone February 25, 1956 (1956-02-25)
Ralph nearly ruins the imminent marriage between a fellow Raccoon Lodge member and Alice's sister, Agnes after he provides some advice to the groom. This episode contains a veiled reference to Willie Mays, who was, by then reaching the peak of his baseball career. Ralph says that, out of habit, Alice's sister caught the bouquet herself. Alice says it was because her foot slipped to which Ralph responds, "If my foot could slip like that, I'd be playing Center Field for the New York Giants."
23 "Mama Loves Mambo" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone March 3, 1956 (1956-03-03)
Ralph and Norton have to deal with a new neighbor, who is unwittingly winning their wives' hearts – and their cooking time.
24 "Please Leave the Premises" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone March 10, 1956 (1956-03-10)
The Kramdens and the Nortons are at war with a rent increase of $5, though the only one who really wants to fight is Ralph.
25 "Pardon My Glove" A.J. Russell and Herbert Finn March 17, 1956 (1956-03-17)
Alice tries to surprise Ralph for his birthday, but her plans are ruined because of his jealousy.
26 "Young Man with a Horn" A.J. Russell and Herbert Finn March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24)
Ralph tries to improve himself in the hopes of securing a civil service job. The song that Ralph tries to hit the high note on is the Carnival of Venice.
27 "Head of the House" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka March 31, 1956 (1956-03-31)
After boasting that he is the boss of his household, Ralph accepts a bet that he can command Alice to cook a special dinner.
28 "The Worry Wart" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone April 7, 1956 (1956-04-07)
Ralph frets after being summoned to his local IRS office, to clear up a mysterious tax problem.
29 "Trapped" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka April 14, 1956 (1956-04-14)
Ralph witnesses a murder and arrives home a nervous wreck. And for good reason: the killers are after him.
30 "The Loudspeaker" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone April 21, 1956 (1956-04-21)
Thinking he is about to be named Raccoon of the Year, Ralph prepares an acceptance speech.
31 "On Stage" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka April 28, 1956 (1956-04-28)
When Ralph is asked to take the lead in a play, he lets it go to his head.
32 "Opportunity Knocks But" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka May 5, 1956 (1956-05-05)
Ralph gets a chance to impress his boss and earn a promotion, but Norton gets the job instead.
33 "Unconventional Behavior" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone May 12, 1956 (1956-05-12)
Ralph and Norton are sure to be a riot at the annual Raccoon convention... if they ever manage to get out of Norton's "trick" handcuffs.
34 "The Safety Award" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka May 19, 1956 (1956-05-19)
Ralph wins an award as the safest bus driver in the city, but gets into an accident on the way to the award ceremony.
35 "Mind Your Own Business" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka May 26, 1956 (1956-05-26)
Norton loses his job in the sewer and starts selling steam irons door-to-door. Ralph, convinced of Norton's success, wants to do the same.
36 "Alice and the Blonde" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka June 2, 1956 (1956-06-02)
Alice and Trixie feel unappreciated after being ignored by Ralph and Norton.
37 "The Bensonhurst Bomber" Marvin Marx and Walter Stone September 8, 1956 (1956-09-08)
Ralph (with Norton's help) inadvertently challenges a tough guy to a boxing match.
38 "Dial J for Janitor" A.J. Russell and Herbert Finn September 15, 1956 (1956-09-15)
Ralph decides to save some money by becoming the new building janitor, but quickly finds out there's more to the job than he thought.
39 "A Man's Pride" Leonard Stern and Sydney Zelinka September 22, 1956 (1956-09-22)
When Ralph runs into one of Alice's old boyfriends, he pretends to run the Gotham Bus Company to impress him. When the guy sees Ralph again, he recites to him a poem that was meant to be a jab at Ralph's weight when they were younger: "Some kids are small and some kids are tall, but Fatso Kramden is the only kid who walks down the hall...wall-to-wall."

The Jackie Gleason Show: 1956/57[edit]

The following is a listing of "Honeymooners" sketches that aired during the fourth season of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Double Anniversary Party" 13:06 October 13, 1956 (1956-10-13)
Ralph and Alice plan surprise anniversary parties for each other.
02 "The Check-Up" 9:50 October 20, 1956 (1956-10-20)
Ralph, angered when Alice wants to "waste money" on life insurance, fakes being a drunk when a doctor pays a house call.
03 "Forgot to Register" 13:41 October 27, 1956 (1956-10-27)
Ralph and Norton campaign for a local politician.
04 "Expectant Father" 15:57 November 3, 1956 (1956-11-03)
Ralph sees Alice going into an obstetrician's office and thinks she's going to have a baby.
05 "Goodnight Sweet Prince" 15:27 November 10, 1956 (1956-11-10)
Ralph is working the night shift and can't sleep amidst the daytime noises of the neighborhood.
06 "Two Family Car" 17:27 November 17, 1956 (1956-11-17)
Ralph and Norton believe they've won a car in a raffle.
07 "Love Letter" 36:48 November 24, 1956 (1956-11-24)
Ralph finds a love letter he wrote to Alice years ago and believes it was sent to her from another man.
08 "Finders Keepers" 37:08 December 8, 1956 (1956-12-08)
Ralph and Norton want to buy a local candy store and go to wild extremes trying to win a radio contest to pay for it.
09 "Catch a Star" 36:41 December 15, 1956 (1956-12-15)
Ralph boasts that he's a good friend of Jackie Gleason and is trapped into booking Gleason for the Raccoon dance. Gleason, Carney, Meadows and Randolph appear in dual roles as their characters and themselves.
10 "My Fair Landlord" 36:01 January 19, 1957 (1957-01-19)
The Kramdens and Nortons buy a duplex home in Queens, with disastrous results.
11 "Away We Go" 49:12 February 2, 1957 (1957-02-02)
The Kramdens and Nortons leave on a cruise ship to begin a free trip around the world after winning a breakfast cereal contest.
12 "Plastered in Paris" 49:02 February 9, 1957 (1957-02-09)
While in Paris, Ralph and Ed are arrested for passing counterfeit money.
13 "Behind the Iron Curtain" 48:04 February 16, 1957 (1957-02-16)
While in Germany, Ralph and Ed accidentally wander into the Russian section of Berlin and are taken prisoners for being suspected spies.
14 "When in Rome" 48:01 February 23, 1957 (1957-02-23)
n/a.
15 "Curse of the Kramdens" 48:32 March 2, 1957 (1957-03-02)
n/a.
16 "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" 49:02 March 9, 1957 (1957-03-09)
n/a.
17 "Framed in Spain" 52:27 April 6, 1957 (1957-04-06)
n/a.
18 "I Remember Mau Au" 50:35 April 13, 1957 (1957-04-13)
n/a.
19 "Six Months to Live" n/a May 11, 1957 (1957-05-11)
This second version of the sketch is still considered lost.
20 "Manager of the Baseball Team" 10:36 June 1, 1957 (1957-06-01)
This was the last sketch performed by Gleason/Meadows/Carney/Randolph together. "The Jackie Gleason Show" ran for three more weeks (with Gleason absent, therefore no "Honeymooners" sketches), the last telecast being on June 22, 1957.

The Jackie Gleason Special: 1960[edit]

The following is a "Honeymooners" Special.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "The Big Sell: A Jackie Gleason Special" n/a October 9, 1960 (1960-10-09)
Ralph seeks Norton to invest money in his future. Not much more in known about this sketch, other than the scene is similar to the opening in "Ralph Kramden, Inc." (2/4/1956). Still Lost.

The American Scene Magazine: 1962/1966[edit]

The following is a listing of "Honeymooners" sketches that aired on The American Scene Magazine on CBS.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Two Below" 15:35 September 29, 1962 (1962-09-29)
Ralph convinces Ed to get more involved in civil defense and spend a week in the basement instead of vacationing with Alice and Trixie in Atlantic City. Once in the basement, hilarity ensues when Ralph and Ed try to sleep in bunk beds. Sue Ann Langdon appears as Alice and Patricia Wilson appears as Trixie.
02 "TV Game of the Week" n/a October 20, 1962 (1962-10-20)
Ralph finally gives in and buys a television set and he and Norton try to watch a football game. Still considered lost. Once again, Langdon appears as Alice and Wilson appears as Trixie.
03 "The Adoption" 52:00 January 8, 1966 (1966-01-08)
Musical remake of March 26, 1956. Anxious to adopt a baby, Ralph and Alice go to great lengths to impress the adoption agency, even passing off expensive borrowed furniture as their own. Touched by the Kramdens' honesty, arrangements are made to locate a child for them. Ralph erupts when the baby turns out to be a "Ralphina" but the Kramden's happiness is short-lived when the birth mother wants her baby back. Audrey Meadows returns as Alice for the first time since 6/1/57 and would not appear again until 2/2/76. This is the first of the Jerry Bresler and Lyn Duddy musical "Honeymooners" that would continue on through the 1966-70 "Color Honeymooners". This is the last episode filmed in black and white.

The Jackie Gleason Show: 1966/1967[edit]

The following is a listing of "Honeymooners" sketches that aired on The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "In Twenty-Five Words or Less" September 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)
This is a remake of "Away We Go" (February 2, 1957).
02 "The Passing Politician" September 24, 1966 (1966-09-24)
This episode is not available on DVD.
03 "Ship of Fools" October 1, 1966 (1966-10-01)
04 "Poor People in Paris" October 8, 1966 (1966-10-08)
This is a remake of "Plastered in Paris" (February 9, 1957).
05 "Confusion - Italian Style" October 15, 1966 (1966-10-15)
This is a remake of "When in Rome" (February 23, 1957).
06 "The Curse of the Kramdens" October 29, 1966 (1966-10-29)
This is a remake of "Curse of the Kramdens" (March 2, 1957).
07 "The Honeymooners in England" November 12, 1966 (1966-11-12)
This is a remake of "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" (March 9, 1957).
08 "You're in the Picture" November 19, 1966 (1966-11-19)
This is a remake of "Framed in Spain" (April 6, 1957).
09 "We Spy" December 3, 1966 (1966-12-03)
This is a remake of "Behind the Iron Curtain" (February 16, 1957).
10 "Petticoat Jungle" December 10, 1966 (1966-12-10)
This is a remake of "I Remember Mau Au" (April 13, 1957).
11 "Run, Santa, Run" December 17, 1966 (1966-12-17)
This is a remake of "Santa and the Bookies" (12/12/53 and 12/18/54).
12 "King of the Castle" January 7, 1967 (1967-01-07)
This is a remake of "Battle of the Sexes" (11/13/54).
13 "Movies Are Better Than Ever" January 14, 1967 (1967-01-14)
This is a remake of "Kramden vs. Norton" (1/15/55).
14 "Without Reservations" February 4, 1967 (1967-02-04)
This is a remake of "Brother in Law" (11/57/54).
15 "Life Upon the Wicked Stage" n/a February 11, 1967 (1967-02-11)
This is a remake of "Songs and Witty Sayings" (5/14/55). Due to music rights issues, this episode is not available on DVD.
16 "Rififi, Brooklyn Style" March 4, 1967 (1967-03-04)
This is a remake of "The Great Jewel Robbery" (2/26/55).
17 "Ralph Kramden Presents" March 18, 1967 (1967-03-18)
This is a remake of "Catch a Star" (12/15/56).
18 "Flushing Ho" April 15, 1967 (1967-04-15)
This is a remake of "One Big Happy Family" (4/9/55).
19 "Sees All, Knows All" April 22, 1967 (1967-04-22)
This is a remake of "Fortune Teller" (4/3/54).

The Jackie Gleason Show: 1967/68[edit]

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Be It Ever So Humble" September 9, 1967 (1967-09-09)
This is a remake of "My Fair Landlord" (1/19/57).
02 "Hair to a Fortune" September 16, 1967 (1967-09-16)
This is a remake of "Hair Raising Tale" (5/8/54).
03 "The People's Choice" September 23, 1967 (1967-09-23)
This is a remake of "Finger Man" (11/28/53) and "The People's Choice" (10/23/54).
04 "Two for the Money" October 7, 1967 (1967-10-07)
This is a remake of "Two Men on a Horse" (5/29/54).
05 "Nephew of the Bride" October 21, 1967 (1967-10-21)
This is a remake of "Goodbye Aunt Ethel" (6/5/54).
06 "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" November 4, 1967 (1967-11-04)
This is a remake of "A Little Man Who Wasn't There" (2/12/55).
07 "Two Faces of Ralph Kramden" November 18, 1967 (1967-11-18)
This is a remake of "Stand-In for Murder" (4/17/54 and 6/4/55).
08 "The Main Event" December 2, 1967 (1967-12-02)
This is a remake of "The Next Champ" (4/10/54).
09 "To Whom It May Concern" December 16, 1967 (1967-12-16)
This is a remake of "Letter to the Boss" (11/14/53 and 5/21/55).

The Jackie Gleason Show: 1968/69[edit]

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Sleepy Time Gal" September 28, 1968 (1968-09-28)
This is a remake of "The Hypnotist" (1/29/55).
02 "The Boy Next Door" October 12, 1968 (1968-10-12)
This is a remake of "Love Letter" (10/16/54 and 11/24/56).
03 "Alice's Birthday" 15:00 December 7, 1968 (1968-12-07)
This is a remake of "Alice's Birthday" (5/16/53). This episode is not available on DVD.
04 "Follow the Boys" December 26, 1968 (1968-12-26)
This is a remake of "Boys and Girls Together" (4/23/55).
05 "Lawsuit" January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)
This is a remake of "Lawsuit" (3/27/54). This episode is not available on DVD.
06 "Hot Tip" 11:00 February 8, 1969 (1969-02-08)
This is a remake of "Hot Tips" (4/11/53). This episode is not available on DVD.
07 "The New Bowling Ball" 10:00 March 22, 1969 (1969-03-22)
This is a remake of "The New Bowling Ball" (9/20/52). This episode is not available on DVD.
08 "Norton Moves In" 12:00 April 5, 1969 (1969-04-05)
This is a remake of "Norton Moves In" (4/18/53). This episode is not available on DVD.
09 "The New Manager" 10:00 April 19, 1969 (1969-04-19)
This is a remake of "Manager of the Baseball Team" (5/9/53 and 6/1/57). This episode is not available on DVD.

The Jackie Gleason Show: 1969–70[edit]

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Play It Again, Norton" September 27, 1969 (1969-09-27)
The Honeymooners wreak havoc on a cross-country tour. Ralph and Ed enter a song contest.
02 "Ralph Goes Hollywood" October 4, 1969 (1969-10-04)
The Honeymooners head to Hollywood to claim their songwriting prize.
03 "The Mexican Hat Trick" October 11, 1969 (1969-10-11)
The Honeymooners head to Mexico. Alice and Trixie are kidnapped.
04 "Case of the Cuckoo Thief" October 18, 1969 (1969-10-18)
A Hollywood shopping spree turns chaotic when Alice is set up in a shoplifting scam.
05 "Yes, We Have No Bonanzas" October 25, 1969 (1969-10-25)
This episode is not available on DVD.
06 "The Honeymoon Is Over" November 1, 1969 (1969-11-01)
Ralph, Alice, Ed and Trixie are asked to appear on The Mike Douglas Show to promote their song "Love on a Bus". Ralph and Alice get into an argument while on the show.
07 "Happiness Is a Rich Uncle" November 8, 1969 (1969-11-08)
Ralph and Alice test Alice's Uncle Howard's go-go girlfriend, to make sure she's not in it for the money.
08 "Hawaii, Oh Oh" November 15, 1969 (1969-11-15)
The Honeymooners visit Hawaii.
09 "The Sun and Raccoon Capital" November 22, 1969 (1969-11-22)
The Honeymooners visit Miami where Ralph and Ed vie for High Exalted Mystic Ruler.
10 "The Match Game" November 29, 1969 (1969-11-29)
In Chicago, a computer-match service has the Nortons clicking and the Kramdens not.
11 "Double Trouble" December 6, 1969 (1969-12-06)
The Honeymooners visit Sun Valley, Idaho. Ralph has yet another doppelganger; this time, it is a check bouncer who is using his name.
12 "We're Off to See the Wizard" February 21, 1970 (1970-02-21)
At Mardi Gras, a hotel mix-up leads the foursome to stay with Emma, Norton's distant relative, a phony spiritualist. NOTE: At the end of this show, Gleason explains that a nut from the audience ran up on stage and Sammy Spear had to lead him out of the auditorium.
13 "Operation Protest" February 28, 1970 (1970-02-28)
Returning from his cross-country trip promoting the film Love on a Bus, Ralph is offered a promotion within the Gotham Bus Company, but trouble erupts when Alice's nephew starts picketing their headquarters. NOTE: This is the last episode of the "Color Honeymooners".

The Jackie Gleason Specials: 1970-1985[edit]

The following is a listing of "Honeymooners" Specials.

# Title Duration Original airdate
01 "Jackie Gleason Special" n/a December 20, 1970 (1970-12-20)
Still Lost.
02 "General Electric Honeymooners Special: Women's Lib" 25:20 October 11, 1973 (1973-10-11)
When Trixie brings down a copy of Plaything magazine to show Alice a questionnaire, Alice now questions if she is an equal to Ralph. Ralph and Alice fight and Alice moves upstairs with Trixie and it is Ralph and Ed on their own. This is Sheila MacRae's final appearance as Alice.
02 "Julie & Jackie: How Sweet It Is" 25:20 May 22, 1974 (1974-05-22)
This special with Julie Andrews and Gleason features these two classic talents in familiar Gleason sketches including Joe the Bartender, The Poor Soul, Reggie van Gleason and The Honeymooners. This is the only time Gleason portrayed Ralph Kramden along someone else playing Ed Norton. Still lost.
03 "The Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" 48:00 February 2, 1976 (1976-02-02)
The Kramdens are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Ralph and Alice plan on renewing their vows in a special ceremony at the Raccoon lodge. The celebration is put on hold when Ralph believes Alice is pregnant. Norton then comes into the picture to teach Ralph how to take care of a baby. Meadows returns as Alice, her first time since 1966's "The Adoption".
04 "The Honeymooners Christmas Special" 48:00 November 28, 1977 (1977-11-28)
Ralph agrees to produce, direct and star in his boss, Mr. Marshall's wife's annual fundraising Christmas benefit show, "A Christmas Carol". Problems arise when Ralph realizes he has promised to take Alice to Miami the same weekend as the show. Hilarity ensues when Ralph rewrites the Dickens classic and with Norton directing it is bound to be a hit. When the show is a hit, all is forgiven.
05 "The Honeymooners Valentine Special" 72:00 February 13, 1978 (1978-02-13)
Alice is secretly planning to buy Ralph a suit for Valentine s Day, however Ralph thinks she is sizing him to fit for a coffin after he finds, a new life-insurance policy. With Ralph thinking Alice is seeing another man, Ralph has Norton joining him undercover, dressed in drag, to catch the bum. In the end, Ralph buys alice an all-electric kitchen with a new TV, stove, refrigerator, washer, and dryer.
06 "Jackie Gleason's Honeymooners Christmas" 48:00 December 10, 1978 (1978-12-10)
It is Christmastime and Ralph's latest get-rich-quick-scheme has himrisking his and Alice's life savings, Norton's holiday bonus and his mother-in-law's Social Security check. What could be more of a sure thing than investing in lottery tickets. This is the only special that was filmed in Atlantic City.
07 "The Honeymooners Reunion" n/a May 13, 1985 (1985-05-13)
Clip show featuring the "Lost Episodes" hosted by Gleason and Meadows on a recreation of the original set.
08 "The Honeymooners Anniversary Celebration" n/a October 18, 1985 (1985-10-18)

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