Grade • A
Blu-ray • While it seems there were hundreds of episode of “The Honeymooners,” Jackie Gleason’s classic comedy actually ran for just one season (1955-56) as a stand-alone show. “The Honeymooners” made at least 151 additional appearances on specials and Gleason’s various variety shows, but it’s the 39 sitcom episodes that live on in our memories — and they’re being released for the first time on Blu-ray.
Bus driver Ralph Kramden (Gleason); his wife, Alice (Audrey Meadows); his pal, Ed Norton (Art Carney); and Norton’s wife, Trixie (Joyce Randolph), remain vivid characters six decades later, And the episodes — including Ed giving Ralph a golf lesson, Ed sleepwalking, Ralph creating a man-from-space costume, Alice having a phone installed, Ralph competing on a quiz show, Ralph witnessing a murder — are a series of classics.
The only extra is an anniversary special, but this is all about the episodes.