The Kramdens & Nortons 15 years after the depression still struggle to make ends meet. Ralph & Alice marry following his acquiring a job as a bus driver. Ed Norton, a sewer worker, and wife Trixie live above the Kramdens. The stories depict the sincere attempts of two men attempting to better their lives, and the ensuing frustrations when their schemes to strike it rich inevitably backfire.
Last EpisodeTV Special: Jackie Gleason's Honeymo… Aired: Dec. 10, 1978
Ralph blows though everyones holiday money for his new investment - tickets for a lottery.
Series Fun Facts
- Audrey Meadows was the only cast member to receive residual payments for the show for her entire life. This was a result of her shrewd manager, who predicted the prospect of a "rerun" even in…
[show]Audrey Meadows was the only cast member to receive residual payments for the show for her entire life. This was a result of her shrewd manager, who predicted the prospect of a "rerun" even in the early stages of television, before precedent was set for it. As a part of her contract, she was told to stipulate that if the show were to air in subsequent time slots in the future, she would be paid royalties, which is an interesting bit of history because it's now a standard condition for all TV work that the involved parties from an episode should get paid for each showing of it. These days it applies to directors, actors, writers, and voice actors, along with others in different capacities as well.
- Trixie Norton's real name was Thelma.
- Two episodes were filmed per week instead of the usual one per week for weekly shows.