Fans of vintage sitcoms can celebrate the new year in style.
WPIX/Channel 11 renews its ball dropping tradition with a marathon of The Honeymooners starting at 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve. The Jackie Gleason touchstone comedy began on WPIX in 1976, and has been part of the December 31/January 1 programming since 1996. WPIX airs 26 classic episodes featuring the exploits of Ralph Kramden, his bosom buddy Ed Norton, and their wives Alice and Trixie. Channel 11 halts the marathon at 4 a.m. for the PIX Morning News. Following the respite, The Honeymooners is back in action from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
But wait, there’s more.
WLNY/TV 10 55 is set with another New York staple, The Odd Couple. The 38 episodes chronicling the struggles between roommates, neat freak Felix Unger and sloven sportwriter Oscar Madison.
The marathon, which begins at midnight, runs until 9 p.m. It takes on a bittersweet tone, as Jack Klugman, a two-time Emmy winner for his portrayal of Madison, died last week at age 90.
Each episode in the marathon is hosted by Carolina Bermudez, John Elliott, and Lisa Kerney of WLNY’s Live From the Couch. The marathon concludes with perhaps the funniest Odd Couple episode from 1972, when Felix and Oscar compete on Password from 1972.
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