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Classic TV program at Sachem Library

Audrey Meadows and Jackie Gleason in "The Honeymooners,"

Audrey Meadows and Jackie Gleason in "The Honeymooners," which debuted in 1955. Credit: CBS

Ralph and Alice. Archie and Edith. For boomers and seniors, last names are not necessary.

"The Honeymooners" debuted in 1955 and ran for only 39 episodes on network TV, but Jackie Gleason's iconic comedy has lived on in reruns and spawned several revivals. "All in the Family" began its network run in 1971, and before it ended eight years later, it had helped change not just television but the world.

These two groundbreaking series, so alike and so different, will be compared and contrasted by TV historian and comedy writer Sal St. George at Sachem Library. The free program, "Comedy Classics: All in the Family vs. the Honeymooners," is Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 631-588-5024 or go to

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