PIX11 celebrates 60th anniversary of ‘The Honeymooners’ with 2-episode special 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1

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AND AWAY WE GO! On Oct. 1, 1955, at 8:30 p.m., the first episode of “The Honeymooners” premiered on CBS. That episode, “TV or Not TV,”  is considered among the best. For one amazing year, CBS aired those classic 39 episodes — “Live on Film” as the New York Times ad called it on that night — that are so beloved by generations of TV viewers.

The New York Times ad for the first episode of

The New York Times ad for the first episode of “The Honeymooners,” on Oct. 1, 1955.

In 1958, WPIX picked up the reruns of the Classic 39, and they’ve been part of our family ever since. For decades, PIX11 showed “The Honeymooners” at 11 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. weeknights — it’s how generations of New Yorkers went to bed.

On Thursday night, to mark the 60th anniversary on the exact night that first episode aired, “The Honeymooners” will be back on weeknights for one special evening.

PIX11 will show that first episode, “TV or Not TV,” at 11 p.m. And at 11:30 p.m., we’ll show the 39th and final episode, “A Man’s Pride.”

We’ll be sharing video and trivia about the show on our Facebook page, WPIX Archives, so make sure you like the page and call it up while we show the episodes! Join the conversation  — we want to hear from you!

A 1977 press release mentions

A 1977 press release mentions “The Honeymooners” airing at 11:30 p.m., after “The Odd Couple.”

Please join us Thursday night at 11 for an hour of classic “Honeymooners” to celebrate this anniversary.

Joyce Randolph talks ‘The Honeymooners’ with PIX11’s Kaity Tong

Kaity Tong talks ‘The Honeymooners’ with Joyce Randolph: Part 2

And watch the PIX11 News on Thursday for special reports on “The Honeymooners,” including an interview with Joyce Randolph, the last surviving member of the cast.

A second New York Times ad on the night of the premiere of

A second New York Times ad on the night of the premiere of “The Honeymooners.”

Of course, there were “Honeymooners” sketches in the years before and after the Classic 39 first aired, but it’s the first episode of the sitcom itself that we are celebrating Thursday night.

Honeymooners fans, you’re the greatest!

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Below is the Dec. 4, 1981 press release announcing the return of “The Honeymooners” to our schedule after an ill-considered two-year break, thanks to a campaign led by the Royal Association for the Longevity and Preservation of “The Honeymooners,” aka, R.A.L.P.H.

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