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The Honeymooners' Frank Marth Dies at 91

Judy Stangis, Frank Marth in The Mod Squad

Frank Marth, who had several background roles on The Honeymooners and also starred in numerous films, died Sunday of congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's disease at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 91.

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TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time

The Sopranos

So many golden ages, so much brilliance from which to choose. In culling from the "60 Greatest" lists we've compiled during our 60th-anniversary year, we shook things up, blending drama, comedy and other genres to salute the shows with the biggest cultural impact and most enduring influence. What will the next 60 years bring? We can't wait to find out... read more

I Love Lucy Gets Colorized For Christmas and Finally Goes Blu-ray

I Love Lucy

If you've been dreaming of a red Christmas, then Santa — or, rather, CBS — is about to make your holiday wish come true. The network celebrates the holiday with the I Love Lucy Christmas Special, pairing newly colorized versions of the series' seldom-seen Yuletide installment and the classic ...
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Jane Kean, Star of Honeymooners Revival, Dies at 90

Art Carney, Jane Kean, Jackie Gleason, Sheila MacRae

Jane Kean, best known for playing Trixie opposite Jackie Gleason on a revival of The Honeymooners, has died, The Associated Press reports. She was 90.

She died Tuesday at Providence Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., where she had .... read more

No Joke: The Greatest Comedies of All time

Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

In honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, senior critic Matt Roush names the 60 greatest comedies of all time. Here are the top 10, and pick up the new issue (on sale now) to see numbers 11 through 60.

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New Poll Names Seinfeld the Best Sitcom, Jay Leno the Funniest Late-Night Host

Seinfeld

Is the show about nothing really the best sitcom of all time?

It is according to a new poll conducted by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair, in which Americans voted Seinfeld as the top sitcom.

The NBC comedy based on the stand-up of Jerry Seinfeld amassed 22 percent of the vote, followed by... read more

The Biz: Retro TV For Free

Three's Company

TV classics are being dusted off for the digital age, and you don't need cable or the Internet to watch them.

Hits from the '70s (Three's Company), '60s (The Monkees) and even the '50s (Burns and Allen) make up the core of Antenna TV, a nostalgia-based network launched in January on over-the-air digital channels in about half the country. Antenna TV joins the throwback party started by Me-TV (Memorable Entertainment), the free TV home of... read more

Leonard Stern, Honeymooners and Get Smart Writer, Dies at 88

Leonard Stern

Leonard Stern, a producer, writer and director who helped create The Honeymooners and Mad Libs, died Tuesday of heart failure, Variety reports. He was 88 years old.

A New York native, Stern got his start in Hollywood in the '50s writing film screenplays, including Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, The Jazz Singer and the Jack Lemmon film Three for the Show. His career shifted to TV, and he began writing for The Jackie Gleason Show.

Stern went on to... read more

Are Mike & Molly's Fat Jokes Funny?

Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson and Billy Gardell

The creators of CBS' new romantic sitcom Mike & Molly insist that the show isn't about weight issues.

"I wanted to write a show about two people at the beginning of a relationship, and that was what intrigued me the most," says executive producer Mark Roberts (Two and a Half Men).

See TVGuide.com's editors' picks for the best new fall shows

Still, the show's nascent courtship begins when city cop Mike (comedian Billy Gardell) meets cute with... read more

The Simpsons' Executive Producer Al Jean Looks Back at 20 Years in Springfield

The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean

After 20 years and nearly 450 episodes, The Simpsons received a surprising distinction: an endorsement from the Vatican.

"I called my father — whose been going to Catholic Mass for 70 years — and I said, 'So it turns out I've been doing God's work all this time,'" laughs longtime executive producer Al Jean. (The official Vatican newspaper praised the show last month for its "realistic and intelligent writing.")

Even without the Roman Catholic Church's approval, the series has thrived. Playing in more than 90 countries, the longest-running prime-time scripted series will simultaneously celebrate its 20th anniversary and 450th episode Sunday. The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice!, airing Sunday at 8:30/7:30c, will look back at both the show's humble origins and worldwide impact.

TVGuide.com talked with Jean — the series' current showrunner and a writer since Season 1 — about the show's anniversary, his favorite characters and guest stars.

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Premiered: October 01, 1955, on CBS
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Premise: Jackie Gleason was dubbed 'The Great One,' and this classic sitcom shows why. These wonderfully timeless episodes (known as the 'Classic 39') are about the Kramdens and Nortons (introduced on the 'Cavalcade of Stars' variety show in 1950) and have flourished in syndication for more than 50 years. 'People like the show because we are them,' Gleason said. Art Carney had his own explanation: 'It was funny, period.' Carney won five Emmys in the role of Norton, while Gleason, inexplicably, never won.

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