The Life of Riley

1953, TV Show

Life at 1313 Blueview Terrace was never easy, thanks to bumbling Chester A. Riley, an Archie Bunker without the attitude whose catchphrase---`what a revoltin' development this is!'---was a national tag line in the 1950s. The family sitcom first ran on NBC in 1949-50 with Jackie Gleason in the title role and won an Emmy (beating out `The Lone Ranger'), but didn't last. It was revived three years later, this time starring William Bendix, who had played Riley on radio and in a 1948 movie.

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Premiered: January 02, 1953, on NBC
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Premise: Life at 1313 Blueview Terrace was never easy, thanks to bumbling Chester A. Riley, an Archie Bunker without the attitude whose catchphrase---`what a revoltin' development this is!'---was a national tag line in the 1950s. The family sitcom first ran on NBC in 1949-50 with Jackie Gleason in the title role and won an Emmy (beating out `The Lone Ranger'), but didn't last. It was revived three years later, this time starring William Bendix, who had played Riley on radio and in a 1948 movie.

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