In the late 1940s
, Jackie Gleason
hosted a variety show, "The Cavalcade of Stars", on the DuMont Television Network. There he created skits of "The Honeymooners" with another DuMont performer, Art Carney
. The skits became so popular, CBS offered Gleason an opportunity to produce and star in the series, "The Honeymooners" in 1955 (39 episodes). Some of the so-called "lost episodes" were 15 minute skits originally broadcast on DuMont. Gleason retained the rights to the reruns which became extremely popular with an almost cult-like following. The Honeymooners starred Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, and Joyce Randolph.