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Jackie Gleason: Genius At Work

Airs Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Graphic cover of the DVD titled "Jackie Gleason: Genius At Work."

Above: Graphic cover of the DVD titled "Jackie Gleason: Genius At Work."

In the golden era of television, Jackie Gleason was king. Families gathered around the television on Saturday evenings to see which of his characters would be entertaining them on "The Jackie Gleason Show" – beloved playboy Reggie Van Gleason; Rudy the Repairman; working-class dreamer Ralph Kramden; lovable Fenwick Babbit; or loudmouth Charlie Bratton.

The one-hour special, "Jackie Gleason: Genius At Work," features a collection of Gleason’s most memorable characters and skits from his long-running network television series, insightful commentary from host Jeff Garlin (from HBO’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and a special appearance by wife Marilyn Gleason.

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