The Bickersons (1946-1951)
(1946 - 1951)
Writer: Phillip Rapp
Cast: Don Ameche and Frances Langford as John and Blanche Bickerson and Danny Thomas, Lew Parker and Pinky Lee in a supporting role
“The Bickersons... have retired. .Three o'clock in the morning finds Mrs. Bickerson wide awake and anxious…”
Every night after they bed down Blanche invariably wakes her husband John up to worry or fret over some perceived insult or infidelity. John responds to her constant needling with sarcasm and insults, causing the comedic couple to battle with banter until they finally return to sleep. No facet of their lives is off limits in their nightly contests.
In a radio landscape dominated by saccharine sweet couples like Ozzie and Harriet, the Bickersons were cutting edge and even threatening to many listeners. They seem to have no business being married, but like the battling couples they later inspired, such as the Kramdens and the Bundys, there is an underlying love between the two conjoined combatants that is sensed throughout the series. This feeling is perhaps best seen in the Gift of the Magi themed Christmas special where the Bickersons both give up prized possessions to get each other something special .
The Bickerson's was a radio sketch comedy about a married couple who spent majority of their time together constantly bickering and fighting with one another hence the name 'Bickersons'!
The plots normally consisted of every day routine taking to the extreme. Fighting at 3:00 in the morning over silly things that did not need to be discussed such as the husband's character John and his job, or family members or his alcohol addiction. He is constantly accused by his wife Blanche of cheating and having affairs with the neighbor.
Actors: Don Ameche, Frances Langford