The Life of Riley was also a very popular radio show starring William Bendix as Chester Riley. It ran from 1943-1951.

In 1949 it became a TV series and starred the then-unknown Jackie Gleason. This was Gleason's big break. At that time Gleason was young, slim, and good-looking.

That series lasted until 1951. Two years later, Bendix was free to take the TV role, which he did for the next five years. (By that time, Gleason was starring in The Honeymooners. I can remember seeing the show, but not much more than Riley in his hammock on the front porch and his talks to audience from that same place (similar to George Burns' asides).

One of Riley's tag lines was, "What a revoltin' development!"

The show sometimes pops up on Nick at Night.