History Series / TheHoneymooners

24th May '16 3:46:31 PM twilicorn
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Born from a series of occasional sketches on the [[VarietyShow variety-format]] series ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' (many of which were rather misleadingly touted as "lost episodes" decades later), ''The Honeymooners'' was eventually spun off into its own series, featuring Jackie Gleason as big-mouthed, soft-hearted pseudo-bully Ralph and Art Carney as Norton, with Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden and Joyce Randolph as Trixie. (Pert Kelton originally played Alice on in the sketches on ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' but was blacklisted during the HUAC "Red Scare" and forced out of the cast. UncleJohnsBathroomReader claims that Kelton's official reason for being fired was that "her boobs were too big").

Along with ''Series/ILoveLucy'', this is one of the ur-[[SitCom SitComs]] from the early days of television. While a one-season affair as a standalone series (it regularly got trounced in the ratings by ''The Perry Como Show'' during its initial network run), it remained a part of Gleason's reconstituted variety show until the end of its run, found a second life in ubiquitous syndicated reruns, and became a certified cultural icon, widely imitated (in particular by ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'') both in Hollywood and abroad. (There have been at least two ''Swedish'' versions, for instance.) In the late 70s Creator/{{ABC}} aired two one hour Honeymooners specials, one for Christmas and one for Valentine's Day. A movie version of ''The Honeymooners'' with an [[RaceLift all-black cast]] (including Cedric The Entertainer as Ralph) was released in theaters in June 2005. The verdict? In the words of one reviewer, "How sweet it isn't."

In 2002 CBS aired a TV movie called "Gleason" starring ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' 's Brad Garrett as The Great One - one scene of which features Gleason creating the basics of The Honeymooners along with his other characters.

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Born from a series of occasional sketches on the [[VarietyShow variety-format]] series ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' (many of which were rather misleadingly touted as "lost episodes" decades later), ''The Honeymooners'' was eventually spun off into its own series, featuring Jackie Gleason as big-mouthed, soft-hearted pseudo-bully Ralph and Art Carney as Norton, with Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden and Joyce Randolph as Trixie. (Pert Kelton originally played Alice on in the sketches on ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' but was blacklisted during the HUAC "Red Scare" and forced out of the cast. UncleJohnsBathroomReader Literature/UncleJohnsBathroomReader claims that Kelton's official reason for being fired was that "her boobs were too big").

Along with ''Series/ILoveLucy'', this is one of the ur-[[SitCom SitComs]] from the early days of television. While a one-season affair as a standalone series (it regularly got trounced in the ratings by ''The Perry Como Show'' during its initial network run), it remained a part of Gleason's reconstituted variety show until the end of its run, found a second life in ubiquitous syndicated reruns, and became a certified cultural icon, widely imitated (in particular by ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'') both in Hollywood and abroad. (There have been at least two ''Swedish'' versions, for instance.) Years later, its legacy continues to live on: In the late 70s Creator/{{ABC}} aired two one hour one-hour Honeymooners specials, one for Christmas and one for Valentine's Day. A movie version of ''The Honeymooners'' with an [[RaceLift all-black cast]] (including Cedric The Entertainer as Ralph) was released in theaters in June 2005. The verdict? In the words of one reviewer, "How sweet it isn't."

In 2002 CBS aired a TV movie called "Gleason" starring ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' 's Brad Garrett as The Great One - one scene of which features Gleason creating the basics of The Honeymooners along with his other characters.characters. In addition, a film adaptation with an [[RaceLift all-black cast]] (including Creator/CedricTheEntertainer as Ralph) was released in theaters in June 2005, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks though this iteration wasn't very well-received]].
11th May '16 9:14:57 AM Business21
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27th Apr '16 8:59:51 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* MinskyPickup: In the episode called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_$99,000_Answer "The $99,000 Answer"]] (after the fictional TV show Ralph is going on), when Ralph is cramming for an appearance on a game show where he has to identify songs, Norton is helping him by playing songs on the piano. To Ralph's consternation, EACH song is preceded by Norton "warming up" which consists of the first few notes of "Way Down Upon the Swanee River" followed by "dadum, dadum dum dum!" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnpaMPmivPE The bit with the Minsky Pickup is here starting at 6:40]]) It's the only ''Honeymooners'' episode that has its own page on TheOtherWiki.

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* MinskyPickup: In the episode called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_$99,000_Answer "The $99,000 Answer"]] (after the fictional TV show Ralph is going on), when Ralph is cramming for an appearance on a game show where he has to identify songs, Norton is helping him by playing songs on the piano. To Ralph's consternation, EACH song is preceded by Norton "warming up" which consists of the first few notes of "Way Down Upon the Swanee River" followed by "dadum, dadum dum dum!" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnpaMPmivPE The bit with the Minsky Pickup is here starting at 6:40]]) It's the only ''Honeymooners'' episode that has to ever have its own page on TheOtherWiki.[[note]]The page has since been merged with the rest of the episodes summaries.[[/note]]
16th Dec '15 10:57:16 AM MHarrington
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** In one episode Norton says, "[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Dun...de da dunt]]".

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** In one episode Norton episode, Norton, caught raiding Ralph's icebox, says, "[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Dun...de da dunt]]".dum]]."
-->'''Norton:''' All I hope is, when they do my life on ''Dragnet'', they leave my name out to protect the innocent.\\
'''Ralph:''' ''(Norton is holding a turkey drumstick in his hand)'' You put that turkey back or they'll be doing your life on ''Series/{{Medic}}''.
16th Dec '15 10:53:33 AM MHarrington
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* HenpeckedHusband: Ralph and Ed.
16th Dec '15 10:52:55 AM MHarrington
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%%* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Ed again, ''and how''.
%%"And how" is not context. Do not uncomment this example without expanding it properly.

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%%* * ComicallyMissingThePoint: Ed again, ''and how''.
%%"And how"
again. For example, Trixie complains to him about her buying chopped meat from a butcher. She had asked him how much the chopped meat was and he says, "58 cents a pound, sweetie pie," much to her embarrassment. This exchange is not context. Do not uncomment this example without expanding it properly.thus triggered:
-->'''Ed:''' Boy, I don't blame you for being mad. You're never going in that butcher shop again. What a nerve -- 58 cents a pound for chopped meat.\\
'''Trixie:''' Ed, I was referring to him calling me "sweetie pie"!\\
'''Ed:''' What do you want him to call you, "lover lips"? He hardly knows you.


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* HaveAGayOldTime: In one episode, Ralph tries to prove to Alice that he can be youthful by doing the Hucklebuck. However, watching his pathetic attempts to dance, Norton urges Ralph to step it up by saying, "Get in the groove and be gay!"
15th Aug '15 12:19:06 PM BatmanKalEl
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15th Aug '15 12:16:23 PM BatmanKalEl
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* ThrowItIn
** In the filmed episode "The Man From Space", a knob falls off of Ralph's spaceman costume while he tries to get Alice to guess what he's supposed to be. Alice picks it up and hands it to Ralph. Instead of stopping filming Gleason simply ad-libs, "Gimme that. That's my Denaturalizer", and the scene continues.
** In "Better Living Through TV", as Ralph and Norton rehearse a commercial to sell an all-purpose kitchen gadget, part of the gadget falls off. Gleason ad-libs by picking it up and saying, "Maybe we ought to say something about spear-fishing?"
** Trivia websites like IMDB have pointed out that a great deal of the show featured Throw It In moments. Apparently, Gleason had something of a photographic memory, and didn't like to rehearse, so he would only look at the script once before appearing live on air. When he forgot his lines, he would pat his stomach as a signal to the other actors, so they could cover for him. It often fell to Audrey Meadows to get the scene back on track; for instance, she would glance at the refrigerator when someone needed to cross to it.
15th Aug '15 12:14:32 PM BatmanKalEl
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* TheOtherDarrin: Audrey Meadows as Alice, with Pert Kelton as ThePeteBest. Kelton lost her job due to the blacklist. Also Joyce Randolph replaced Elaine Stritch (yes, [[Series/ThirtyRock Jack Donaghy]]'s mom) as Trixie when the show jumped to NBC.
30th Jun '15 5:23:29 AM C2
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Born from a series of occasional sketches on the [[VarietyShow variety-format]] series ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' (many of which were rather misleadingly touted as "lost episodes" decades later), ''The Honeymooners'' was eventually spun off into its own series,
featuring Jackie Gleason as big-mouthed, soft-hearted pseudo-bully Ralph and Art Carney as Norton, with Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden and Joyce Randolph as Trixie. (Pert Kelton originally played Alice on in the sketches on ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' but was blacklisted during the HUAC "Red Scare" and forced out of the cast. UncleJohnsBathroomReader claims that Kelton's official reason for being fired was that "her boobs were too big").

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Born from a series of occasional sketches on the [[VarietyShow variety-format]] series ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' (many of which were rather misleadingly touted as "lost episodes" decades later), ''The Honeymooners'' was eventually spun off into its own series,
series, featuring Jackie Gleason as big-mouthed, soft-hearted pseudo-bully Ralph and Art Carney as Norton, with Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden and Joyce Randolph as Trixie. (Pert Kelton originally played Alice on in the sketches on ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' but was blacklisted during the HUAC "Red Scare" and forced out of the cast. UncleJohnsBathroomReader claims that Kelton's official reason for being fired was that "her boobs were too big").
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