->''"No, [[ExplodingCloset don't open that door]], [=McGee=]!"''
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A comedic [[RadioDrama radio series]] that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1935 to 1959 in one form or another. The stars of the program were the [[RealLifeRelative real life husband-and-wife team]] of Jim and Marian Jordan, who took characters honed in earlier vaudeville and radio work and combined them with a Midwestern small town setting to create an iconic radio program.

Fibber and Molly [=McGee=] lived at 79 Wistful Vista in a town also named Wistful Vista. Fibber had no actual job, and spent much of his time on get-rich-quick schemes which never panned out. And yet somehow the [=McGees=] never seemed to actually run out of money and lived quite comfortably, even being able to afford a housekeeper for a while. Each week Fibber would try out a new ZanyScheme or try to do some simple task, interrupted by people [[DropInCharacter dropping in]] at the house or stopping him and Molly on the street. And to break up the gags, there would be one or more musical interludes.

The show was massively popular in its time, starting its peak years in 1940, but running through TheGreatDepression, WorldWarII, TheForties, and TheFifties. Its running gags and characters inspired many imitators. There were two spin-offs: ''Radio/TheGreatGildersleeve'', featuring blowhard neighbor Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, and ''Beulah'', which starred the [=McGees=]' housekeeper. There were four movies featuring the characters [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes (none of which are legally available on DVD as of 2009)]] and a short-lived television series with [[TheOtherDarrin younger actors]] in the lead roles.
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!!Tropes featured in ''Fibber [=McGee=] and Molly'' include:

* AccidentalMisnaming: For some odd reason, Mr. Old-Timer always addresses Fibber as "Johnny" and Molly as "Daughter".
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A popular gag by [=McGee=]. Building off a fake anecdote, he would launch into an impressive alliterative routine that usually segued into a commercial break or the next line of dialogue.
* AllegedCar: "Gotta get those brakes checked, one of these days..."
* AlliterativeName: Wallace Wimple. Molly [=McGee=] technically qualifies as well, although her full name is rarely if ever used in this manner.
* BrotherChuck: Though most characters who leave the show are given a reason (fighting in the war, gone to jail, etc.), a couple simply disappear without explanation. Some of them are occasionally referenced in name only later on.
* CatchPhrase: Molly's "Heavenly days!" and "'Tain't funny, [=McGee=]." Fibber's "How's every little thing, Myrt?" The Old-Timer's "That's pretty good, Johnny, but that ain't the way ''I'' heared it!" Gildersleeve's "You're a haaaaaaard man, [=McGee=]." Teeny's "I betcha" (which borders on VerbalTic territory). Beulah's "Somebody bawl fo' Beulah?" and "Love that man!". Wallace Wimple's "Hello, folks." Horatio K. Boomer's "And a check for a short beer- well, well, imagine that, no [object]!"
* ChainOfCorrections: Mayor [=LaTrivia=] was subjected to these practically [[OncePerEpisode every episode]]. They'd usually involve him innocently using some figure of speech, which Fibber or Molly (or both) would either take too literally or otherwise misinterpret, sometimes on purpose. [=LaTrivia=]'s subsequent attempts to clear things up would only create more confusion, making him increasingly flustered and confused and generally reducing him to [[{{Angrish}} sputtering, incoherent rage]] by the time his visit was over.
* ConstantlyCurious: Teeny
* CutesyNameTown: Wistful Vista
* DontExplainTheJoke: Fibber often does this with his more obscure puns, invariably leading Molly to say, "T'ain't funny, [=McGee=]."
* DoomItYourself: Numerous episodes involve Fibber conducting various home-repair projects, with predictable results.
* DuringTheWar: Episodes during WorldWarTwo often dealt with the effects of the war on the civilian population. (In a positive, "we can get through this" manner.)
** The episode broadcast just after D-Day was an all-patriotic music show.
** In fact, this trope was so prevalent on the show that a book called ''How Fibber [=McGee=] and Molly Won World War II'' was published.
* EnforcedPlug: In the person of Harlow Wilcox, local salesman for Johnson Wax (the show's primary sponsor.) Fibber and Molly often tease him about his obsession with the product and this is also frequently lampshaded, subverted, inverted, and generally played with.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: The Old-Timer. Or, as Molly usually addresses him, "''Mr.'' Old-Timer".
* ExplodingCloset: The TropeMaker. Sometimes subverted.
* FunnyForeigner: Nick [=DePopoulous=], a character from the early years of the show. A Greek restaurant owner, he was known for his [[{{Malaproper}} malapropisms]] and IntentionalEngrishForFunny.
** Also, in the later years of the show, the Swedish character Ole Swenson.
* TheGhost: Several characters were talked about but never heard, including Myrt the telephone operator; Molly's former beau, Otis Cadwallader; Fibber's old vaudeville partner, Fred Nitney; and Wallace Wimple's wife, "Sweetie-Face". Molly's Uncle Dennis was mostly this as well, although he did make a couple of on-air appearances.
** The last episode of the 1942-43 season had the various characters dropping by to wish Fibber and Molly a good summer. One of these is a woman who neither of the [=McGees=] can quite recognize...until, just as she's leaving, she tells them she's Myrt.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Fibber's {{Unusual Euphemism}}s were colorful, fast, and family-friendly. Most of the other characters on the show, especially Molly, would express surprise and shock at his clever and catchy "vulgarities".
* GrandeDame: Mrs. Abigail Uppington, Mrs. Millicent Carstairs
* HappilyMarried: Despite Fibber's foibles, which Molly had no illusions about, they were deeply in love.
* HenpeckedHusband: Wallace Wimple
* LongRunner
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jim Jordan, in an interview with NBC, noted that Fibber is a "liar and a bum", and couldn't explain how Fibber kept all of the friends that he had. He then went on to state that he was the opposite of Fibber in nearly every respect.
* MeaningfulName: Fibber is known for his tall tales.
* MediumAwareness: Frequently. For example, in one episode Wallace Wimple is talking about his wife leaving the radio on- "It's tuned to NBC, so she won't miss ''Fibber Mc''...oh my goodness, she's heard everything we've said!"
* [[MisplacedNamesPoster Misplaced Names Credits]]: "Marian and Jim Jordan as Fibber [=McGee=] and Molly."
* MultipleChoicePast: What kind of an act did Fibber and Fred Nitney have in vaudeville? How did Ole meet his wife? What did the Old Timer do for a living in the old days? We'll never know.
* NoFourthWall: Not in a Creator/TexAvery way, but most episodes, especially in the formative years, have at least one or two lines acknowledging that the action is taking place as part of a radio show. The wall was slowly constructed as the show continued, but that didn't stop the occasional LeaningOnTheFourthWall.
* TheOperatorsMustBeCrazy: The operator Myrt always got sidetracked telling Fibber the latest gossip and never put the call through.
* PungeonMaster: Fibber.
* PunnyName: Mayor [=LaTrivia=], a play on '30s-'40s NYC mayor Fiorello [=LaGuardia=].
* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: The [=McGees=] visited Gildersleeve in an episode of his own show.
* RummageFail: A character in the early years of the show, Horatio K. Boomer, had this as his running gag every week. It was usually an excuse for a HurricaneOfPuns, inevitably ending with the CatchPhrase "..and a check for a short beer. Well, well, imagine that, no [object-of-the-week]!"
* RunningGag: Many, carefully spaced out so as not to get too tired. The most famous involved Fibber's utility closet, supposedly so stuffed that opening it caused avalanche-style sound effects.
** "The corner of 14th and Oak", where practically everything that happened in Wistful Vista outside the [=McGees'=] house took place.
* SelfDeprecation: The show started this early and often.
* SigningOffCatchPhrase:
-->'''Fibber:''' Goodnight.
-->'''Molly:''' Goodnight, all!
* SoundToScreenAdaptation: A TV series, starring [[TheOtherDarrin different actors as Fibber and Molly]], was attempted in 1959 but lasted only half a season. There were also several [[TheMovie feature films]] made by RKO in the '40s and starring the radio cast.
* SpinOff: ''Radio/TheGreatGildersleeve'' and ''Beulah''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Mrs. Carstairs entered the show in the mid '40s, essentially being a duplicate of Mrs. Uppington, who had simply vanished off the show earlier.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Gildersleeve (though less so when he moved to his own show), Mrs. Uppington.
* ThrowItIn: Jim Jordan was a master at humorously ad-libbing past an occasional flubbed line, to the delight of the StudioAudience.
* VerbalTic: Silly Watson, from the early Chicago years of the show, would habitually tack on the phrase "please sir" to the end of sentences.
** Teeny's "I betcha".
* VerySpecialEpisode: A small number of these occurred, especially during the war-time years, but one that stands out the mini-episode "War Time Cancer Show" in which [=McGee=] is upset that a friend of his has cancer, and Doctor Gamble enters to talk about the dangers and importance of consulting a doctor about cancer.
** While the cancer episode does fit the trope in question, technically it was a special 15-minute show specially recorded for the American Cancer Association, and NOT a regular half-hour episode.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Fibber and Doc Gamble.
** Fibber and Gildersleeve even more so.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Exactly where Wistful Vista is located is a mystery.
* WrittenInAbsence: Molly was absent from the show for most of late 1938 and early 1939 while Marian Jordan was hospitalized for alcoholism (or "fatigue", as the press of the time put it). The show was temporarily retitled ''Fibber [=McGee=] [[ProtagonistAndFriends and Company]]'' for this period.
** Both leads were absent from a 1944 episode while Jim Jordan recuperated from pneumonia; this was cleverly dealt with by having Gildersleeve (who had departed for his own show) returning to Wistful Vista to visit his old neighbors, finding them away from home, and interacting with the various [[DropInCharacter Drop-In Character]]s while waiting for the [=McGees=] to return.
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