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[[caption-width-right:300:One of these days, Alice!]]
->''"One of deez days... BANG! ZOOM! [[HitYouSoHardYourXWillFeelIt Straight to da moon!!]]"\\
"[[BigShutUp Ahh, shaddup!]]"''
-->-- A typical evening with '''the Kramdens'''

Originally broadcast 1955-56 on Creator/{{CBS}}. The sometimes madcap, sometimes touching life of bus driver Ralph Kramden and his wife Alice (who live in a cold-water walk-up apartment in Brooklyn based on Jackie Gleason's childhood home at 328 Chauncy Street) and their neighbors, sewer worker Ed Norton and his wife Trixie. Ralph and Norton are constantly embroiled in one crackpot get-rich-quick scheme after another.

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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!!This show provides examples of:
* {{Acrofatic}}: Ralph. Just watch his cartwheels.
* AnimatedAdaptation
** The series was spoofed in several '50s WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts. Most notably were three shorts that cast the characters as mice. In one BugsBunny cartoon, caricatured versions of Ralph and Ed are depicted as hungry train hobos who, when they see Bugs, naturally try to eat him.
** TheFlintstones got their start as a fairly obvious {{Expy}} of the Honeymooners.
* {{Antidisestablishmentarianism}}: Alice orders Ralph to spell this word in "The $99,000 Answer", to which this trigger is exchanged:
-->'''Ralph:''' I'll spell it. ''(pauses)'' I'll spell it!\\
'''Alice:''' Well? Go ahead.\\
'''Ralph:''' ''(agitated)'' I'll spell it when you give me $16,000 for spelling it!\\
'''Alice:''' ''(total disbelief)'' Sixteen thousand dollars for ''spelling'' it!? I'll give you ''$32,000'' if you can ''SAY it''!
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ralph and Alice are constantly fighting, but have such a moment at the end of every episode, giving an opportunity for Ralph to say one of his catchphrases: "Baby, you're the greatest."
* BestedAtBowling
* TheBoxingEpisode: "The Bensonhurst Bomber", in which Ralph unwittingly challenges a much bigger, tougher person to a boxing match.
* BroadcastLive: The "Lost Episode" skits from the variety show.
* BigShutUp: Ralph does this a lot, usually to Ed.
* BrickJoke / ChekhovsGag: See MinskyPickup below. After studying almost every popular song in existence, guess what the first song he gets on [[GameShow The $99,000 Answer]] is...
* ButtMonkey: Practically all the main characters, but especially Ed.
* {{Callback}}
* CatchPhrase: "To the moon, Alice!", "Baby, you're the greatest!", "Bang! Zoom!", "Hamana-hamana-hamana-hamana", (spoken by Ed) "Hey, Ralphie boy!", in the "lost episodes" both "You are a mental case" for Ralph to Ed and "Eh, shut up" for Alice to Ralph.
-->'''[[{{Futurama}} Fry]]:''' He was just using space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife.
* CelebrityLie [=/=] CelebrityParadox: A ''Jackie Gleason Show'' sketch (later redone in one of the '70s color specials) has Ralph claiming he knows Gleason and can book him for the Raccoons' annual dance.
* ChristmasEpisode
* CloserToEarth: Originally, Pert Kelton's Alice was supposed to be a shrew, and just as bad as Ralph. When Audrey Meadows replaced Kelton (after Kelton got blacklisted), the character was retooled.
* CloudCuckooLander. Ed Norton, many times, but often...
* [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight The CloudCuckoolander Was Right]]. ...he's right.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Ed again, ''and how''.
* CrossOver
** One of the "lost" Christmas episodes featured Alice sending Ralph out to get special potato salad as she prepared the apartment for a holiday party. During the rest of the segment Gleason returned as his now lesser known characters including Rudy the Repairman, Joe the Bartender, The Poor Soul, and Reginald Van Gleason the Third, before finally returning as Ralph.
** Another "Lost Episode" revealed that Ralph and Alice's Landlord is none other than [[spoiler: [[TheJackBennyShow Jack Benny]]]]!
* DeadpanSnarker. Both Alice and Ed.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: TV Land noticed that much of the scripts were people repeating what they or other people had just said (for example, Ralph: "It can't be! It can't be!"), and created a promo highlighting this fact (calling the effect ''Duo Dialog'').
* DomesticAbuse: Despite what some parodies tell you, totally [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Ralph was a pompous bully-wanna-be, but Alice was the emotionally stronger of the pair by far. In a mix of CloserToEarth and OverAndUnderTheTop, Alice ignored Ralph's impotent threats of violence while Ralph was instantly cowed by dirty looks from Alice.
* DontExplainTheJoke: An odd example that's not the show's fault at all; one episode has Ralph and Norton accidentally handcuffed together on a train, forcing Ralph to get out of bed whenever Norton wants something, much to the former's chagrin. After Norton prepares a cigarette, you can clearly hear a kid in the audience anticipate that Norton forgot to get a match.
* DoubleTake: Brought to a science!
* {{Dumont}}: Network that aired the earliest "Honeymooners" sketches.
* EarlyBirdCameo: In the first Honeymooners sketch before it became its own show, Art Carney plays a cop who gets hit by a barrel of flour Alice throws out the window.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName (Edward Lilywhite Norton)
* EpicFail. The result of any of Ralph's Get Rich Quick schemes.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Ralph and Alice make up and make out.
* FatAndSkinny: Ralph and Norton.
* FawltyTowersPlot
* TheFilmOfTheSeries: The forgettable 2005 film.
* FiveFiveFive: In recent syndicated and cable cast showings of the episode in which the Kramdens get a telephone, some of the numbers are dubbed over when spoken by the characters.
* FollowTheLeader: The show created the term 'lost episode', although ironically they weren't lost, Gleason knew all along that he had copies of the live sketches in storage, he just didn't know what to do with them. Now any time a previously unaired or censored episode of a series is released, it's generally labeled a 'lost episode'.
* GameShowAppearance
** In one episode, Ralph competes on the (fictitious) show "The $99,000 Answer".
** One of the "lost episodes" features the Kramdens appearing on ''Series/BeatTheClock''.
* GetOut: Ralph Kramden says this to Ed Norton virtually OnceAnEpisode, always in a loud voice.
** Sometimes lampshaded with Ralph just repeatedly pointing to the door and/or mouthing the words. Norton watches for a few seconds before saying, "You want me to get out, Ralph?" before Ralph then shouts the words.
* GetRichQuickScheme: A common theme on the show, in which Ralph is constantly throwing away his and Norton's wages on foolish get-rich-quick schemes.
* HairTriggerTemper: Ralph is a classic example of this.
* HalfHourComedy
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Said word for word in one episode by Ralph to Ed before a coin flip. It goes over Ed's head, of course, but after Alice glares at Ralph, Ralph says "Don't look at me that way, I learned that trick from you when you got me to marry you!"
* HerrDoktor: In one episode, Ralph calls on a psychologist to administer "ze truth serum" to Norton to figure out why he has been sleepwalking.
* {{Housewife}}: Alice and Trixie.
* IAteWhat: In one episode, Alice takes care of a dog, and puts some leftover dog food in the icebox. Ralph and Ed find it, taste it and like it, and Ralph sees a money-making opportunity to market this delicious appetizer, tries to sell his boss on the idea... until one of the co-workers who raises dogs takes a sniff of it.
* IncessantMusicMadness: Norton often does this, prompting Ralph to finally yell at him to stop.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: "You're My Greatest Love", composed by [[DoItYourselfThemeTune Gleason himself]].
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: One of Ralph's {{Zany Scheme}}s involves selling frozen pizza.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ralph is one of ''the'' classic examples.
* KitschyLocalCommercial: the classic "Chef of the Future" scene.
* LargeHam: Again, Ralph, ''and how''.
* LastNameBasis: Ralph calls Ed Norton "Norton". For that matter, it seems like ''everyone'' calls him 'Norton' much more than they do 'Ed'...including Trixie who only calls him "My Ed" when she's worried about him like when he's sleepwalking.
* 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.
-->'''Ralph:''' Why must you always play... (mimics the notes of "Swanee River") ...before you go in and play the song I'm trying to guess?
-->'''Norton:''' If I told you once, I told you a thousand times, it's the only way I warm up before I play the piano. A pitcher warms up in the bullpen before he pitches the ball game; I gotta warm up before I play the piano. I hope I don't have to tell you this again.
* MegatonPunch: Ralph constantly threatens to do this to Alice. [[spoiler:Judging by the events in "The Bensonhurst Bomber", he probably could knock her clear to the moon. But he never does, and never will -- the only reason he hit a guy in that episode is because he thought it was part of an act.]]
* NoIndoorVoice: Ralph shouts ''a lot'', especially when he gets angry enough, which is relatively common on this show.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Ralph dreads the visits of his mother-in-law, because she constantly implies that Alice could've done better than him.
* 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.
* PerpetualPoverty. To Ralph's chagrin. Alice isn't as bothered, although she does get a bit envious at times over Trixie's TV and phone.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Ralph is never actually seen driving a bus. Nor, except on one occasion, is Ed actually seen working in the sewer.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: In the episode "A Matter of Record", as Ralph's mother-in-law makes wisecracks about him to Alice, he glowers at her and says, "YOU! Are a BLABBERMOUTH!!!" This causes not just Alice's mother to leave, but Alice herself walks out on her husband as well.
** He even says "Blab! Ber! Mouth!
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Jackie Gleason based the apartment on his childhood home; Art Carney based his trademark of waving his hands before doing anything on a ritual habit his father had before he would write anything.
* ShoutOut
** Ed Norton is a big fan of ''Series/CaptainVideo'', as seen in the episode "TV or Not TV".
** "The $99,000 Answer" shows the titular game show as a parody of ''The $64,000 Question'', which itself is mentioned time and again on the show.
** In one episode Norton says, "[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Dun...de da dunt]]".
* SitCom
* SnapBack: One episode has Ralph being laid off, forcing Alice to get a job. By the end of the episode, things are back to normal.
* StanFreberg: Recorded one of the many parodies of the show -- "The Honeyearthers", in which the cast are all natives of the Moon.
* StronglyWordedLetter [=/=] IrrevocableMessage: The "Lost Episode" "Letter to the Boss." Ralph thinks he's been fired after being told to turn in his uniform, so he dictates to Norton a hilariously hostile letter where he calls his boss JJ Marshall a "dirty bum" and a "miserable lowlife" and that he "ought to turn in" his "membership card to the human race." Ralph tells Norton to sign it "Respectfully yours, etcetera etcetera." Later, Ralph finds out from a higher-up at the bus company that he's been promoted to traffic manager. Ralph is thrilled but remembers the letter so he and Norton have to run off and find it before Ralph's boss sees it. Oh, and Norton ACTUALLY SIGNED the letter "Etcetera, etcetera."
* 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.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Ralph's excuse for not buying Alice a TV set:
-->'''Ralph''': I'm waiting for 3D television!
-->'''Alice''': Are you waiting for 3D refrigerators, too?
* UglyGuyHotWife
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ralph and Ed, naturally.
* YouLookFamiliar: The very first ''Honeymooners'' sketch featured Art Carney as a passing policemen who gets a container of flour dropped on him from the Kramdens' window. Ed Norton would make his first appearence in the second sketch.
** In the crossover Christmas episode noted above, Alice never notices how everyone looks like Ralph suddenly.
* ZanyScheme
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