YMMV / The Honeymooners

  • Fair for Its Day: The threats of domestic violence would be pretty horrifying and sexist to modern audiences, but the way the show handled it was pretty empowering to women for the time. The threat was completely empty, Alice knew it was, and always treated it with boredom. The fact that Ralph always made the threat in response to her snarky comments showed that this relationship was not quite one-sided as it would otherwise imply.
    • The TV biopic Gleason took time to make this clear, as during their first rehearsal together Audrey Meadows acts afraid of Ralph, and Gleason tells her she has to show she isn't for the joke to work.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • In the episode 'TV or Not TV' Alice questions why Ralph won't buy a TV, Ralph replies he's waiting for 3-D TV. UH, Ralph...dont go into any Best Buy stores anytime soon....
    • Ralph once tried to market low-cal pizza as one of his futile get-rich-quick schemes.
  • Hollywood Homely: Gleason wanted a plain-looking woman and initially rejected Audrey Meadows as "too pretty." She went home, put on old clothes and messed up her hair and make-up and returned to the studio. Gleason hired her on the spot. In the actual show she was always fresh-from-the-stylist perfect, though.
  • Humor Dissonance: "Six Months to Live" certainly has a touch of this. While we are supposed to find uproarious humor in Ralph believing he is dying, the letter he reads could easily double as a Tear Jerker for any dog owner.
  • Narm: Occurs in-universe when Ralph gets a role in commercial for Choosy Chews candy bars and tries to emphasize his delight with the candy by saying "Yummy yum yum", which to everyone beside him sounds either silly or plain ridiculous.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Considering that it was one of the earliest television series at all, let alone a popular and successful one, it paved the way for nearly every Dom Com that would run everything that made it unique into the ground, from the leads being a bumbling husband and snarky wife, to the wacky neighbor to a perfectly-timed misunderstanding would lead to 30 minutes of hijinks, et al. The worst offender was easily The Flintstones, essentially an all-caveman remake which is arguably still more popular today than this show.
    • The show is considered groundbreaking for being one of the first instances of film or television to portray marriage in a negative way (The Hays Code strictly forbid it at the time). Nowadays, it's hard to imagine any sitcom where the married leads aren't in a love/hate relationship.
  • Something Completely Different / Darker and Edgier: "Trapped." The plot deals with Ralph witnessing a bank robbery, nearly getting murdered, and later being held hostage along with Alice and Norton in the apartment. There were understandably many fewer laughs in this episode than any of the others, and even several instances of Nightmare Fuel. It remains a vastly unpopular episode with fans, and is subjected to Fanon Discontinuity.
  • Tear Jerker: The episode in which Ralph and Alice adopt a baby, only to discover that a week later the mother wants the baby back. Ralph is visibly broken up about the revelation.
  • Values Dissonance: Okay, "To the moon, Alice!" was never meant seriously, but there is no way a modern Sitcom husband could get away with even an empty threat of domestic violence.
  • Vindicated by Reruns: Not until it went into syndication did people recognize The Honeymooners as one of the classic sitcoms of TV history.