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:
  • 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.