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.
    • Considering this was the 1950's, the very fact that Alice consistently put Ralph in his place to the point where empty threats were the only response he was capable of was far more than fair. Today, it'd have viewers begging either for Ralph to be given more comeuppance than just being told off by his poor, beleaguered wife.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • In the episode "TV or Not TV", Alice questions why Ralph won't buy a TV set. Ralph replies he's waiting for 3D television, which actually became a reality by 2010.
    • Ralph's failed get-rich-quick schemes included selling low-cal pizza and glow-in-the-dark wallpaper. Low-cal pizza can now be found in any supermarket, while a few companies did come out with glowing/blacklight wallpaper in the 1960's.
  • 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: The standalone 1955-56 series was often soundly beaten in the ratings by The Perry Como Show and received mixed reception from the critics, with some thinking it was "labored" and lacked spontaneity compared to the earlier live sketches. Once it entered syndication in 1957, it began to be seen as one of the classic sitcoms of TV history. The 39 episodes of this series are now commonly known as the "Classic 39".


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