* FairForItsDay: 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.
* HilariousInHindsight
** 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 [[ItWillNeverCatchOn low-cal pizza]] as one of his futile get-rich-quick schemes.
* HollywoodHomely: 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.
* HumorDissonance: "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 TearJerker 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.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Considering that it was one of the earliest television series at all, let alone a popular and successful one, it [[UrExample paved the way]] for nearly every DomCom that would run everything that made it unique into the ground, from the leads being a bumbling husband and [[WomenAreWiser snarky wife]], to the [[WackyGuy wacky neighbor]] to [[ContrivedCoincidence a perfectly-timed misunderstanding would lead to 30 minutes of hijinks]], et al. The worst offender was easily ''TheFlintstones'', essentially [[RecycledInSpace an all-caveman remake]] which is arguably [[TheWeirdAlEffect 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 (TheHaysCode 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.
* TearJerker: 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.
* ValuesDissonance: 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.
* VindicatedByReruns: Not until it went into syndication did people recognize ''The Honeymooners'' as one of ''the'' classic sitcoms of TV history.
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