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The Honeymooners

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic couples' comedy bears sexist signs of the times.

TV CBS Comedy 1955
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Even though The Honeymooners often ends up on critics' lists of the most beloved television comedies of all time, there's bound to be a disconnect for modern audiences, especially those who can't dismiss the series' stereotypical take on married life as a now-outdated product of its time. Because while Ralph's classic catchphrase might have brought in peals of laughter in its day, his frequent threats to send his wife "to the moon" actually play as borderline disturbing when paired with his closed fist coming swiftly toward her face.

The show is still notable, however, for two things: Carney's five-time Emmy Award-winning performance as Ralph's bumbling best friend, Ed, and the critical role The Honeymooners played in television history as one of the first series to offer an unfiltered look at working-class households of the 1950s (standing in stark contrast to the highly glossed families of Leave It to Beaver and other shows that would follow in its footsteps). It also served to inspire a slew of other sitcoms, some of which still echo its basic structure today.

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