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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 2, 2014 at 11:43pm

The only complaint I've ever heard through the years regarding the Honeymooners is about the yelling and the arguing. 

What's interesting about me, personally, is that I've always hated heated confrontations and yelling and screaming as a form of expressing anger (unless as part of a mass public protest situation.)  I'm much more the reasoned-discussion and diplomatic type.  Perhaps some of the underlining appeal for me about the Honeymooners is that behind all the yelling, Alice, the woman and voice of reason, always prevails and the blow-hard bully is sheepishly and rightfully put in his place.

I certainly don't condone bullying and yelling as part of a healthy family or personal relationship, and I can surely understand the sensibilities of those who have been in that situation. 

With that said, I know I will enjoy the exquisite comedy of the Honeymooners until my dying day.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 2, 2014 at 10:53pm

Comedies that seemed funny when I was young are often offensive now. Before feminist consciousness raising I didn't notice the misogyny, now it hits me in the face.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2014 at 10:48pm

Carl, I like your standing for your favorite in spite of being what appears to be a minority in this string. 

Lke Patricia, I associated all that yelling with my father and his rages that physically hurt, but the pain that didn't show was the mental abuse he delivered for no reason other than his own dominance of power. 

My favorite was Carol Barnett, too. And Dick Van Dyck

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 10:22pm

James, you're not missing anything.  I think the early episodes were fairly clever, but all I hear from the TV when my sister watches those effing reruns is yelling, shouting, whining.  On and on and on.  

My sister is nearly 70 years old, but she has Asperger's syndrome, and her sense of humor is that of a pre-teen. She thinks Bart Simpson (the son) is hilarious.  

Our TV is about 20 years old now, and I can't wait for it to die.  I can't afford to buy another one, and I won't miss it at all.

Comment by James M. Martin on June 2, 2014 at 9:46pm

Not normally a Simpsons watcher, or anything animated for that matter. Sorry.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 2, 2014 at 9:17pm

OK, I'm here to defend the Honeymooners, which has been an all time favorite of mine since childhood.  I own the "Classic 39" episodes on DVD so I can watch them at any time.  In addition to the visual physical comedy of Jackie Gleason, the interactions between Gleason and Art Carney are pure comedy gold. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 2, 2014 at 5:30pm

Make that a third!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2014 at 5:26pm

Whoa, someone else who didn't love Lucy?!?  EEEEEEK!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 5:20pm

James, "D'oh" is the way Homer Simpson pronounces his exclamation.  It doesn't necessarily mean, "Duh, I (or you) did something stupid."  He uses it constantly for everything.  Pain, surprise, shock...

My Aspie sister watches "The Simpsons" reruns every effing night, and I have to go into my room, shut the door, and put on a soothing CD.  It's all about Homer yelling about something... always. 

Nobody ever understood why I hated "Lucy" and "the Honeymooners" back in the '50s....same reason.  People yelling at each other over everything. 

Comment by James M. Martin on June 2, 2014 at 1:58pm

Minor cavil with the Simpsons illo, Flying Atheist. Whatever happened to the "old" spelling: Duh! When a mentally challenged person says something obvious, we say, "Duh!" ("D'oh" is not only awkwardly spelled, its pronunciation sound like mention of a play putty or what you roll out to make a pie shell.)

 

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