The Flintstones (1960–1966)

TV Series   |  TV-G   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.


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Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

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16 July 2003 | Sargebri
The Classic Hanna-Barbera Show
This is definitely the show that put Hanna-Barbera studios on the map. After years of producing primarily cartoons for children (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound et ala.), this really became the first cartoon show that was geared for adults, though there still is enough to keep children interested. Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty are all people everyone can relate to even though the show is set in the stone age. And even though I feel that in most cases the introduction of cute kids ruins a show, the introduction of Pebbles and Bamm Bamm helped to show that beneath his gruff exterior Fred was a big teddy bear. However, I do agree that when Gazoo was introduced was when the show's quality began to go down hill. Thankfully, he was never included in any of the subsequent incarnations of the "modern stone age family".

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Did You Know?


William Hanna wanted to do a family-style series, but he and Joseph Barbera couldn't agree on the setting or the costuming. Suddenly, Hanna exclaimed, "Let's do it in a caveman setting! They won't wear clothes, they'll just wear animal skins!" After that great idea everything from then on "perfectly fell into its place."


Fred Flintstone: WIIILMAAAAAA!


Since, the windows of the Flintstone house are quit big and do not have any glass, why does Fred keep banging the door after being kicked out by the saber-tooth cat? He could easily follow the cat's example and enter through the window.

Crazy Credits

First season episodes incorporated an ad for Winston Cigarettes into the opening credits (this version of the opening was removed for syndication). Due to the decision to use a standard opening and closing for syndicated versions of the episodes, numerous episodes have incorrect closing credits. Sixth & last season episode debuted with, The Flintstones: No Biz Like Show Biz (1965) dropped the "Meet the Flintstones" closing credit song, in favor of footage of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm singing "Let the Sunshine In." (a reminder of Fred Flintstone's dream, earlier in the musical program).

Alternate Versions

The original closing credits to the first two seasons of the show are similar, but not identical, to the more familiar version. After turning off the TV from the opening credits, Fred goes off to his room (and Dino hops back into the chair). Quietly walking into his room so as not to wake the sleeping Wilma, Fred closes the cover on the bird's cage in the bedroom and yawns, cross-fading to a shot of lights going off one-by-one around Bedrock as everyone turns in for the night. Fred sets the milk bottles out for the milkman, then puts the cat out, who, instead of sneaking back into the house and putting *Fred* out as in the more familiar version, simply slips back into the house and locks the door before Fred can get in. Fred starts pounding on the door, screaming "Wilma!" "Wilma, open this door," louder and louder as he does, causing all those lights that went out around town to all come back one again, one by one. This sequence, like the original opening, was scored with "Rise and Shine."


Rubble Gotta Get Rich
Performed by Barney Rubble
Written by A. Smith, D. Caddell and T. Barreca


Plot Summary


Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family


Release Date:

1 May 1960



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