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The Flintstones 

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The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jean Vander Pyl ...  Wilma Flintstone / ... 167 episodes, 1960-1966
Alan Reed ...  Fred Flintstone / ... 166 episodes, 1960-1966
Mel Blanc ...  Barney Rubble / ... 164 episodes, 1960-1966
Bea Benaderet ...  Betty Rubble / ... 112 episodes, 1960-1964
Don Messick ...  Bamm-Bamm Rubble / ... 86 episodes, 1961-1966
John Stephenson ...  Mr. Slate / ... 73 episodes, 1960-1966
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This popular animated television cartoon featured two Stone Age families, the Flintstones and their neighbors, the Rubbles. Much of the humor was based on its comic portrayals of modern conveniences, reinterpreted using Stone Age 'technology.' Most notably were their cars, complete with absence of floorboards to allow them to be 'foot-powered.' Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Something old - Something new! But nothing borrowed and nothing blue! A brand new idea - an adult cartoon series! THE FLINTSTONES!...a couple just like the folks you know - except they live in the Stone Age!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flagstones See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(166 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The phrase "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!" was thought up after Alan Reed told Hannah & Barbera creators, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera that his mother was once fond of the long running (now expired) Brylcreem's hair-styling slogan, "A little dab'll do ya!" See more »

Goofs

The bosses of Fred and Barney, both have first name, of George. But their last name keeps changing from Slate to Granite, back & forth, (most like a light switch, turned on or off) throughout season one. See more »

Quotes

Fred Flintstone: Yeah, you laugh. You'll see, Barn, they know me in this bank, they'll help me right a way.
Bank Clerk: Look, pals, it's Fred Flintstone.
Fred Flintstone: Yeah, hi. I'd like to lent some money here.
Bank Clerk: [laughing] Ha ha ha ha! See that, pals? Fred Flintstone wants money. Ha ha ha ha ha!
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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). See more »

Alternate Versions

The original opening credits for the first two seasons of the show feature Fred driving home (presumably from work), along the way stopping to gets his gas filled up and buy a dress for Wilma. When he gets home, he walks right pass Wilma (grabbing the food she offers him), and then pops back into the shot to give her a kiss. He then proceeds to hop into his chair (requiring a green Dino to hop *out* of the chair), turns on the TV, and proceeds to tune in to "The Flintstones, sponsored by Winston Cigarettes..." This credits sequence also featured a different (instrumental) theme song, "Rise and Shine." The more familiar "Meet the Flintstones" opening sequence and theme song were not used until season three (1962-1963). Due to the decision to use standardized credits in syndication, the early version of the credits went unseen for almost 30 years, although "Rise and Shine" is still present as incidental score in most episodes. Turner finally began distributing prints using the original opening credits sequence (in color and on the shows that it orginally aired with) in 1997, minus its plugs for Winston. See more »

Connections

Featured in 'Weird Al' Yankovic: Bedrock Anthem (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Disco Dino Dinosaur
Performed by Wilma and D. Caddell, with R. Smith, E. Smith & C. Ware
Written by A. Smith and D. Caddell
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Probably the most enduring of all cartoons!
22 March 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

THE FLINTSTONES hold a special place in my memory, as I'm sure they do for many people the world over. The series started in Britain in 1960, the year I had my very first job - babysitting for a neighbor. I was just 15. The two kids were total brats, screaming, spoilt, mashed potato slam-dunked over the wallpaper...but I didn't care, I was watching Fred and Barney live out there lives of near-perfection in a world that was starting to move away from near perfection! "Yabba Dabba Doo" must surely be one of the most recognizable cries on earth - WHO would not know its origins from 4 to 90?

The success of this animated icon probably lies in the simplicity of the Flintstone and Rubble clans. Everyone on this planet is part Fred, Barney, Betty or Wilmer at some time in their lives. Events depicted in each and every episode were things that everyone can, did (and will continue) to identify with. They are Mr and Mrs Average and if we all lived our lives and never achieved anything more than the Flintstones we could justifiably be happy. The show supported family values, decency, togetherness, love, friendship, clean living, laughter and it was environmentally aware, socially responsible and able STILL to reach children.

The lives of everyone in the Western World would have been that much poorer had it not been for THE FLINTSTONES. I can't say as much for the two appalling movie spin-offs!


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