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The Flintstones
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On-screen title card for the first two seasons.
Created by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Network ABC
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Distributor Screen Gems
Original release September 30, 1960April 6, 1966
Starring Alan Reed
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Bea Benaderet
Gerry Johnson
Don Messick
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Director(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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The Flintstones is an American animated prehistoric sitcom television series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It was produced by their studio, Hanna-Barbera, for ABC in prime time. It ran from 1960 to 1966, airing 166 episodes that spanned six seasons. Every episode was also produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It was the first prime-time animated series geared towards adults, although its accessibility for the whole family ended up changing the format, thus allowing it to be frequently repeated on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in their heydays. The popularity and success of The Flintstones spawned spin-off shows, television specials, and movies. One such movie, The Man Called Flintstone, was released theatrically four months after the series had finished.

The series is set in the Stone Age town of Bedrock, where working-class man Fred Flintstone and his wife Wilma live; along with their next door neighbours and best friends, Barney & Betty Rubble. Their activities are the general focus in many episodes, with Fred constantly hatching insane schemes with Barney and eventually getting themselves and their wives in trouble. Later additions included children for both families, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, respectively, and an alien visitor named the Great Gazoo. In addition to Fred and company's antics, the comedy of the series also rests squarely on the juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age, and the use of prehistoric animals as technology.

Screen Gems/Columbia Pictures Television, who also co-produced, put it into syndication until 1981 when The Program Exchange picked up syndication on Columbia's behalf. In the mid-1990s, syndication moved to Turner Program Services, shortly after Turner's acquisition of H-B, and its acquisition of The Flintstones from Columbia. In 1998, it transferred to Warner Bros. Television Distribution, when Time Warner bought out Turner and its HB library.

The entire series has been released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.



The idea of The Flintstones came after Hanna-Barbera produced The Huckleberry Hound Show and The Quick Draw McGraw Show. Although these programs were successful in the ratings, they were targeted to children and did not have the same general audience appeal as their previous theatrical short series Tom and Jerry, which entertained both kids and the adults that accompanied them. Since children did not need supervision from their parents to watch television, though, Hanna-Barbera's output had begun to be labeled as "kids' only". William Hanna and Joseph Barbera wanted to reclaim an adult audience with an animated sitcom. While their previous two shows were packages of three animated shorts in a 30-minute block, the sitcom would be produced as a fully half-hour program; a first in the studio.[1] Ironically, though, ABC and the sponsors were concerned if adults would be interested in watching a cartoon series, despite the fact The Flintstones was bought on the basis that Huckleberry Hound and Quick Draw McGraw were enjoyed by adults.[2]

Several settings were considered for the series, including a pair of hillbilly families, ancient Romans, pilgrims, and Native Americans. The Stone Age was settled in the end, as Barbera stated that it was chosen because "you could take anything that was current, and convert it to stone-age".[3] The working title for the series was The Flagstones, but a name changed occured when it went to production, possibly to avoid confusion with the Flagstons from the comic strip Hi and Lois. After a brief period in production as The Gladstones, Hanna-Barbera settled upon The Flintstones as the series' name.

The Flintstones was largely inspired on the sitcom The Honeymooners, which originally aired on CBS from 1955 to 1956. Fred & Barney were both partly based on Ralph Kramden & Ed Norton (Jackie Gleason and Art Carney),[4] while their wives, Wilma & Betty, were modeled after Alice & Trixie (Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph). William Hanna was honest about the inspiration, saying, "At that time, The Honeymooners was the most popular show on the air, and for my bill, the funniest. The characters, I thought, were terrific. Now, that influenced greatly what we did with The FlintstonesThe Honeymooners was there, and we used that as a kind of basis for the concept."[5] Joseph Barbera disavowed these claims in a separate interview, however, stating, "I don't remember mentioning The Honeymooners when I sold the show, but if people want to compare The Flintstones to The Honeymooners, then great. It's a total compliment. The Honeymooners was one of the greatest shows ever written."[5]

According to Brian Levant in his book, My Life and Toys, Hanna and Barbera were fans of the silent movie era and based Fred and Barney on comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.[6]

Although Hanna-Barbera had become famous or infamous for utilizing a laugh track, Hanna and Barbera were originally "flabbergasted" when they were first expected to use one for The Flintstones. Bill Dozier of Screen Gems explained to the two that this was common practice for adult situation comedies. Charlie Douglas was brought in to fit the laugh track where needed (recorded from Elks' conventions, carnival funhouses, and Martin and Lewis radio shows). Both the laugh track version and non laugh track version were screened to test audiences, who didn't find either one particularly different from the other. According to Barbera, it took time to figure out how the laughs should sound, throwing out two of them, as they were too heavy, and found that a lighter one was more effective and hoped that it would only register subconsciously with the audience.[2]


George O'Hanlon originally auditioned for the role of Fred, but lost out to Alan Reed, who kept on voicing the character until his passing in 1977.[7] Reed was insistent on playing Fred in a relatively natural speaking voice, rather than a broad, "cartoony" style, since animated short cartoons rarely used this method of voice acting back then—with the exception of experimental studios like UPA and feature films with more realistic characters.[8]

Jean Vander Pyl originally gave Wilma a voice imitating that of Alice Kramden, but decided to soften her voice a little so as to make it sound less of a mimic of Audrey Meadows.[9]

Barney's voice was provided by Mel Blanc, who initally gave him a nasally New Jersey accent in the early half of the first season. By the later half of the season onward, Blanc used a deeper voice instead. In a few episodes of season 2, Daws Butler (who previously voiced Barney in The Flagstones pitch pilot) briefly assumed the role while Blanc recovered from a car wreck. Blanc, while in a full-body cast, was given recording equipment in his bedroom to provide Barney's lines in his recovery. According to Barbera, he explained that "The easy thing would have been to replace him, but we kept going and it worked. Sometimes we'd have as many as sixteen people crowded into his bedroom and we hung a mike in front of him."[10][4]

After recording five episodes, Joseph Barbera didn't feel right about the series, but gave it another go once Alan Reed and Mel Blanc were brought together in the same room.[11]


The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin. The theme song for the first two seasons was called "Rise and Shine," while the second theme song introduced in the third season, "(Meet) The Flintstones," was written by Curtin, Hanna, and Barbera.


Episode Original air date
1x01 September 30, 1960
1x02 October 7, 1960
1x03 October 14, 1960
1x04 October 21, 1960
1x05 October 28, 1960
1x06 November 4, 1960
1x07 November 11, 1960
1x08 November 18, 1960
1x09 November 25, 1960
1x10 December 2, 1960
1x11 December 9, 1960
1x12 December 16, 1960
1x13 December 23, 1960
1x14 December 30, 1960
1x15 January 6, 1961
1x16 January 13, 1961
1x17 January 20, 1961
1x18 January 27, 1961
1x19 February 3, 1961
1x20 February 10, 1961
1x21 February 17, 1961
1x22 February 24, 1961
1x23 March 3, 1961
1x24 March 10, 1961
1x25 March 17, 1961
1x26 March 24, 1961
1x27 March 31, 1961
1x28 April 7, 1961
2x01 September 15, 1961
2x02 September 22, 1961
2x03 September 29, 1961
2x04 October 6, 1961
2x05 October 13, 1961
2x06 October 20, 1961
2x07 October 27, 1961
2x08 November 3, 1961
2x09 November 10, 1961
2x10 November 17, 1961
2x11 December 1, 1961
2x12 December 8, 1961
2x13 December 15, 1961
2x14 December 22, 1961
2x15 December 29, 1961
2x16 January 5, 1962
2x17 January 12, 1962
2x18 January 19, 1962
2x19 January 26, 1962
2x20 February 2, 1962
2x21 February 9, 1962
2x22 February 16, 1962
2x23 February 22, 1962
2x24 March 2, 1962
2x25 March 9, 1962
2x26 March 16, 1962
2x27 March 23, 1962
2x28 March 30, 1962
2x29 April 6, 1962
2x30 April 13, 1962
2x31 April 20, 1962
2x32 April 27, 1962
3x01 September 14, 1962
3x02 September 21, 1962
3x03 September 28, 1962
3x04 October 5, 1962
3x05 October 12, 1962
3x06 October 19, 1962
3x07 October 26, 1962
3x08 November 2, 1962
3x09 November 9, 1962
3x10 November 16, 1962
3x11 November 23, 1962
3x12 November 30, 1962
3x13 December 7, 1962
3x14 December 14, 1962
3x15 December 21, 1962
3x16 January 4, 1963
3x17 January 11, 1963
3x18 January 18, 1963
3x19 January 25, 1963
3x20 February 1, 1963
3x21 February 8, 1963
3x22 February 15, 1963
3x23 February 22, 1963
3x24 March 1, 1963
3x25 March 8, 1963
3x26 March 22, 1963
3x27 March 29, 1963
3x28 April 5, 1963
4x01 September 19, 1963
4x02 September 26, 1963
4x03 October 3, 1963
4x04 October 10, 1963
4x05 October 17, 1963
4x06 October 24, 1963
4x07 October 31, 1963
4x08 November 7, 1963
4x09 November 14, 1963
4x10 November 21, 1963
4x11 November 28, 1963
4x12 December 5, 1963
4x13 December 12, 1963
4x14 December 19, 1963
4x15 December 26, 1963
4x16 January 2, 1964
4x17 January 9, 1964
4x18 January 16, 1964
4x19 January 23, 1964
4x20 January 30, 1964
4x21 February 6, 1964
4x22 February 13, 1964
4x23 February 20, 1964
4x24 February 27, 1964
4x25 March 5, 1964
4x26 March 12, 1964
5x01 September 17, 1964
5x02 September 24, 1964
5x03 October 1, 1964
5x04 October 8, 1964
5x05 October 15, 1964
5x06 October 22, 1964
5x07 October 29, 1964
5x08 November 5, 1964
5x09 November 12, 1964
5x10 November 19, 1964
5x11 November 26, 1964
5x12 December 3, 1964
5x13 December 10, 1964
5x14 December 17, 1964
5x15 December 25, 1964
5x16 January 1, 1965
5x17 January 8, 1965
5x18 January 15, 1965
5x19 January 22, 1965
5x20 January 29, 1965
5x21 February 5, 1965
5x22 February 12, 1965
5x23 February 19, 1965
5x24 February 26, 1965
5x25 March 5, 1965
5x26 March 12, 1965
6x01 September 17, 1965
6x02 September 24, 1965
6x03 October 1, 1965
6x04 October 8, 1965
6x05 October 15, 1965
6x06 October 22, 1965
6x07 October 29, 1965
6x08 November 5, 1965
6x09 November 12, 1965
6x10 November 19, 1965
6x11 November 26, 1965
6x12 December 3, 1965
6x13 December 10, 1965
6x14 December 17, 1965
6x15 January 7, 1966
6x16 January 14, 1966
6x17 January 21, 1966
6x18 February 4, 1966
6x19 February 11, 1966
6x20 February 18, 1966
6x21 February 25, 1966
6x22 March 4, 1966
6x23 March 11, 1966
6x24 March 18, 1966
6x25 March 25, 1966
6x26 April 1, 1966


Dates are in order of release:


Celebrity guests


Title Number Original air date
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones 1 November 15, 1987
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "The Dabba Don" 2 July 28, 2002
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: "Modern Primitives" 3 January 27, 2006


The night after The Flintstones made its premiere, it was among many shows that debuted in "vast wasteland" of the 1960–61 television season, where they are considered one of the worst in TV history up to that point.[12] Variety magazine called the series a "pen-and-ink" disasters,[3] and critics derided the show for its limited animation, in addition to being derivative to The Honeymooners. Despite having a mixed critical reception following its debut, The Flintstones became an instant success, and was ranked as the 18th most popular television program in its first season; with a peak of 24.3 million viewers in the Nielson ratings.[13]

The Flintstones influenced H-B to make the Space-Age counterpart, The Jetsons (there was a crossover movie called The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones in 1987), as well as the Roman period The Roman Holidays, and the then 1970s contemporary Where's Huddles?. Since 1989, Fox Television has aired animated sitcoms that have been compared similarly to The Flinstones, including The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Among the movies that have been made, two of them were live-action (The Flintstones and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas), having been produced by Steven Spielberg's company, Amblin Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures in 1994 and 2000, respectively.

In the Dexter's Laboratory episodes "Can't Nap," Major Glory and White Tiger get into a tussle over Major Glory tries to get him outside the same way Fred would try to get Baby Puss out for the night, leading Major Glory to get momentarily confused and call out Wilma instead of Krunk, who opens the door dressed like Wilma, which is accompanied by some instrumental notes from "(Meet) The Flintstones." There are also cameos of Fred in "Beard to Be Feared," and Barney and Wilma in "Dad is Disturbed."

Between 2011 and 2012, Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy) was tasked with bringing a new Flintstones series to Fox Television. In 2019, it was announced that Elizabeth Banks had been given her own shot at a reboot. In 2020, a sequel series was officially announced to be in development called Bedrock, which would see Fred retiring and Pebbles embarking on her own career set at a time of the new Bronze Age. It will air on Fox.[14]

In 2014, it was announced that Warner Bros. had begun work on an animated feature film based on the series. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy were announced as writers. Ferrell and McKay were also meant to be producing the film.[15] In 2018, Warner Animation Group was reported as being in "deep development" on the movie, although it is currently unknown if the aforementioned writers remain attached to the project.[16]

In popular culture

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Main article: List of pop culture references to Flintstones
  • The movie Rage! begins with Cal being woken up by his daughter leaving the TV on which is playing the episode "The House Guest," with the theme song and the opening scene of Fred telling Barney he is driving them to the Quicky Car Wash.
  • In the Open All Night episode "Buckaroo Buddies," Bud sings along with a truncated version of "(Meet) the Flintstones," which only includes the first couple of verses and last, and also includes a redubbed voice of a man saying, "Yabba-dabba-doo!" When the theme song is over, he tells his estranged son, Terry, that he likes the episode that is on because it's about Pebbles taking home a stray dinosaur but he doesn't want to spoil the rest. Terry, who is only slightly amused, wonders if it's going to be like this every day, but Bud says not on Sundays because The Flintstones isn't on that day.
  • In the movie Repo Man, Otto sings the lyrics to Black Flag's "TV Party," about watching your favorite shows, but he includes Flintstones, which isn't in the lyrics.
  • In the movie Police Academy 2, Mahoney says the Scullions' hideout in the abandoned Griffith Park Zoo has a "cave-like atmosphere," and asks where Fred and Wilma are.
  • In the movie St. Elmo's Fire, "(Meet) The Flintstones" is played on the sax.
  • In the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Del sings "(Meet) The Flintstones" on the bus, even adding "Wilma!" at the end.
  • In the movie Throw Momma from the Train, when Larry and Owen lose control of the car down a hill, Owen likes it because it's like being in the Flintstones carwash.
  • In the Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode "Don't Touch That Dial," Mighty Mouse is being watched by a kid on TV, who gets bored, and flips the channel causing Mighty Mouse to jump to what the kid is watching, which includes a mashup between The Flintstones and The Jetsons called The Jetstones. There is a George lookalike who drives his saucer car, but it's made of stone and is foot powered, and there is a house made of stone his wife comes out from, but the front doors slide open. He also has a friend who looks similar to Barney.
  • In the Adventures of Superman #441, Mr. Mxyzptlk brings to life a billboard advertising Saturday morning cartoons before turning Superman into a cartoony version of himself to battle a pastiche of Fred called Frankie Fieldstone, star of the Saturday morning cartoon Cavestones, who he defeats by dumping him into the Le Vine Tar Pits. Before Superman does this, Frankie shouts, "Yabba-dabba don't!!"
  • In the Married... with Children episode "A Dump of My Own," When Al cuts off the electricity for the second time to work on his second bathroom, Peggy, Bud, and Kelly drolly sing, "Flintstones, we're the Flintstones. We're the modern stone-age family."
  • In the April 2, 1989 comic strip of Garfield, the opening panel spoofs The Flintstones, with Garfield and Arlene in a Bedrock-like setting and dressed like Fred and Wilma, respectively, as Garfield complains to Arlene that her dogasaurus (Odie) ate his car.
  • In the Family Matters episode "Body Damage," Carl mentions that Rachel broke his Flintstones mug.
  • In "Backwards," an episode of the third series of the BBC Two sitcom Red Dwarf, the first scene is of Lister asking Cat if he has watched The Flintstones and if he thinks Wilma is sexy, which he agrees. Lister thinks it's crazy that they're discussing sleeping with a cartoon character, but then asks Cat what he thinks of Betty. He says that he would sleep with Betty but think of Wilma. Lister thinks their discussion is crazy but then says it's because Wilma would never leave Fred. This later sets up Wilma being on the back of Lister's jacket during the tenth series, which aired thirteen years later and had switched from BBC Two to Dave, although this is only noticeable in the episode "Dear Dave."
  • In The Golden Girls episode "Snap Out of It," Sophia informs an old woman that it's Flintstone, not Flintstein.
  • In the In Living Color episode "Krishna Cop," there is a song parody of Crystal Waters's "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" called "My Songs Are Mindless," in which Wayans changes the lyrics "La da dee la da da" to "Yabba-dabba-doo, yabba-dabba-dee," while pointing at Fred of The Flintstones on TV. She also mentions Scooby.
  • In the movie Adventures in Dinosaur City (aka Dinosaur), there is a cartoon called Dino Saur, wherein cavepeople live in houses resembling those in The Flintstones. There is also a hedge that resembles Dino, a goof-looking caveman who resembles Barney, and a typical attractive woman one could find in any given episode. There is also a walk cycle gag where a dinosaur passes several houses that all have the same Dino-shaped hedge as an allusion to the limited budget Hanna-Barbera had.
  • In the Boy Meets World episode "Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred-Pound Men," when Cory has to be at Topanga's birthday party and help Francis at his wrestling match at the same, Shawn uses "Pebbles' Birthday Party," as an example of how it is doable, despite Cory's objections of Flintstones being a cartoon. When Topanga later discovers what he is doing, she also refers to this episode.
  • In "Episode 8" (season 2) of Heartbreak High, Mr. Deloraine asks his nephew, Matt, how the stereo was at the warehouse he had recently moved into, which Matt replies that it looks like something Freddy Flintstone built.
  • In the Animaniacs episode "Yabba Dabba Boo," the episode title is a play on "Yabba dabba doo," Fred's catchphrase. In the episode, the writing staff of Amblin gets a script doctor (Chicken Boo in disguise) to help with their movie scripts, which includes one for Flintstones. They need help with what happens to Fred will say after a boulder comes crashing down on him after he gets in his car. Suggestions are "Let's rock and roll" and "The boulder and the beautiful," which are turned down in favor of the hilarious idea that the script doctor gives which is just clucking. It happens again when another scene depicts Fred at a golf course and picks up a stork instead of a club, with the suggestions of what the stork says next being, "It's a living" and "It's my job," but whatever the script doctor clucks about is approved. The final scene that will get the script finished, is of Fred standing on what he thinks is a boulder, but really a dinosaur head. Deanna Oliver, the one writer not impressed, starts clucking, but it just confuses the other writers. The script doctor does his own clucking, which sends the other writers into uproarious laughter.
  • In the Sabrina the Teenage Witch episode "Dante's Inferno," Dante magically splits his bowling ball into pieces before it hits any pins, leaving Harvey to say he had never seen anything like that, except maybe on The Flintstones.
  • The Flintstone Flop dance from the episode "Shinrock A Go-Go" inspired the lyrics, "I like to do the wop (wop), also known as the Flintstone Flop (flop)" in the Beastie Boys' song "Intergalactic."
  • In the British film Notting Hill, Will discovers that Anna is signed into the Ritz Hotel as Flintstone.
  • In the Pinky, Elmrya & the Brain episode "Patty Ann," after Brain says to Pinky he should be on his side instead of the oaf Elmyra, he asks Pinky if he has any questions. Pinky proves his own worth by only asking Brain why Fred would knowingly order a giant stack of ribs that would knock over the side of his car every week.
  • In the Clerks: The Animated Series episode "The Clipshow Wherein Dante and Randal Are Locked in the Freezer and Remember Some of the Great Moments in Their Lives," Randal asks Dante if he wants to watch Flintstone's List, a parody of Schindler's List, both of which are directed by Steven Spielberg, and star Liam Neeson, who is Fred in the former, although we don't get to see him in the role. Dante doesn't want to but instead reminisces about the last time they watched it together, and we are shown a scene in which a Nazi-like soldier leads cavemen onto a train they have to push themselves. Randal says Amistad was better. The scene was cut when the episode was broadcast on ABC, but restored on the DVD.
  • In the South Park episode "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants," Cartman is in Afghanistan, getting a taxi which is engineless and pulled by a mule, which he asks frustratingly, "God, what is this, the frigging Flintstones?"
  • In Nick at Night's pop-up trivia edition of the Brady Bunch episode "Adios, Johnny Bravo," they said that the Flintstones shared a bed (although this didn't happen at first).
  • In the film Son of the Mask, baby Alvery switches the TV onto "The Most Beautiful Baby in Bedrock," with a couple of scenes included. The first one is when Fred is knocked in the stomach with an extended plunger while he and Barney hold signs of their kids, and the second one is when Bamm-Bamm throws his playpen around, which gives Alvery the same idea about doing it to his father, saying, "Bam," when he looks at him.
  • In the first episode of The Ricky Gervais Show podcast, Karl Pilkington believes that humans and dinosaurs coexisted, which Ricky Gervais can't believe he's hearing, sarcastically asking if he had got this from watching Raquel Welch in the movie One Million Years B.C. Pilkington continues saying that there must've been a crossover point between cavemen owning dinosaurs as pets and regular people owning dogs, which Steve Merchant and Gervais make fun of him as they are convinced Pilkington was also influenced from having watched The Flintstones. Five years later, The Ricky Gervais Show was turned into an animated series with the same name, and this discussion was illustrated with Pilkington dressed as Fred in Bedrock doing things such as driving the Flintmobile, taking out Baby Puss, and pouring cement into a pelican as if it was a cement mixer.
  • In the Baby Looney Tunes episode "The Wheel Deal," Bugs and his friends take their bikes apart to make a new one for Tweety, with the first choice being one that resembled a tiny Flintmobile, accompanied by a "(Meet) The Flintstones" jingle, but Bugs commentated that it was "too old."
  • In The Sopranos episode "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh," Pastor Bob, a Young Earth creationist, preaches his belief to Tony about how humans and dinosaurs lived on the planet at the same time, which Tony quips, "What? Like The Flintstones?"
  • In the Corner Gas episode "TV Free Dog River," the town of Dog River goes TV free for a week when it competes against Wullerton, but resident Oscar finds a portable TV in his basement which he uses to secretly pay the other residents for its use, such as asking one if he wants to watch Flintstones.
  • In the Hank episode "Drag Your Daughter to Work Day," Maddie says to her dad that when he was her age, people pushed cars around with their feet, which led her boyfriend to make the comparison with The Flintstones.
  • In "The Tennis Match," an episode of the British series Outnumbered, Ben says that cavemen would fight each other to prevent the other one from stealing their brontosaurus based on the rules of Charles Darwin, but his mother retorts that it's something more like out of The Flintstones.
  • In The Cleveland Show episode "Cleveland Live!," the black card on-screen says "December 17, 1989, History is made. America says hello to the first non-prehistoric family in prime-time animation."
  • In the American Dad! episode "A Boy Named Michael," Roger (disguised as Michael) sings what he believes to be the Dartmouth song set to the tune of "(Meet) The Flintstones."
  • In the Modern Family episode "Heavy Is the Head:" Phil makes light of the construction workers running away from a fire by joking that they're quick to leave at quitting time in The Flintstones, alluding to Fred's job.
  • In the Sugar and Toys episode "Devicive," Fred and Wilma, along with Marge Simpson, Peggy Hill, Louise Belcher, and Francine Smith, appear on a chat show called Love, Cartoons & Hip Hop, hosted by Nina Parker, in Cartoon City. Wilma and Marge used to be best friends, and went back as far as "brontosaurus and fries," but changed when she became a "yellow-faced bitch" for putting all her "business" on the street, like sleeping with an African American Great Gazoo, but she actually hadn't. Great Gazoo then pops up and brags about it and disappears (saying "Toodle-oo cave N-words") quickly to avoid Fred's wrath.
  • In the Man v. Food episode "Columbus, Ohio" (season 8), host Casey Webb referred to the pork as "Fred Flintstone food," alluding to the giant-sized ribs Fred would eat.
  • An episode of Lucifer is called "Yabba Dabba Do Me," and a young Jimmy Baines watches the series, mostly from the "(Meet) the Flintstones" theme song.
  • We Baby Bears had an episode called "Modern-ish Stone Age Family," with the bears having gone back to the Stone Age, leading Grizz to make references to The Flintstones and its theme song, although the show he is actually watching is called The Fossil Folks which is somewhat different.
  • In the Grey's Anatomy episode "Haunted," Jules calls a first year intern freaking out and throwing objects Bamm-Bamm, but when the other interns look confused, she responds, "The Flintstones."
  • In celebration of Warner Bros.' 100th anniversary, they made a special short featuring Looney Tunes characters taking a group photo of their favorite Flintstones characters in Bedrock, but this is spoiled by Daffy who comes dressed as Fred and then Bamm-Bamm, even though Bugs and Sylvester were already covering them respectively.


  • "Sam at Eleven:" Sam feels sorry for The Flintstones because viewers will be switching the TV to watch him instead, leaving Bedrock a lonely town.
  • "Home Malone:" While babysitting Frederick, Sam puts on The Flintstones, with the episode being about Barney getting stuck in a mailbox. While Sam watches, Frederick locks himself in his bathroom, and then Sam locks himself out the bedroom when he leaves through the window to get to the bathroom from the outside. By the time they both make it back into Frederick's bedroom again, The Flintstones episode is over.
  • "Feelings...Whoa, Whoa, Whoa:" Cliff thinks Adolf Hitler has moved into his apartment building and watches The Flintstones between 3:00pm-3:30pm.

Comic Book Men

  • "Stash Wars:" When the guys talk about which cartoon background they'd like to live in, Mike picks Flintstones.
  • "To the Bat Cave:" Mike says he would want to base his man cave on Bedrock.
  • "Wookie Fever:" Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, mentioned how his legs would stick out the bottom of the Millenium Falcon cockpit, which called for Brian to compare him to Fred driving the Flintmobile with his feet.

Doctor Who

  • Of the City of the Saved...: In this book, Catriona was dismissive of Baines's novels about Paynesdown District as they gave about as much an idea about the real place as The Flintstones did about everyday life in "Neolithic flint quarry."
  • The Last Dodo: In this book, the Tenth Doctor slid down a Megalosaurus's back like Fred in the title sequence.

Drawn Together

Main article: Drawn Together
  • "Hot Tub:" When Foxxy attacks Clara, the Rubbles' car can be seen driving by the main house.
  • "Gay Bash:" A pterodactyl works a record player made out of rock, saying, "It's a living."
  • "A Tale of Two Cows:" When the gang passes by a destroyed Bedrock, Clara says they deserved it for "having a gay old time". Also when the gang passes by the city, everyone's feet can be seen powering the Foxy 5 van.
  • "The One Wherein There Is A Big Twist Part II:" Wilma is interviewed as a potential roommate. She is kicked out after the gang finds out she uses a prehistoric worm as a tampon. The worm even says, "It's a living," which is what all the animal items would say in the original series.
  • The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!: A part of the movie takes place in Bedrock. Barney, Betty, Dino and Bamm-Bamm all make cameos too.

The Fairly OddParents

Main article: The Fairly OddParents
  • Channel Chasers (part 2): Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda are sent into a parody of The Flintstones called The Meatflints. They live life like a "modern stone-age family" as Timmy puts it, and proceed to work the TV remote in typical Flintstones fashion with a tiny pterodactyl flying out to turn on the TV. Meanwhile, Cosmo disturbs a sleeping sabretooth tiger resembling Baby Puss with Dino's color scheme. They run around the house in a background loop mocking the limited budget that Hanna-Barbera had, with the pterodactyl commenting, "It's a cycle," instead of the usual "It's a living." They then hop into the Flintmobile, and while "driving away," Timmy points out that if the cars in this show are powered by feet, shouldn't they just keep running? During this time, Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda are dressed like Bamm-Bamm, Fred, and Betty respectively, while still retaining the colors of their own outfits. There is also an error as the Meatflints on the TV Guide is called The Turnstones.
  • "Fairly OddBaby" (part 2): When Poof eats a burrito it causes him to release a giant magical fart, the power of which creates several transformations, including Cosmo and Wanda looking like stereotypical cavepeople and dressed like Fred and Wilma, respectively, bashing a fire with their clubs.
  • "Land Before Timmy:" Bogged down with the failure of technology, Timmy wishes for a world without, which is now a Flintstones-like world. The Turners are now called the Turnstones who live in a house like the Flintstones. Timmy and Cosmo ride down a dinosaur's back, with the former shouting, "Oo-ba-da-ba-di!"
  • "The Past and the Furious:" Cosmo and Wanda take Timmy back to the prehistoric era to meet their first godkid, Erg, where people dress in loincloths as they do in The Flintstones. Timmy and the fairies watch the past versions of Cosmo and Wanda tell Erg they're going bowling with Fred and Wilma.

Family Guy

Main article: Family Guy
  • "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Bucks:" While walking in New York set to Flintstones-esque music, Peter tries to lift Meg's spirits by telling her she'll find her hidden talent, when they suddenly walk onto Bedrock.
  • "Dammit Janet!:" When Peter and Lois don't return to America after the plane they were on was hijacked in Cuba, it is reported on the news, with the artist's rending capturing a fat man inexplicably married to an attractive redhead, which is in the form of Fred and Wilma.
  • "Wasted Talent:" When the final scroll to entering the Pawtucket Brewery was found, Peter disappointedly asked aloud what he was going to do now, when the Great Gazoo popped up asking the "dum dum" what he could do for Peter, but all Peter wanted was to be left alone. Annoyed at Peter's treatment of him, Gazoo whined that it wasn't always about him, the "fatso."
  • "Ready, Willing, and Disabled:" A cavegirl carhop tips Joe's wheelchair over with a plate of ribs in the same manner as what happens to Fred's car in the "(Meet) The Flintstones" theme song.
  • "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire:" Peter tells Cleveland that he walked in on the latter's wife having sex with another man, and when playing it out he uses the word "bam" several times as an onomatopoeia. Peter then asks Bamm-Bamm to continue for him by referencing his catchphrase, then Bamm-Bamm asks Emeril Lagasse to take over as he uses a similar catchphrase. Bamm-Bamm is voiced by MacFarlane.
  • "Peter's Got Woods:" When Brian is busy on another date with his new girlfriend, Peter tries to replace him with Barney. We then see Peter at the Rubbles', where he is waiting for Barney to finish in the toilet, so they can go play darts. Barney is using a pelican as a toilet, who makes a joke about his predicament. A sheep later made the same kind of joke after hearing Meg was on her period. MacFarlane voices Barney.
  • "Patriot Games:" Brian takes the same $50 bet on a celebrity boxing match between Mike Tyson and Carol Channing as Betting Freddie does, who stutters the word "bet" like the addicted gambler he was in "The Gambler." He then gets serious and claims there's nothing funny about addiction and tells the audience to vote "No" on Indian gaming bars. Fred is voiced by Jeff Bergman.
  • "Road to Rupert:" In a reenactment of "(Meet) The Flintstones," Meg drives Peter to the Quahog Drive-In, where he sticks his head through the car roof like Dino and then has Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm placed on top of his head.
  • "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air:" Fred and Barney attend the inaugural ball of the Quahog Men's Club, where Fred reveals to Barney that he accidentally caught sight of Betty undressing, who saw Fred, but continued anyway, giving way to Fred's e-rock-tion. Bergman voices both Fred and Barney.
  • "Peter's Daughter:" Fred takes Wilma to Mr. Stoneberg to get a legal separation for not letting him back in after Baby Puss removes him from their house and locks him outside. He had been knocking for 20 minutes and shouting "Wilma!" but she claims to not have heard because she was taking a shower, but he believes that she was simply ignoring him and goes on further about her spending all his money on expensive clothes and hairdos, and not being available for sex, the "passive-aggressive bitch" she is. Bergman and Alex Borstein are the voices Fred and Wilma, respectively.
  • "Quagmire's Baby:" Quagmire is selling a tape of The Best of the World's Wildest Police Chases, which features the police in a high speed pursuit of Fred in the Flintmobile, also carrying Dino, Pebbles, and Bamm-Bamm. Dino pops his head through the roof, and Fred places the babies on top of Dino's head. Fred manages to avoid them until he enters a drive-in movie theater and smashes into a snack bar. Fred tries to escape over a fence, but is caught and clobbered by the police. The narrator finishes his commentary by saying "Yabba-Dabba-Don't."
  • "The Simpsons Guy:" Fred acts as a judge when Peter and Homer Simpson go to court over the Pawtucket Patriot Ale being a copyright infringement over Duff Beer. He claims that both brands are imitations of Budrock, but is in favor of Duff Beer. Fred is voiced by none other than Bergman.
  • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin:" Meg takes a job as a tag remover using her teeth. After she does it, she responds with, "It's a living", with accompanying "wah-wah-wah" music.
  • "Peter, Chris, & Brian:" Peter puts "Wilma Flintstone pearl necklaces" on him and Chris as a key to success.
  • "Emmy-Winning Episode:" Peter hears Flintstones running in Dr. Hartman's office.
  • "Happy Holo-ween:" As the hologram Peter succumbs to his defeat, he quickly turns into 1999 Peter, Larry from Larry & Steve, Homer Simpson, and Fred Flintstone. He even yells "Wilma!" before exploding into ash.
  • "Fertilized Megg:" Peter insists that he cannot bowl like Fred Flintstone, and has Bruce imitate classic sound effects with a xylophone. When he hits a strike, he yells "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!", but has it altered to make it a "legally acceptable sound-alike". Peter later uses the same yell in a cutaway gag in which he's electrocuted in prison.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

  • "Did the Earth Move for You?:" While stuck in traffic after an earthquake, Ashley passes the time by singing "(Meet) The Flintstones," although we only hear her sing the last line, not forgetting to conclude with yelling "Wilma!"
  • "The Baby Comes Out:" When Phil and Will enter the hospital's reception area, Phil hears Vivian calling out for him while giving birth. He calls back a couple of times, which prompts Will to shout "Wilma!"
  • "Stress Related:" Will jokes about Uncle Phil working for Mr. Slate, the latter says he had to make copies of legal documents before Xerox machines existed. Looking unamused, Will then had to explain to Uncle Phil he was a character on The Flintstones.

Full House

  • "Our Very First Show:" The family sings "(Meet) The Flintstones" to baby Michelle. As an homage, the same family members sing the song again to baby Tommy in "Our Very First Show, Again," the pilot episode of Fuller House. Stephanie ends it by shouting, "Wilma!" both times. The latter episode features a side-by-side comparison with the original.
  • "Take My Sister, Please:" Joey impresses Lisa with his imitation of Fred saying "Yabba-dabba-doo" after saying he cried for a week after watching Fred and Wilma have Pebbles, which occurred in "The Blessed Event."
  • "Happy Birthday, Babies, Part 2:" Late for Michelle's Flintstones-themed party, Jesse knocks on the bathroom door for Becky, but shouts, "Wilma!" He is also dressed as Fred.
  • "Please Don't Touch the Dinosaur:" Michelle is excited about her trip to the museum in the hopes of seeing real dinosaurs, but Danny says they have been extinct for millions of years, only for Michelle to counter that Fred Flintstone lives with dinosaurs. Danny has to correct her that Fred is just a cartoon character, who has no neck and uses an elephant's trunk as a shower.


Main article: Futurama
  • "Hell is Other Robots:" Fry dances to the Beastie Boys' song "Intergalactic" which features the "Flintstone flop" line, inspired by Fred's dance in "Shinrock A Go-Go."
  • "Fun on a Bun:" At the end of the episode, Zap Brannigan orders large ribs which are so heavy they bring down the corner of the table, just like when Fred orders some at the drive-in theater in closing to each episode of The Flintstones that used "(Meet) The Flintstones."


Main article: Mad
  • "2012 Dalmatians/Grey's in Anime:" In the skit "2012 Dalmatians," Fred and Barney make cameos as caveman bones in the Museum of Natural Mystery.
  • "Fast Hive/Minute to Flynn It:" In the skit "Minute to Flynn It," Sam Flynn discovers from Clu that the Flynn line goes right back to the Flynnstones, with Fred popping up in a Tron suit and says, "Yabba-dabba-doo! I'm talking to Clu!"
  • "Battleship vs Titanic/Jurassic Park and Recreation:" In the skit "Hey, whatever happened to that guy from that TV show I kinda remember from when I was a kid?", we get a glimpse of what happened to Fred after his TV show was canceled when the creators realized that cavemen didn't exist the same time as dinosaurs and that Dino died. Fred then became "oversaturated" in everything from a preschool show called ¡Yodabba Dabba! (a parody of Yo Gabba Gabba!) and being the spokesman for a hair gel called "Yabba-Dabba-Do!" He then left the business, but returned in 1997 to become a failed stand up comedian, because all the audience want to hear him say is, "Yabba-dabba-Do."

The Middle

  • "The Table:" The episode begins with a narration by Frankie about how families take more than one job, with a clip of a dinosaur clocking out Fred from the third season opening sequence of "(Meet) The Flintstones."
  • "Halloween V:" Axl accidentally gets locked in the library and tries to use an old-fashioned rotary dial phone that he says like it came out of The Flintstones.
  • "The Shirt:" Mike gets a lot of jokes when suddenly wears a Hawaiian t-shirt instead of his usual flannel shirt. After they go on a double date with another couple, Mike complains about all the jokes they made, which Frankie says it's unusual, the same way if Fred Flintstone walked around Bedrock in something other than his "leopard man-dress" he wouldn't get any remarks from Wilma, Barney, and Betty.
  • "Bat Out of Heck:" A whole debate about Fred Flintstone ensues between Atticus and Axl about him walking instead of pretending to drive with his feet, after Frankie calls Mike Fred Flintstone for his caveman-like attitude of being the one to drive others instead of taking rides. Atticus thought it was because they both work at a quarry, while Axl thought it was because they both used their feet to drive. This creates a whole debate between Atticus and Axl on why Fred needs a foot-pedal car when he can just walk to places. Axl says that he does it to use his radio, but Atticus says he didn't have one, although, interestingly, he did have one in the first live-action movie.


  • "Credit Card:" Hakeem enters the Mitchell household and calls the family the Flintstones, as part of a recurring gag of Hakeem referring to the family as other families in pop culture. The scene is also used as part of a clip show in "Girls' Night In."
  • "This Time You've Gone Too Far:" There are a couple of transition shots of two kids in a ride on car making the same running sound effects as Fred.
  • "Definitely Not the Cosbys:" Moesha, who is desperate for Niecy to leave their dorm so she could be alone with Q, she suggested to Niecy that she should use her feet to drive her brother's broken down car.

Robot Chicken

Main article: Robot Chicken
  • "Easter Basket:" In a parody of the Fruity Pebbles commercials, things take a dark turn when Barney steals Fred's cereal.
  • "Yancy the Yo-Yo-Boy:"
  • "Big Trouble in Little Clerks 2:"
  • "Casablankman II:"
  • "Up, Up and Buffet:"
  • "Triple Hot Dog Sandwich on Wheat:"
  • "Strummy Strummy Sad Sad:"

Saturday Night Live

Main article: Saturday Night Live
  • "John Goodman/The Pretenders:" Although more in promotion for the 1994 live-action film, host John Goodman, wearing a Fred costume (not like the one he wore in the film), does a sketch where he gives the Stone Age names of some celebrities, before removing celebrities' names who already have "Stone" or "Rock" in them.
  • "Kieran Culkin/Ed Sheehan:" In "The Heist" sketch, the thief sarcastically asks if he is Fred Flintstein when told he has two use both of his feet to drive a stick shift. When the hacker questions him about calling him "Flintstein," the thief responds, "Did I stutter? Frederick Flintstein."

The Simpsons

Main article: The Simpsons
  • "Marge vs. the Monorail:" The episode begins with a parody of Homer singing "(Meet) The Flintstones" with his own lyrics, ending when Homer crashes his car into a chestnut tree, having only paid partial attention to the road.
  • "The Day the Violence Died:" When Chester takes Robert Meyers, Jr. to court over plagiarism of his creation of Itchy, Meyers claims that this is part of the business because without The Honeymooners there wouldn't be The Flintstones.

Teen Titans Go!

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  • "Double Trouble:" Cyborg is dressed like Fred in a game called "Cavemen and Dinosaurs".
  • "Serious Business:" Mankind was primitive until the first toilet was made, with the worlds of Flintstones and Jetsons representing the before and after.
  • "Intro:" The Teen Titans and their enemy Control Freak travel into the "(Meet) The Flintstones" title sequence of The Flintstones.
  • "Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary:" The Flintstones, Dino, and the Rubbles appear as guests at Warner Bros.' Burbank lot to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Young Sheldon

  • "A Race of Superhumans and a Letter to Alf:" Missy is worried that Sheldon's offer to make her smarter involves brain swapping which she is against because it didn't go well on Gilligan's Island or Flintstones, with "Monster Fred" being the episode she was presumably referring to.
  • "An Ugly Car, An Affair, and Some Kickass Football:" As Georgie is showing Mandy the kids section of Video Village, he mentions they have Looney Tunes, Flintstones, and Fraggle Rock.
  • "A Frat Party, a Sleepover, and the Mother of All Blisters:" Hank says that Dinosaurs is like The Flintstones with dinosaurs, but Connie believes that The Flintstones is just The Honeymooners, which Hank hadn't realized.


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In other languages

Language Name
French Les Pierrafeu
German Familie Feuerstein
Italian Gli Antenati
Japanese 原始家族フリントストーン (Genshi Kazoku Furintosutōn)
Russian Флинтстоуны (Flintstouny)
Spanish Los Picapiedra
Swedish Familjen Flinta


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