The Flintstones (TV series)
- This article is about the TV series. For other uses, see The Flintstones.
On-screen title card for the first two seasons.
|Created by:||William Hanna|
|Original release:||September 30, 1960—April 6, 1966|
Jean Vander Pyl
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
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The Flintstones is an American animated TV sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for ABC. It ran from 1960 to 1966, airing 166 episodes. It was the first prime-time animated series geared towards adults, although its accessibility for the whole family allowed it to be frequently repeated on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in their heydays.
The Flintstones is about the Stone Age life of a working-class man, Fred Flintstone, and his wife, Wilma, along with their next door neighbours and best friends, Barney & Betty Rubble. Later additions included children for both families, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, respectively, and an alien visitor named the Great Gazoo.
Screen Gems/Columbia Pictures Television, who also co-produced, syndicated repeats of the program 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 popularity and success of The Flintstones spawned spin-off shows, television specials, and movies (both animated and live-action). It also 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?, while Fox Television aired modern counterparts such as The Simpsons and Family Guy.
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.
The score 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.
- Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone
- Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble and Dino; Daws Butler filled in for Blanc during episodes 1, 2, 5, 6, 9 of season 2
- Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone and Pebbles Flintstone
- Bea Benaderet (seasons 1-4) and Gerry Johnson (seasons 5-6) as Betty Rubble
- Don Messick as Bamm-Bamm Rubble and Hoppy
In popular culture
- In the Cheers episode "Sam at Eleven," he says that viewers will get mad that his news segment will clash with Flintstones.
- In the movie Police Academy 2, Mahoney talks about Fred and Wilma.
- In the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Del sings the second theme song on the bus. He even adds "Wilma!" at the end.
- In the Family Matters episode "Body Damage," Carl mentions that Rachel broke his Flintstones mug.
- In the Moesha episode "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 (both fake and real).
- In the Clerks: The Animated Series episode "The Clip Show," Steven Spielberg directed Flintstone's List, a parody of Spielberg's film Schindler's List. The scene was cut when the episode was broadcast on ABC, but restored on the DVD.
- In the Venture Bros. episode "Now Museum--Now You Don't", Colonel Gentleman compares Brainulo to the Great Gazoo.
- In the DC comic Harley Quinn's Valentine Day Special, Harley Quinn says, "Yabba dabba do me!" when seeing Bruce Wayne.
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.
- "Batcycle on Broad:" Ming said Mike looked like the Great Gazoo while wearing his motorcycle helmet.
- "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.
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- "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.
- "From Method to Madness:" Former child star Bamm-Bamm has grown up to become a taxi driver. When a bouncer tells Bamm-Bamm to take home another former child star Elroy Jetson, all Bamm-Bamm can still say is his own name.
- "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 in 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.
- "Chick Cancer:" Olivia mentions that she starred with Victor in a Flintstones vitamin commercial.
- "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 and then has Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm placed on top of his head, just like what happens with Dino.
- "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 say 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 Bornstein voice Fred and Wilma, respectively.
- "Stew-Roids": Gina says that Chris smells like Fred's ass. The scene then cuts to Fred, who says that no one's telling her to smell it. Fred is voiced by Bergman.
- "Road to the Multiverse:" Stewie and Brian travel to an alternate universe of Quahog, which resembles Bedrock and has a laugh track. Peter and Lois are now called Rock Peter and Rock Lois and are dressed and have the same hair styles as Fred and Wilma. The word "rock" is placed before and in place of other words as well, so they had rock sex which included Rock Peter rocking Rock Lois up the rock last rock night (which also included a "rockphylactic" in the form of a frog, "Ribbeted for your pleasure.") As you can imagine, Stewie and Brian wanted to get the "rock out of there."
- "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."
- "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream:" The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas is Peter's favourite period film.
- "Burning Down the Bayit": Stewie brags to Brian about how he attended a baby rave the night before, where he dropped a "purple Betty" Flintstones chewable vitamin, which he claims sent him "flying."
- "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.
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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.
- Otterson, Joe (April 27, 2021). "‘Flintstones’ Sequel Series in the Works at Fox From Warner Bros. Animation, Elizabeth Banks to Voice Pebbles". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2021.