The Swimming Pool

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The Swimming Pool
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Barney checks in with Fred, while the latter builds his swimming pool fence.
Production number: P-1[1]
Premiere date: October 14, 1960
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writers: Warren Foster
Directors: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
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"The Swimming Pool" is the third episode of The Flintstones season one. It aired on October 14, 1960 on ABC. It was written by Warren Foster, and produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the series and the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Fred and Barney decide to make one pool to fit both their backyards, but then get into a fight and start claiming the property of both ends of the pool.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Fred Flintstone Alan Reed
Wilma Flintstone Jean Vander Pyl
Barney Rubble Mel Blanc
Betty Rubble Bea Benaderet
Swim Togs and Stuff employee Unavailable
Charlie Michael Rye
Charlie's pool partner Unavailable
Angry neighbor Unavailable
Sergeant Alan Reed
Pete's partner Unavailable
Pete Unavailable



  • Do It Yourself Pool Kit
  • Fred's birthday cake




The scene where Wilma brings Fred's meal by the pool was originally the series pilot pitch under the name, The Flagstones. It featured Daws Butler as both Fred and Barney, and June Foray as the voice of Betty.[2]


The cast was recorded on April 1, 1960.[1]


Decades later, Foray showed disappointment in not getting the role when the series was officially picked up.[2]


The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: October 14, 1960 on ABC

Behind the scenes

  • This is the first of many names given to the construction company Fred works for, this time being called Rockhead & Quarry Cave Construction Co.
  • This is the first appearance of the Rubbles' house.
  • This is the first of many different Charlies who pop up.


Everlasting influence

In The Jetsons episode "Elroy's Mob", a boy is watching a scene from this episode on his TV wristwatch. Despite this, the two worlds would later be retconned to exist in the same universe in the film The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones (although other media such as the magazines published by Marvel Comics had already established that they existed within the same universe).

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  1. ^ a b Adams, T.R. (November 1994). The Flintstones: A Modern Stone Age Phenomenon, page 146. Turner Publishing. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  2. ^ a b FoundationINTERVIEWS (November 16, 2010). "Voiceover legend June Foray discusses The Flintstones pilot". YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2020.