CVTA US Animated - "The Flintstones" (Hanna-Barbera/Screen Gems/ABC) (1960-66)

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The Flintstones (1960-66)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Tom Alger
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)

The Flintstones (season 1) (ABC) (1960-61)
The Flintstones (season 2) (ABC) (1961-62)
The Flintstones (season 3) (ABC) (1962-63)
The Flintstones (season 4) (ABC) (1963-64)
The Flintstones (season 5) (ABC) (1964-65)
The Flintstones (season 6) (ABC) (1965-66)
The Flintstones - TV Movies & Specials
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THE FLINTSTONES
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Hanna-Barbera Production / Screen Gems
for ABC
US Animated series 1960-66 166 episodes x 25 min 6 seasons
Starring the voices of:
Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone
Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble
Bea Benaderet as Betty Rubble (1960-64)
Gerry Johnson as Betty Rubble (1964-66)
Occasionally:
Don Messick as Bamm Bamm Rubble (1963-66)
Harvey Korman as The Great Gazoo (1965-66)

Background/Premise:
Until the advent of "The Simpsons," the most (and only) popular prime time cartoon was "The Flintstones."
"The Flintstones" has been described as a prehistoric, cartoon version of "The Honeymooners." (Whether
the show was an intentional copy of "The Honeymooners" is still in contention.) Fred Flintstone (approx.
Ralph Kramden) worked in a rock quarry moving boulders with his brontosaurus-powered crane. Barney Rubble
(approx. Ed Norton) was the Flintstone's neighbor and, in one of "The Flintstones" greatest mysteries,
seemed to have no permanent job. Wilma Flintstone (approx. Alice Kramden) was Fred's wife, while Betty
Rubble (approx. Trixie Norton) was Barney's. Both Wilma and Betty were housewives. The Flintstone household
also had a pet dinosaur named Dino. In later years of the show, the Flintstone's had a daughter, Pebbles,
while the Rubbles adopted Bamm Bamm, the son abandoned on their doorstep.

All household appliances were animal powered, while Fred started and stpoped his car using his feet. Often
an appliance made some comment to the TV audience about its situation or events going on in the show.

The show mixed enough adult humor and current references into the slapstick to make the show entertaining
to both children and adults. The show's enduring popularity is shown by the number of Saturday spinoff
cartoons and the products marketed using the Flintstones name or picture (e.g., vitamins). The show has
also been referred to in and spoofed by "The Simpsons," which in the 1996-97 season surpassed "The Flintstones"
in number of episodes produced.

Like "I Love Lucy" and "Gilligan's Island," "The Flintstones" is one of the most popular shows in the world today,
nearly forty years after the first appearance, and it's been said that the show is on the air somewhere in the
world every minute of the day.

"The Flintstones" was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and presented by ABC. Hanna-Barbera's distributor,
Screen Gems, was later added in the credits as a presenter, too.

All episode were produced and directed by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna, with one or the other listed first.

The theme song, "(Meet) the Flintstones," was written by William Hanna,
Joseph Barbera (words), and Hoyt Curtin (music). Curtin also was music director for "Jonny Quest" (1964).

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