Wondering why Fred, Wilma and the gang are turning up on your Google search page this morning? Today is the 50 year anniversary of the classic animated series, The Flintstones.
Back on this day in 1960, fat Freddy and the gang debuted on ABC in what many people considered to be a prehistoric Honeymooner’s knockoff.
The series centered around a “modern stone age family”- Fred Flintstone and his wife Wilma and baby daughter, Pebbles. The Flintstone’s BFF’s were The Rubbles- Barney, Betty and Bam Bam. Other regulars includes Flintstones boss, Mr. Slate, oft-mentioned buddy Joe Rockhead and later, in what may have been The Flintstones “jump the shark” moment, The Great Gazoo, an alien buddy of Fred and Barney’s.
While The Flintstones was originally made for adult audiences and aired in prime time, it later spun off into Saturday morning series like The Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show and The Flintstones Comedy Hour.
In honor of The Flintstones golden anniversary, here are 5 Memorable Flintstones Moments:
Pebbles is born (1963). It a unique story arc, several episodes were devoted to Wilma’s pregnancy and the birth of baby daughter, Pebbles. The show even had a “hospital rehearsal” storyline, similar to the one on I Love Lucy. Once Pebbley-pooh popped out, the show turned more family-friendly.
The Rubbles adopt Bam Bam (1963). Later that year, the Rubbles had the baby blues. While their infertility issues weren’t explained on the show (thank goodness), baby boy Bam Bam was magically dropped on their doorstep. I guess by the stork. The “Little Bam Bam” episode followed the Rubbles as they legally adopted “the strongest baby in the world”. And now Peb had a playmate!
Bewitched Makes Magic in Bedrock (1965). The Flintstones featured several guest voices from famous stars at the time. A favorite was when Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery turned up in the 1965 Flintstones episode “Samantha” (her TV hubby Dick York was also on board). Other celebs that made cameos on The Flintstones included Ann Margaret (as Ann Margrock), Cary Grant (as Cary Granite) and Tony Curtis (Stony Curtis). Indeed the Flintstones had star power!
Fred is Santa Claus (1964) In “Christmas Flintstone” Fred’s temp job at Macyrock’s lands him in Santa’s chair at the department s tore- and later in the real Santa’s sleigh. It was fun seeing Bedrock all decorated for Christmas in this episode. Plus Fred turns bilingual when he shouts Christmas greetings from his sleigh in every language from French to Dutch.
The Flintstones come alive (1994). I’m not going to pretend the 1994 live action movie The Flintstones was a great movie. Yeah, I didn’t really get Rosie O’Donnell as Betty, but the likeable John Goodman was fun as Fred. Still, the anticipation of wondering how Hollywood would portray a live action version of this classic cartoon series made it worth catching. And this movie brought Elizabeth Taylor to Bedrock, so that in itself was an epic Flintstones moment.