Little Bits of History

Meet the Flintstones

Posted in History by patriciahysell on October 13, 2010

The "cast" of the Flintstones

September 30, 1960: Fred and Wilma Flintstone and Barney and Betty Rubble come to prime time television. The animated series was the first prime-time cartoon series and ran for 166 episodes. The first episode was entitled “The Flintstone Flyer” and had Fred and Barney avoiding Wilma’s and Betty’s request that they all enjoy the opera. Instead, the guys play sick and then Barney uses a human powered helicopter to get the guys to their preferred sport, bowling.

The Flintstones were a “modern stone age family” according to the intro song. They had a whole slew of modern conveniences – a baby elephant vacuum cleaner, an elephant dishwasher, birds who sewed, played phonographs, typed out letters, or chipped out photographs.

The Flintstones had a pet, Dino, a dinosaur. They eventually had a daughter, Pebbles in 1962. It was originally planned for a son to be born, but the fact that Pebbles would make a wonderful doll altered that. Bamm Bamm, the Rubbles son, arrived in 1963 left on the doorstep after Betty wished for a child.

The show ran from 1960-66 and was followed by many other prime time cartoon series. The next to make the airwaves was The Jetsons who were produced by William Hanna and Joe Barbera (the same creators as The Flintstones) but was set into the future rather than the past. Cartoons continue to be a relatively inexpensive way to fill prime time airwaves. Cowabunga!

“All the modern inconveniences.” – Mark Twain

“To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.” – John Brookman

All television is children’s television.” – Richard P. Adler

“Imitation is the sincerest form of television.” – Fred Allen

Also on this day, in 1975 President Ford dedicated the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the FBI headquarters.

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