September 30 – Happy Birthday, Flintstones!

Posted on September 30, 2015

Have you met Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and their friends Barney and Betty Rubble? Do you know Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm? How about Dino and Baby Puss and Hoppy?

Even though The Flintstones has been off the air for almost half a century now (which is super shocking to me, by the way!), it is still popular and was rated in 2013 as the second Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time by TV Guide. (Number 1 was The Simpsons.)

You want to know why? Check out this or this or this other

The Flintstones was first aired on this date in 1960 and continued for 166 episodes until it ended in April of 1966.

The Flintstones is all about the everyday concerns of modern life plunked into a fantasy version of the Stone Age. (Part of the fantasy is the idea of dinosaurs living at the same time as humans – which of course never came close to happening!) 

Tons of absurd pre-historic technology, such as an instant camera that works when a bird carves a picture onto a stone tablet with its beak! 

Millions of word-play “Stone Age” names, like Sand-and-Stony-o for San Antonio and Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders for Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones! 

A grand mix of cavemen, wooly mammoths, dinosaurs, and split-level homes in the suburbs!

Did you know...?
  • There is Flintstones Bedrock City in Custer, South Dakota, with a train ride and a playground and dinosaur models and a theater with The Flintstones cartoons playing. There is also a Flintstones Bedrock Town in Arizona and several other Flintstones theme parks.

  • Flintstones Chewable Vitamins are definitely one of the most successful Flintstones products...but there are also Halloween costumes, t-shirts, lunch boxes, collectable figures, ViewMasters, dolls, and much much more!
  • Until The Simpsons, The Flintstones was the title holder of longest-running prime-time TV cartoon, AND of most profitable cartoon.
  • Dino, the Flintstones' pet, changed colors throughout the series. Actually, the entire cartoon changed colors—because it was first aired in black and white!

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