Cartoons, Media, TV

’50th’ Anniversary of The Flintstones.

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Flintstones. The fantastic and laugh out loud cartoon was 1st aired September 30th 1960 and sadly left our screens in 1966, but can still be seen today on DVD or on various tv channels. So to celebrate we thought we would tell you some things that you didn’t know about them.

  • Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first couple to be shown in bed together on prime-time television when the show was first aired between 1960 and 1966.
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  • The furniture in the Flintstones’ house changed in almost every episode.
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  • There over excitable dog-like pet Dino, changed colours throughout the programme, however his main colour was purple
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  • The Flintstones originally held the title of the longest-running prime-time TV cartoon before The Simpsons took its place.
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  • The Flintstones was originally aired in black and white
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  • The iconic ‘Meet The Flintstones,’ theme tune was not heard until its third series.
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  • So the series kept up with its American sporting traditions, The Flintstones was home to several professional sporting franchises. Bedrock Giants, Bedrock Dodgers and the Green Bay Pachyderms all appeared on the show.
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  • When the Flintstones was originally aired in 1960 it was aimed at an adult audience and the first two seasons were co-sponsored by Winston cigarettes. By the third series it was being aimed at children and was then sponsored by Welch’s, who produced grape juice and jellies.
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  • Although The  Flintstones was 1st aired in 1960 an unaired pilot was made in 1959 and was called ‘The Flagstones’
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  • Many of the shows critics believed that the Flintstones was a Stone Age parody of the 1950s US TV sitcom, The Honeymooners, which featured two newlywed couples living in New York. One of the show’s creators, William Hanna, once confirmed the rumour, but his co-creator Joseph Barbera maintained that it was a myth.

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