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The show is set in the town of Bedrock in the Stone Age era. The show is an allegory to American society of the mid-20th century; in the Flintstones' fantasy version of the past, dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths, and other long extinct animals co-exist with barefoot cavemen, who use technology very similar to that of the mid-20th century, although made entirely from pre-industrial materials and largely powered through the use of various animals.

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1 The Great Gazoo Stone Age Alien
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 Death of Alan Reed There's only one Fred.
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4 Coffin Nails for Cavemen Only Adults Watching Would Smoke,Too. Yeah Right!
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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6 Same Character Different Actor Mr. Slate, Barney Rubble
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1 By the way, that reprinted Jump the Shark comment starting, "the first two", closing that very long reply, should have been, not "First two EPISODES", but "first two SEASONS". -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on October 27, 2015, 9:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 REALLY needs to be getting away from Seth McFarlane's film, an entire post-original franchise thing and everything about the original and when it boned. The examples quoted from a Jump the Shark poster from the Scottish Site's classic days were some. I think of the show losing its edge as time went on (though final season opener "No Biz like Showbiz" with Pebbles and Bamm Bamm singing to me is a classic; you can have the Betwitched crossovers and most others.) Cheers to everyone,you too shanequia! -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on April 18, 2015, 3:04 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The first two seasons of THE FLINTSTONES are, in my opinion, a great sitcom! The rest of the show is, in my opinion, strictly a childrens. In the first two seasons of THE FLINTSTONES we see characters get beaned over the head with shovels, bowling balls and stuff. We see characters smoking. This was based on the immensely popular HONEYMOONERS that Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows gave us. The third season, is, in my opinion where the show goes wrong for me. The season opens with a silly story about Dino falling for a dinosaur TV star ("Sassie") and then on in it gets worse. A few stories later (Barney invisible) the catchy "Rise and Shine" theme has been replaced by the childish (but admittedly popular "Meet the Flintstones" theme which, incidentally, made its debut in the previous season on a children's record.). The next step is that ABC broadcast the show in color. The first two seasons were broadcast exclusively in black-and-white. A change from Black and white to color was a common shark jumping point for TV in the early sixties.The final episode of Season 2 for me, where the Flintstones REALLY had its show finale. Then the irreversible fate occurewd-the birth of Pebbles. The great Jackie Gleason once said that the reason that The Kramdens never had any children (on HONEYMOONERS) is that the kind of behaviour that the Kramdens exhibited on the show ceases to be popular once children are present. The creators of THE FLINTSTONES apparently released Mr.Gleason's lesson too late. The episodes around the birth of Pebbles from then on in for a while center on the fact that Fred must change his ways if he is to be a proper father. We see the sponsor change from Winston Cigarettes to Welch's grape juice. The first two seasons, if memory serves me clear, featured a lot of cartoon characters smoking. The show is quicky becoming a childrnes program. No longer can it be the sophisticated parody of the Hooneymooners that it once was. Now, do not take me wrong. I am not advocating smoking and violence. I am only pointing these two elements out in the change of "The Flintstones" from beuing a great adult satire show to being a children's program. The elimination of smoking and of violence by Season 3 clearly shows this. Again-the change to grape juice just simply further reflects thisunneeded change to children and families in demographics. The third season featured the final scene of Flintstone smoking and it is done, if memory serves me, in a farewell way. It is in the episode where Fred has to leave with his guilty self. His conscience lights up a gag joke exploding cigar., After that, we longer see any cartoon Flintstones characters smoke. Ideal toys also are sponsors. Then the show by fourth seasaon gets more nausetingly childish and insanse-Barney floating (thrid season) after getting dental gas, a cameo appearance by Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. Fifth season and more and more elements of other extremely popular TV shows and extremely popular 1960s popular culture elements are introducted into the cartoon: Ann-Margret, "Shindig", rock music,etc. We even get an awful episode with Sammantha and Darrin from "Bewitched". Elements of "My Favorite Martian","Gunmsmoke","Bonana","PEtticoat Junction","the Beverly Hillbillies", the change in Betty;s voice,etc. The first two episodes of the Flintstones are excellent sitcom! The rest is, well, basically just childrens fare. But that's just my two cents. Reposted by memory from the late, lamented, JumpTheShark.com:The Flintstones (actual author anonymous) -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on December 26, 2014, 3:42 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I miss you,too, Shanequia! Hope Shanequia's here under a different name.. to Pelijoro's comment that opened this entry-"there was no real angst for any of the characters here"-ever see the cop begging the chief of police in Season 2's "The mailman cometh" on his hands and knees (after a subplot involving the cop-it was an actual Honeymooners borrow of the old "too-hasty" nasty letter to the boss). I think the first poster hasn't seen the first two seasons, though he,too, enjoys the show. It also wasn't drawn like the final seasons or like "Scooby-Doo"(the spinoffs sure were,though.). The earlier were like animated cartoons and there was more angst..see the first season dinosaur racing one where Fred and Barney cry over their bet dino "Sabertooth" losing and Fred gets beaten up and has trouble convincing Wilma of it!(LOL). Shanequia, hello to if you're under an alias..I've been on here as long as you guys.. -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on December 1, 2014, 12:25 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Pelirojo, of course (I'm the "()") I admire Mr.Blanc efforts----pre-1970s,anyway when everything about cartoons went downhill, and not counting the disastrous things at WB at the time, like that inexplicable Daffy/Speedy G. team up. BTW regarding one of my comments, the singing babies episode which wound up a nightmare that we didn't Fred have at first (Season 6, Episode 1, "No Biz Like Show Biz"), was flawed,m definitely, but it's somewhat better than others make it out to be. I have to confess that I am also a closet Gazoo fan... The 'Stones had their various mixed results in those last several seasons (Season 5 had a number of clunkers though also had some experimental and interesting adventure episodes including gangsters stealing a very expensive car (this episode had the ring leader using one of his goons as target practice!), the famous (and SCARY!) encounter with the FUGLY Doctor Sinister (in that 1964-65 title episode, with Madame "I'm MUCH too IMPORTANT to be CAPTGURED" yes, one of the several J.Bond spoofs during the early films's era), "A Haunted House is not a Home" which followed it (the one with Uncle Giggles, to use "Friends's" dialect) and the one that I think is either Season 5 or 4 (it's from 1964) where Fred is not only clocked on the head making him talk like a kid (a rehash of a classic Season 1 episode, "The Split Personality") but the doctor hired is a Ben Casey like evil doctor (complete with "Dr.Zorba" like short size superior) who transers Fred and Dino...okay, you know that plot device (this being "Monster Fred"). -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on September 19, 2013, 1:57 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 OK, (), I didn't say that Mel Blanc voiced Barney in every single episode. However; for a time after his horrible accident, he DID voice Barney flat on his back from a hospital bed. I'd think with a moniker like (), you'd be more admiring of the late Mr. Blanc's efforts! LOL -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on January 14, 2012, 4:40 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm being born. Okay, so some great episodes like when they become singing babies [it's all just a dream] or the can can girls and clown getting mixed up so Pebbles has her own Rocxdkettes and The Water Buffalo Lodge can have their own clown LOL [with Doug "Doggie Daddy" Young gloing form Jimmy Durante to Frank Nelson from "Jack Benny" and "Lucy"], but the show jumped when the kids appeared-no longer was it just the Honeymooners..-but now we get: Sammantha from HB's sister studio Screen Gems [through COlumbia Pictures] "Bewitched" and Darrin [how thoughtful--Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York reprising the superioir live action show's characters], the famous jealousy cowboy episode where a cowboy rodeo star comes over and Pebbles admires him..double jealousy as Fred resents it,and need I start on fairy tale and TV show elements in there? Hoyt Curtin [who went to score "Linus the Lionhearted"] being replaced by Ted Nichols could be called a isher boner by some. BY the way, BrianBuck and Pelirojo, Mel Blanc was NOT even CONCIOUS in 1961 in hospital, so wasn't Blanc. Listen to such episodes as the Barney in drag "Tilly Shimmoshone" or the re-marriage with Frank "Yesssss" Nelson as the clerk--that's NOT Blanc--it's Daws Butler. He did that voice at first for Yogi Bear, and before that for Looney Tunes [a Bugs short "Half-Fare Hare" as the male characters of the Honeymooners, and also as Ralph and Ed in the similiar "Honeymousers" also as WB.Of course with that exception Mel Blanc resumed the voice and DID change it to match..funny thing is Barney didn't really sound like Ed Norton [Art Carney], ["Honeymooners" being the idea for the show] in the first seasons..] -- Submitted By: () on January 12, 2012, 8:44 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I never liked laugh tracks in cartoons. And I'm no fan of canned laughter. It makes the jokes fake. More or less, you're being told when to laugh. A live audience laughs on their own, and you can't help but join in sometimes. It's impossible to film a cartoon in front of a live audience (I'd love to see THAT). And Shanequia, if you're here under a different name, tell us! We still miss you! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 21, 2011, 11:02 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 I can never understood that is why add a laugh track to a cartoon? That always confusing to me as a kid. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on May 20, 2011, 7:41 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Two thoughts: One, the only complaint I ever had with The Flintstones was its use of the most annoyingly phony laugh track ever recorded. Two, is it possible Shanequia is still here under a different persona? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 20, 2011, 2:21 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 They FINALLY have black characters...and it's for the lousy spinoffs. What a gyp! I too miss Shanequia. Where are you, Shanequia?! You were one of the best commentators on BTF! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 19, 2011, 11:28 am - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
12 So is this going to be a brand-new cartoon with Seth McFarlane voicing it OR will it be live action. Robert, my guess is that shanequia may have not bothered with the "Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show" -and I wouldn't blame her in the least. I wish I'd never seen it. BTW, where has shanequia been? I miss her! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 18, 2011, 8:25 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
13 By the way, in response to Shanequia: yes, there have been black people in Bedrock, but only for the spinoff (Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm) and the movies. I recently saw part of the movie, Hollyrock-a-bye baby, and there were black characters in it, one of whom was the doctor. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 17, 2011, 3:16 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 It's bad enough they're remaking The Flintstones, but hiring Seth MacFarlane to do it? Seth MacFarlane, of all people?! Ugh! The remake's not even out, and it's boned already! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 17, 2011, 1:55 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Seth McFarlane to do a reboot of The Flintstones? Hanna and Barbera are turning over in their graves with that bit of news. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on May 16, 2011, 5:31 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
16 Seth McFarlane hired to "reboot" The Flintstones for 2013. I'm now hoping that 2012 Mayan apocalypse turns out to be real. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on May 16, 2011, 4:51 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 you crack me up pelirojo i think you right. -- Submitted By: (shanequia) on August 6, 2009, 5:30 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Good question, shanequia! I guess the best answer to that would that Africans knew better than to live in caves back then! Still, the ONLY good thing in the live-action movie version was Halle Berry playing the sneaky receptionist called 'Sharon Stone'. Believe it or not, they'd originally considered calling her 'Rosetta Stone' but the dorks thought that too few folks would 'get' it! Come on! I mean, Sharon Stone's nowadays is hardly headline news anymore- whereas the Rosetta Stone language software's making a killing! Considering that Miss Berry's character was the ONLY multifaceted character in the entire movie (and someone whose dialogue had more than one meaning), naming her after the discarded piece of rock that proved to be the key to unlocking Ancient Egyptian heiroglyphics would have been PERFECT! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on August 6, 2009, 5:08 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
19 how come no one black ever live in bedrock? this cartoon need some soul. -- Submitted By: (shanequia) on August 6, 2009, 11:45 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
20 Little Green Alien back in the Stone Age that only Fred can see? Nope, that little gem sure doesn't scream "We're Out Of Ideas"! Riiight. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on July 13, 2009, 10:07 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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