The unofficial animated takeoff of Jackie Gleason’s The Honeymooners sitcom ran for six seasons, ending in 1966. It was the longest running animated prome time comedy until The Simpsons demolished TV records. It aired 166 episodes, and the 1966 animated feature The Man Called Flintstone.
The Flintstones spawned over a dozen animated spin-off series including The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Flintstones Comedy Hour, Fred Flintstone and Friends, The New Fred and Barney Show and The Flintstone Kids. The series also inspired five animated television films including 1987’s The Flintstones Meet The Jetsons.
The series was remade into the live action film The Flintstones in 1994. John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins played Fred and Wilma. Rick Moranis and Rosie O’Donnell played Barney and Betty. The live-action prequel The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, which came out in 2000, starred Mark Addy, Kristen Johnson, Stephen Baldwin and Jane Krakowski.
In 2011 Seth McFarlane, who created Family Guy, tried to bring the franchise to life. McFarlane has said Fred Flintstone was his first cartoon character drawing. He was two years old. Fox gave the project a straight-to-series order. MacFarlane co-wrote the reboot with Dan Palladino. But the project was ultimately scrapped.
There is no The Flintstones release date announcement. And yes, I’ll say it: Yabba dabba do.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
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