‘The Flintstones’ Turn 50

The modern Stone Age family just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Hanna-Barbera Productions created “The Flintstones” on Sept. 30, 1960, but Fred, Barney and the rest of the Bedrock gang have gone far since then. “The Flintstones” series lead to 11 TV specials, five TV movies and 11 spin-off shows, including “The Pepples and Bamm-Bamm Show,” “Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo” and “The Flintstone Kids.” (MSNBC)

To commemorate their anniversay, Google made its own doodle on their homepage:

And Katie Couric talked about for hew ‘Notebook’:

Fellow Baby Boomers, where were you 50 years ago tonight?

September 30th, 1960, ABC premiered TV’s first animated prime-time series….The Flintstones. 

In honor of the anniversary, some Flintstones trivia: 

It was loosely based on The Honeymooners .. and originally aimed at ADULTS. 

The first SPONSOR was Winston cigarettes. Fred even SMOKED them, but only in COMMERCIALS. 

The producers considered hillbillies and indians before settling on cavemen…the pun possibilities were simply too tempting. Stoneway pianos. Polorock cameras. No stone was left unturned. 

The Flintstones’ BABY was GOING to be a BOY .. but when a toymaker said he could sell millions of dolls if it were a GIRL .. Pebbles was born. 

Barney and Betty later adopted Bam-Bam.

In one script, Fred was SUPPOSED to yell, “yahoo!” But actor Allen Reed changed it to  Yabbadabbadoo — reportedly a play on the old Brylcreem slogan, “a little dab’ll do yah.” 

That’s a page from my notebook.

I’m Katie Couric, CBS News.


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