“The Flintstones” debut in 1960

One of the first animated TV series to become a success worldwide

“The Flintstones” debut in 1960

“The Flintstones” the popular ’60’s cartoon series first aired on ABC TV 63 years ago on September 30th, 1960, eventually becoming a hit around the world. Pre-dating The Simpsons by almost 30 years, The Flintstones was the first prime-time animated show on TV,  and until 1997 when The Simpsons stole the crown, The Flintstones aired the most episodes of any animated show in prime-time, with 166 episodes between 1960 and 1966. Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their neighbors, Barney and Betty Rubble, lived in Bedrock during 10,000 B.C. Fred and Barney work at a quarry, and Betty and Wilma were homemakers constantly at odds with their husbands. In the third and fourth seasons, respectively, kids Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm joined the cast. The show was so successful that it established Hanna-Barbera as the largest producer of animated films. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time after The Simpsons. “The Flintstones” still have a large fan base today, they have a cult following that hardly will die out due to their strong impact on Pop Culture.

By Ken Warren, 2018

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