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Parents' Guide to

The Flintstones

By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Still a classic, but times have changed.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 6+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 16+

Fred's a narcissist and everyone except Fred beats on each other

I remember hating this cartoon as a kid so I decided to start rewatching it to figure out why, and after watching the first episode, "The Flintstone Flyer," I now know why. Fred is a total narcissistic jerk and Barney just allows Fred to abuse him yet thinks he's a good friend. I remember this bothering me even as a kid. Fred beats on Barney, and threatens him with more beatings if he doesnt do what he says. The whole story is Fred being a bona fide narcissist, taking credit for Barney's invention, lying and deceiving his wife which Barney just follows along like a clueless wimp, and then the wives beat their husbands when they find out theyve been deceived. My family didnt behave this way, and even as a kid I couldn't figure out why this type of behavior was funny. I hated Looney Toons though also. I mean I HATED this cartoon as a kid, and after rewatching it as an adult, I now know why. It's detestable. It's not funny, and it's not something I think young kids should watch. No, I'm not a prude, I'm not some overzealous religious conservative, or someone who cant find slapstick funny. But Im NOT going to say a cartoon is awesome simply bc it's a classic, that other people enjoyed. It promotes narcissistic behavior, bullying, being a wimpy friend, and deception and violence between spouses. What's to laugh at? I think it was popular bc of the genuine creativity involved with the creation of Bedrock City, the inventions that blended an ancient stoneage setting with modernity, and I think thats what peoole loved and why we tuned in. I DID like that stuff about the cartoon, but I hated the story lines. So to the graphics and creative department I give 5 stars, but the script writing is a total zero.
age 2+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (24 ):

Playing out like an animated version of The Honeymooners, The Flinstones will amuse adults with its slick one-liners regarding marriage, making a living, and fulfilling the American dream. And kids will enjoy Fred and Barney's action-packed antics, as well as the service/pet prehistoric animals.

Parents do need to know that Fred doesn't deal with stress well; his hot temper can set bad behavioral examples. Also, since the series debuted in the '60s, political correctness is nowhere to be found -- both Fred and Barney can be stereotypical and sexist, spewing one liners such as "whoever said a man's house is his castle was probably a woman." Other terms, like "slave labor," are both dated and offensive.

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