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The Flintstones

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Still a classic, but times have changed.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of silly antics, but the focus is on family and friendship.

Positive role models

Characters are politically incorrect and stereotypical by today's standards, and Fred's occasional sneaky ways and hot temper can set poor examples.

Violence & scariness

Barney watches a boxing match on TV; some cartoon pratfalls, but nothing graphic.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Fred often speaks to other characters in a dismissive, derogatory fashion.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Honeymooners-inspired cartoon is an innovative, entertaining animated classic intended to be enjoyed by the entire family. Although all of the characters are good people, the show's language is somewhat dated, which causes characters (especially Fred) to sometimes sound derogatory and stereotypical. Male and female roles are traditional, though Wilma knows how to think for herself.

What's the story?

THE FLINTSTONES -- which holds the distinction of being the first prime-time animated series -- takes place in prehistoric Bedrock and comically explores what Stone Age life might have been like with a few "modern" conveniences. Premiering in 1960 and still yabba-dabba doo-ing on DVD and on TV in reruns, this classic stars Alan Reed as working-class "regular guy" Fred Flintstone, Jean Vander Pyl as his wife Wilma and daughter Pebbles, Bea Benaderet as next door neighbor Betty Rubble, Don Messick as Bamm-Bamm Rubble, and Mel Blanc as Fred's best friend Barney Rubble, Dino, and all of the other working animals.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about family values. Do Fred and Wilma have equal roles in their family? What are the similarities and differences between your family and the Flinstones? How have family roles evolved since the show debuted? How might the series be different if it was premiering now instead of in the '60s? For young viewers, parents can ask questions about the "appliances" Fred and the gang use in their everyday lives -- where do you think animators got their ideas for the funny, animal-powered inventions?

TV details

Premiere date:September 30, 1960
Cast:Alan Reed, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc
Network:Boomerang
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Dinosaurs, Adventures
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 8 years old November 28, 2010
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old August 13, 2013
Adult Written bybigfluffyhead April 9, 2008

The first episode I laughed alot.

This show is perfect. I like this show because it is very funny. My funniest characters are Dino, Pebbles, and Bamm Bamm. They just Crack me up. In most episodes, Pebbles and Bamm Bamm, Dino and Hoppy are always up to something. I wish that there are more episodes than 166 episodes. My Funniest episode I seen was Dino and Juliet. Fred and Barney are always getting into fights. This is my favorite show. This Show includes funny jokes ( Mostly like Barney.)