The Flintstones

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Still a classic, but times have changed.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byoneandonly August 13, 2013

Give us all a break

I think middle class americans worry too much about absolutely nothing. It's the Flintstones for goodness sake. Must you protect them from everything? Even... Continue reading
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 episode... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 13, 2013
Kid, 8 years old November 28, 2010

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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