A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that sometimes Pebbles' attractiveness to boys -- as opposed to that of her friends -- is focused on. Also, the boys' and girls' activities can tend toward the stereotypical, and there are some minor cartoon scuffles. But overall, there's really nothing to worry about here.
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What's the story?
THE PEBBLES AND BAMM-BAMM SHOW, which originally aired from 1971-76, is a spin-off of the show about everyone's first favorite cartoon family, the Flintstones. Pebbles Flintstone (voiced by Sally Struthers) and Bamm-Bamm Rubble (Jay North), along with a cohort of odd friends and sidekicks, attend Bedrock High. Their adventures generally center around Pebbles' crazy schemes and tend to mix a Happy Days sensibility into the prehistoric world.
Is it any good?
Unlike many spin-offs, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm pretty much follows in the footsteps of its parent show. The episodes are just as thoughtfully written, and the plots -- though they might seem overused these days -- were original at the time and are still fun to watch. And younger kids will enjoy the pratfalls and the silly prehistoric gadgets, even if they have trouble following the story.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what this show has in common with its "parent" show, The Flintstones. How is it similar, and how is it different? What's new in this show? Do the appearances of the adult Flintstones make it more fun to watch? Why or why not? Why do you think entertainment companies like to make spin-offs? Why might it be easier to get people to watch a spin-off than something brand new?
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