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Mr Magic
One of my all-time favorite cartoons. How does Wilma put up with Fred? He's not a man of honesty and maturity at times.


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mickyarber
I never was a huge fan actually.  But...I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I liked the Pebbles and Bamm Bamm show.  I watched it when they showed it as part of USA Cartoon Express at 6pm on weeknights in the late 80's or early 90's.  I remember they used to show it right after Laugh-a-lympics.
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eddstarr
Relax, I'm not going to bore ya with another looong story.

I just want to say that The Flintstones is so old that it goes back to a time when the three major networks, NBC, ABC and CBS, only ran a part-time broadcast schedule. In 1960 some markets would be "off-air" for most of the day.

ABC was always in 3rd place when compared to its bigger rivals so it was always looking for unique programs to offer viewers that might steal some market share from the big boys. Enter Hanna-Barbera with the crazy idea of a "prime-time animated TV series" for the 1960 television season.

Everyone knows The Flintstones but I was stunned to see the Original 1960 Intro and Closing credits on YouTube. I was only 3 years old at the time but I've never forgotten that catchy music while Fred drove like a crazy man in a hurry to get home, lol. 



Now here's a real treat, the Original 1960 Closing credits. The Flintstones was originally sponsored by Phillip Morris so the first closing sequence was a fade from the Phillip Morris cigarette ads that paid for the whole series. Never thought I would see Fred yelling for Wilma and waking up all the neighbors again.



Remember, that first season of The Flintstones was unique in the draw styling and voice acting. Nothing was set as far as production standards were concerned. For H-B, the hope was just to survive for as long as possible. Good thing the show was a big hit.

Here's a clip where Wilma and Betty get back at the boys for trying to keep their latest money making scheme a secret from both of them. Seems like every episode was the girls teaching the boys a lesson, lol.

Don't overlook the music on The Flintstones. Some of the best episodes have memorable songs that make this cartoon a lot of fun for kids of all ages.


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Mr Magic
Nothing boring about this, edd.

You're right, there were memorable music moments from the series like The Twitch, Ann Margret (Or should I say Margrock lol) doing her man-bashing song, and my personal favorite...


Great, spirited rendition, Fred. I love it when those girls, faint lol. 
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eddstarr
Ha! That was cool. 

The Flintstones ran for so many years that there's plenty of special moments to choose from.

Here's something very special, I wonder if you remember this one. The 1960's made quite an impression on the show and popular music made numerous episodes special. My favorite was the Beau Brummelstones singing "Laugh Laugh".

This is an awesome 60's tune and Hanna Barbera got Wilma and Betty to help spread the word. Catch the lyrics - this is one of the outstanding songs of that decade. This is what made The Flintstones cartoon Gold:


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Mr Magic
The clip that got me into "Laugh, Laugh".

One of the golden comedic moments from The Flintstones. The dancing girls. Man, they were everywhere lol.


Note: Try to control your enthusiasm, cartoon female lovers.
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