- This article is about the original 1960's TV series. For other uses, see The Flintstones (disambiguation).
The Flintstones is an animated TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera's (H-B) for the ABC network. It ran from 1960 to 1966, airing 166 episodes. It was the first prime-time animated series geared for adults, while also watchable for kids, too, having been repeated on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
The Flintstones is about the life of a working class Stone Age man, Fred Flintstone, and his wife, Wilma (later joined by baby daughter, Pebbles), along with their next door neighbours and best friends, Barney & Betty Rubble. It was considered a parody of The Honeymooners.
Screen Gems/Columbia Pictures Television, who also co-produced, syndicated repeats of the program until 1981, when The Program Exchange picked up syndication on Columbia's behalf. In the mid-1990s, syndication moved to Turner Program Services, shortly after Turner's acquisition of H-B, and its acquisition of The Flintstones from Columbia. In 1998, it transferred to Warner Bros. Television Distribution, when Time Warner bought out Turner and its HB library.
The popularity of The Flintstones even after it ended, spawned spin-off shows, television specials and movies. It also influenced HB to make the Space-Age counterpart, The Jetsons, while Fox Television aired contemporary counterparts such as The Simpsons and Family Guy.
- Main article: List of original series episodes