- This article is about the original 1960's TV series. For other uses, see Flintstones (disambiguation).
The Flintstones is an animated TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera's for ABC. It ran from 1960 to 1966 on the ABC network, 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.
Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions (H-B) for Screen Gems, The Flintstones is about a working class Stone Age man's life with his family and his next door neighbor and best friends, the Rubbles. 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.