The Flintstones

On this day in 1960, the Flintstones premiered. It was the first prime time animation show.

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The Flintstones was about a working-classStone Age man’s life with his family and his next-door neighbor and best friend.

The show’s continuing popularity rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting.  The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted. (Read more.)

Though I didn’t get in on things from the beginning (I was only 2 when the show premiered), I did watch every episode many times over as they were repeated.

And, repeated.

And, repeated.

I can’t imagine childhood (or that of my own children) without Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

I don’t know about you, but “Yabba dabba do” and “Willll-maaa!” were mainstays of my childhood that made a lasting influence on my life.

Fred and Wilma loved each other and stayed together no matter what. They fought and argued, disagreed, struggled with life and disappointments.  But, they never stopped loving each other and through it all they kept their focus.

It wasn’t about Fred.  And, it wasn’t about Wilma.  It was about the Flintstones.

And, after all these years, if you turn on the Flintstones cartoons you will find that they are still hanging in there, still together.

How many marriages can you name that have lasted 53 years and are still going strong?


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