If your default homepage is Google.com (shame on you for not making it Homorazzi.com) you probably noticed the Flintstones doodle, celebrating the golden anniversary of everyone’s favorite prehistoric family. It was 50 years ago today, Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty debuted on ABC’s primetime schedule and ran for six successful years. The show was sold as an animated version of “The Honeymooners” which was the most popular show at that time.
“Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones. They’re the modern stone age family. From the town of Bedrock, they’re a page right out of history.
Let’s ride with the family down the street. Through the courtesy of Fred’s two feet.
When you’re with the Flintstones you’ll have a yabba dabba doo time. A dabba doo time. You’ll have a gay old time.
Gay old time, hmmm? You never know. Maybe Fred and Barney participated in some down-low action. The characters lived in a fictional town called Bedrock. Originally the show was intended for adults and mimicked the changing times. They showed the two main couples bickering and *gasp* sharing the same bed. Even Lucy and Ricky Ricardo didn’t do that for the longest time. In its early days, the show featured the characters in very adult situations during the commercials. One particular ad, had Fred and Barney smoking Winstone Cigarettes while their wives did housework. How “Mad Men” of them.
Even today, their legacy can be felt in various consumer products. Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles are still sold in grocery stores, as well as Flintstones Chewable Vitamins. They characters have recently been featured in commercials for GEICO and Midas auto repair shops.
I loved “The Flintstones” growing up. They’d be on everyday after school when I got home. The way the writers re-imagined modern day inventions to fit the prehistoric time fascinated me to no end. My favorite character was Betty Rubble. I hate to admit this, but when their kids grew up later in a spin-off show, Bamm-Bamm Ruble became kinda hot. LOL.