Way back in 1960 on a Friday night the whole family gathered around the Phillips console TV and tuned in to an American milestone in television history.
The Simpsons? Bonanza? The Honeymooners? Not. I’m talking the Flintstones and for over 50 years the wacky gang from Bedrock has stamped its indelible footprint on the small screen. Footprint meaning Fred’s size 13’s that propelled his classic prehistoric car.
Based on the class Honeymooners black and white sitcom, Fred played Ralph Kramden to perfection, in a stone-age kind of way. Throw in dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers and a wooly bear mammoth appliance or two along with neighbors Barney and Betty, and you couldn’t find a better situation comedy for the ages.
The fantasy animated comedy morphed viewers from the prehistoric to the 20th century. Split level caves, stone-age drive-thru burger joints, a dishwasher powered by a mastodon and rock phones with wise-guy squawking birds. It was suburbia without industrialized culture.
The series also transported modern-day stars back in history.
Ann Margrock, she sang, she danced and she was the sexiest cave-girl around and that includes Raquel Welch in “One Million Years BC.”
Ed Sullystone, introducing Fred a singing teenage sensation right here on our shew.
Rock Quarry, the prototype for Rock Hudson and the biggest star in Hollyrock.
And of course, Stoney Curtis, shooting a “Spartacus” movie in Bedrock. Wilma wins Stoney for a day in a television sweepstakes and the flint flies between a suave Stoney and a jealous Fred.
Cary Granite was another good one. He could park his whatever; they didn’t wear shoes, under Betty Rubble’s rock hard bed anytime.
Ass in to the mix of Flintstone culture Flintstone's Vitamins, (Betty still isn’t a Gummy Bear vitamin), a couple of real life movies, (Poor Betty, Rosie O’Donnell played her in the movie), metal lunch boxes and a couple of cereal products and the Flintstones became the modern stone-age family. Oh yeah, I almost forgot Flintstone’s ice cream push-ups.
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