As the 5 o’clock whistle blows at the quarry, Fred lets out a really loud, “YABBA DABBA DOO!!”, and slides down the back of his brontosaurus, racing home in his car, as fast his two feet will carry him. This iconic opening of the theme song is your introduction to “The Flintstones”, a modern stone-age family from a town called Bedrock. After he gets home, Fred picks up his family and the Rubbles and they all drive down to see a Drive-In movie. Hey, how is Dino supposed to enjoy the movie with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm on his head? This must have been the event that brought about the idea for the sunroof in a car. Seriously, who wants to fix that roof every time they see a movie?
When Fred isn’t trying to be a bowling champion, or The Grand Imperial Poobah of the Loyal Order of the Water Buffaloes, he is usually hanging out with his best friend and next-door neighbor, Barney Rubble. Fred can be seen trying to avoid getting knocked down by Dino every time he comes home, and he also tries to avoid getting hit by his newspaper delivery boy, Arnold. You wouldn’t think getting hit by a newspaper would be that bad, but in Bedrock, all the papers are made out of solid stone. He spends most of his time in the “dog house” with his wife, Wilma, because he tries to do something fun instead of what she wants him to do, and usually has to work really hard to get back in her good graces by the end of the episode.
Another thing that gives these episodes some comic relief is the use of animals as household appliances. Whether it’s an elephant who helps them get a shower, or a pelican that acts as a garbage can, you can be sure that they are not happy about being bought into slavery. The animals will usually make a funny remark about how lousy their job is compared to whatever Wilma has to deal with. By the way, why can’t Dino talk if these guys can?
The spin-off series for Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm had to be the biggest no-brainer since Joanie Loves Chachi. Has there ever been a couple who was more destined to be together than these two? Not likely. It doesn’t get any cuter than this, folks.
Originally Aired on TV: September 30, 1960
Theme Song Written By: Hoyt Curtin
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
Have a yabba dabba doo time.
A dabba doo time.
You’ll have a gay old time.