The Flintstones

American cartoon series

The Flintstones, a Hanna-Barbera animated series, is one of the most successful animated television series of all time, originally running in American prime time for six seasons, from 1960 to 1966, on the ABC network.


1.13 The Drive-InEdit

  • Wilma Flintstone, Betty Rubble: [singing] Here we come / On the run / With a burger on a bun / And a dab of coleslaw on the side / Oh, your tastes we will tickle / With a cold dill pickle / And all of our potatoes are French fried, fried, fried / Our burgers can't be beat / Cuz we grind our own meat / Grind, grind, grind, grind, grind!
  • [BOOM!]
  • Wilma Flintstone, Betty Rubble: Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble... / Are to blame for all our trouble...
  • [spoken]
  • Wilma Flintstone, Betty Rubble: And if they think that we'll forget...
  • [sung]
  • Wilma Flintstone, Betty Rubble: They're outta their mind, mind, mind, mind, mi-i-ind!

Explanation: Fred and Barney deceide to go into business for themselves by operating a drive in restaurant; however they make the mistake of not telling their wives-which is why the girls are so angry at them; {Note in one episode 4.13 ""Daddies Anonymous" when Fred and Barney are supposed to be out walking their children in baby carraiges but spend their time gambling and are arrested by the police; in their jail cell fred tells Barney the girls will take them six to eight months!}

1.19 The Hot PianoEdit

{Fred wants to but a piano for Wilma for their 10th wedding anniversary, but tells the salesman he only has $50.00)

  • Salesman: For that amount you can buy the piano stool

Note Barney plays the shows theme song "Meet the flintstones" on drums in music store; the stone piano later appears in BArney's house in "Rooms for Rent"]

1.23 The Astra nutsEdit

{Fred and Barney accidentally sign up for a three-year hitch in the army!]

  • General: Congratulations you just broke the record for going over the hill...3 minutes and 25 seconds![Fred and Barney try to run away after signing up.]
  • General: Are You crazy? I know a lot of GIs who would love to put a sergeant into orbit!

{Vols are needed for Dr. Pebblschmit's outer space capsule; sergeant tries to con general into becoming a volunteer; Naturally Fred and Barney Volunteer!} Fred thinks he and Barney are being complimented on their mission. The other recruits hold their hats over their hearts and a bugler plays "Taps".}

1.24 The long Long weekendEdit

  • Gus Gravel: I never should have bet the payroll on that fifth Race

{explantion; Gravel Hotel staff {Bellhop; maid; Cook} quit after he hasn't payed them in weeks; Gus cons Fred, Barney and their wives into working as staff--when a big convention fills the Hotel! {first appearance of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes}Gravel later appears as a gangsters Henchman in 5.17 Fred Second Car}

1.26 The Good ScoutEdit

After Wilma sees Fred in Scout master uniform:

  • Wilma: "..I thought the army had hit the bottom of the barrel."

1.27 room for rentEdit

"Betty: "Men like our figures before marriage, but not afterward." {A Pun joke of household Checking account figures [!]

2.4 Alvin Brickrock PresentsEdit

Fred to neighbor Alvin Brickrock on using the telephone:

  • Fred: Okay but don't forget to reverse the charges on your alabi
  • Alvin: Of Course

2.25 This is Your Life SaverEdit

[Fred and Wilma are not seen; only a sundial with a moving shadow of the days of the week Mon-Thursday]

  • Fred: Wilma, where's the sport section of the newspaper?
  • Wilma: I think Mr. Gypsum took it.
  • Fred: Wilma, where's the last bottle of Rocky Cola I was saving?
  • Wilma: I think Montague took it.
  • Fred: Wilma, where's that magazine I was reading?
  • Wilma: I think Monty took it.
  • Fred: Oh, Wilma, where's that bottle of rat poison?
  • Wilma: FRED, YOU CAN'T!
  • Fred:WELL, He'S TAKEN Everything ELSE!!!!

Note:The figure of con artist J. Montague Gypsum was in an earlier Flintstone cartoon "The Monster from the Tar Pits" 1/6 as a movie director who dupes Fred into being a stunt double for movie star "Cary Granite" [a spoof of Cary Grant] Granite was later reused twice more as Private Invesitgator Perry Gunnite in "Love Letters on the Rocks" 1/21 and as actor Larry Lava in "Hawaiian Escapade" 3/10; the theme of fred being a stunt man/monster in a movie is resued in 4.24 "Son of Rockzilla"

4.14 Peek A Boo CameraEdit

  • TV Host : Hi, Peek-a-Boo fans! As you know, last week was one of our funniest shows, and we've received thousands of letters asking us to repeat it! [chuckles]%
  • Fred: Oh, no; they're repeating it!
  • TV Host: So, tonight, we'll show some of the funniest scenes from...the bachelor party!
  • Wilma: Fred!
  • Betty: Barney!
  • Wilma: Why, they told us they're going to a...FRED FLINTSTONE!

{This is a retelleing of episode "The flintstone Flyer" 1/1 where Fred and Barney try to trick their wives so they wont have go to the Opera!}

Repeated quotesEdit

Fred: Yabba Dabba Doo! Push Him Out Push Him Out Way Out Shows A Big Win Close Your Mouth YOW! Why You Crazy? This Is WILMA! What Say i Dare Being On Television Instead Of Being Here Making Dinner How Many Times Have I Told You a Woman's Place Is In a Home Go Ahead Explain Why You Were Cooking My Dinner On TV

Barney: Gee, I don't know Fred. YEEEEEEOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!

Bamm-Bamm: BAM!

Appliance animal: It's a living.

Original SeriesEdit

Wilma and Betty: Melville J. Muchrocks is a crook.
Fred: Muchrocks a crook? Are you sure?
Wilma: Absolutely, he's wanted by the police.
Betty: We heard him described to a T.
Fred: Wilma, do you know where they went?
Wilma: They said they were going to the amusement park and then to dinner. Oh my poor mother.
Fred: Don't you worry sweetheart, you leave it to me. Barney.
Barney: Yeah Fred?
Fred: C'mon, let's go.
Barney: Right Fred.
Fred: You ever play football, Barney?
Barney: Yeah Fred, why?
Fred: Because you're going to run interference while I intercept a proposal.

Barney: Frederick! Frederick! I HATE FREDERICK!!!!

Wilma: I work hard all day, too, and what do I get? A lot of yak from you. You at least get out everyday, see things, talk to people. I never get out of this cave.

Fred: Where's your get up and go?
Barney: It just got up and went.

Fred: I love my dear sweet mother in-law. My mother in-law is a doll.
Attendant: Are you feeling alright, mister?
Fred: Huh? Yeah. Yeah, I'm okay.
Attendant: Good. Good. You just stay in here and rest. That hot sun out there is a killer.
Fred: Poor guy, he must have been standing in it for hours.

Fred: Yeah, you laugh. You'll see, Barn, they know me in this bank, they'll help me right a way.
Bank Clerk: Look, pals, it's Fred Flintstone.
Fred: Yeah, hi. I'd like to lent some money here.
Bank Clerk: Ha ha ha ha! See that, pals? Fred Flintstone wants money. Ha ha ha ha ha!

Betty: Sometimes I just don't know what's the matter with men.
Barney: That's easy - you women!

Fred: How can you be so stupid?
Barney: Hey, that's not very nice. Say you're sorry.
Fred: I'm sorry you're stupid.

Wilma: Barney hasn't hit him yet.
Betty: Barney couldn't hit the floor with his hat!

About The FlintstonesEdit

  • Here we were with a brand new thing that had never been done before, an animated prime-time television show. So we developed two storyboards; one was they had a helicopter of some kind and they went to the opera or whatever, and the other was Fred and Barney fighting over a swimming pool. So I go back to New York with a portfolio and two half-hour boards. And no-one would even believe that you'd dare to suggest a thing like that, I mean they looked at you and they'd think you're crazy. But slowly the word got out, and I used the presentation which took almost an hour and a half. I would go to the other two boards and tell them what they did, and do all the voices and the sounds and so-on, and I'd stagger back to the hotel and I'd collapse. The phone would ring like crazy, like one time I did Bristol-Myers, the whole company was there. When I got through I'd go back to the hotel the phone would ring and say "the president wasn't at that meeting, could you come back and do it for him." So I had many of those, one time I had two agencies, they'd fill the room I mean God about 40 people, and I did this whole show. I got to know where the laughs were, and where to hit it, nothing; dead, dead, dead. So one of the people at Screen Gems said "This is the worst, those guys...." he was so angry at them. What it was, was that there were two agencies there, and neither one was going to let the other one know they were enjoying it. But I pitched it for eight straight weeks and nobody bought it. So after sitting in New York just wearing out, you know really wearing out. Pitch, pitch, pitch, sometimes five a day. So finally on the very last day I pitched it to ABC, which was a young daring network willing to try new things, and bought the show in 15 minutes. Thank goodness, because this was the very last day and if they hadn't bought it I would have taken everything down, put it in the archives and never pitched it again. Sometimes I wake up in a cold-sweat thinking this is how close you get to disaster.
    • Joseph Barbera Leonard Moltan interviews Joseph Barbera, 1997
  • A pen and ink disaster.
    • Variety, after the pilot; Leonard Maltin interviews Joseph Barbera-1997

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