Western Animation / The Roman Holidays

The modern Iron Age family.

This animated series from Hanna-Barbera is about a Dom Com family in "ancient" Rome. As on The Flintstones, Anachronism Stew is an essential part of this series—but the starting point is later. It aired only in the 1972-73 season on NBC.

The head of the family is Augustus "Gus" Holiday. He has a wife, Laurie; a daughter, Precocia, and a son, Happius, or "Happy"/"Hap" for short—much like The Jetsons (although unlike that show, this family features an older brother and younger sister). Their pet lion, Brutus, is a Big Eater.


  • Anachronism Stew: Like its sibling shows the Romans have a lot of things that did not exist in the real Roman era.
  • Ancient Rome: This is the setting of the show.
  • Bamboo Technology: As typical, a cat is the bank's siren by pulling it's tail, elephants help with construction, etc.
  • Big Eater: Brutus eats all the time, much to Gus's trouble.
  • Bowling for Ratings: Gus goes bowling in a few episodes.
  • Canis Latinicus: It mostly ties in to the Meaningful Names of the characters.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Four issues were published by Gold Key Comics (February–November 1973). The first three were drawn by Pete Alvarado; the final issue was drawn by Jack Manning.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Precocia has her moments of this.
  • Feuding Families: A not as violent example comes in the rivalry between the Holidays and Groovia's family in "Hectic Holiday"
  • Flintstone Theming: Names will follow on some kind of joke about Roman era objects.
  • Happily Married: Gus and Laurie are a pretty happy couple together.
  • Mean Boss: Mr. Tycoonius has his moments and even more so his client in "Switch is Which?" manages to be this to Gus, Tycoonius and the landlord Evictus.
  • Meaningful Name: Their landlord is named Evictus, and Gus' boss at the marble quarry (déjà vu?) is Tycoonius.
  • Panty Shot: Precocia in "Hectic Holiday." More a case of innocent panties.
  • Playing Cyrano: Hap tries to do this for his friend Tremulus and manages to bungle things up in epic fashion.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: While most of the episodes usually feature Gus as the main character, several episodes instead make the show more about Happius and Groovia. In Cyrano de Happius, a beta teen couple is also introduced and the show feels much closer to the similar The Flintstones teen shows.
  • She's Got Legs: Groovia in her toga shows off her legs.
  • Shout-Out: The title is a pun on the film Roman Holiday.
  • Single-Issue Landlord: Evictus is sometimes this. He sometimes comes in on a crusade to get the Holidays kicked out of the apartment for one specific reason.
  • Twin Switch: Used more than once. In "The Lion's Share", the corrupt owners of the pound switch Brutus with another lion, that happens to be Brutus's father. Then in "Star for a Day" Hap finds he is an exact duplicate of Davey Cassius and ends up switching places with him.
  • Wacky Racing: The ending climax of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Chariot Wash" is a chariot race with plenty of shenanigans..