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YMMV: The Flintstones
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A few viewers have speculated that the Flintstones are actually a Post-Apocalyptic society using what it can to recreate the destroyed technology.
    • Mr. Slate is frequently presented as an expy of Mr. Spacely, but there's plenty of evidence that he's simply a no-nonsense but well-meaning employer. On at least one occasion, when an accounting error led to Fred not getting a bonus, he came to Fred's house in person to apologize.
      • He does have his Jerk Ass moments, most notably the episode where it's revealed he and his son have an entire routine set up to prevents his employees from asking for raises (involving making it look like the son had done the same and Slate was firing him only to rehire him at a paycut after much grovelling)... and doing this to Fred despite knowing he has a baby on the way.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: this song from the video game.
    • The Man Called Flintstone has some pretty great songs. "Pensate Amore" (sung by Louis Prima) stands out as a great love song.
  • Crowning Moment Of Funny:
    • "Whose baby is that? What's your angle? I'll buy that."
    • Female spy, to Fred and Barney: "Are you two married?" Barney: "No, we're just good friends."
  • Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming: The ending to "Groom Gloom".
    • Any time Fred calls Pebbles his "little Pebbly-poo".
  • Ear Worm: The aforementioned theme song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A meta-example. Betty Rubble, who had been basically Demoted to Extra in terms of merchandise (see The Woobie) below, apparently generated a lot of sympathy by fans wondering why she was being upstaged by, of all things, the Sabre Toothed Tiger from the end credits, a car, and even The Great Gazoo. In the end, a huge campaign to bring her to prominence was launched, and Betty finally got her vitamin, with 91% of the votes!
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Though by no means a "family friendly" commercial due to alcohol, this commercial seems to promote getting people good and drunk to get them to do whatever you want.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The infamous cigarette ad becomes this when you realise that Jean Vanderpyl, (Wilma's original voice actress) died of lung cancer in 1999. The commercial even shows Fred lighting up a cigarette for Wilma, before lighting one up himself.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The show and its live-action movies were very popular in Quebec.
    • The cartoon's localized version was also a major hit in Hungary, as the entire dialog had been rendered in witty rhymes by a famous poet. Due to the dub's success, some later dubs of cartoons and comedy movies used the same tactic. The show's later seasons and the spin-offs aren't that well known, though.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One episode in the second season had a piranha-parakeet hybrid.
  • Jumping the Shark and Seasonal Rot: A lot of people pin the blame for the show's drop-off in quality on either The Great Gazoo being introduced or Pebbles being born.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Betty's not a vitamin!"
    • The Flintstones cigarette ads
    • "Braaack, it's a livin'."
  • Memetic Sex Godess: Wilma, at least according to Dave Lister.
  • Mondegreen: "How do they always manage to bollix things up, Betty?" Brits aren't familiar with the word bollix and mishear it as bollocks, resulting in the word getting bleeped out on British TV.
    • To be frank, you'd be hard-pressed to find many from today's American audience that are familiar with the word.
  • The Scrappy: The Great Gazoo.
  • Seasonal Rot: Some have noted that after Pebbles was born, the show shifted its tone to be a bit more child friendly, and consider it to have dropped in quality as a result. While this viewpoint isn't universally accepted among fans, a way more common viewpoint is that the show's quality took a major drop when the Great Gazoo showed up.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The live-action films.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending to "The Blessed Event".
    • Some scenes from "Rip Van Flintstone".
    • Two songs from The Man Called Flintstone ('Tickle Toddle' and 'Someday') have a tendency to be this, whether due to their content or for nostalgic reasons.
  • Values Dissonance: There were commercials for Winston cigarettes promoted by Fred and Barney.
    • There are also quite a few jokes sprinkled throughout the series that would, today, be seen as sexist or misogynistic.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The series was a primetime sitcom that was never geared towards only children, as most of the situations and jokes were way over the heads of most kids at the time (and now). Later merchandise and spinoffs decided to go against that mindset, however.
    • Hence the sponsorship by Winston's Cigarettes, and Busch's Beer.
  • The Woobie: A meta-example. When it came to merchandise, Betty always seemed to get the short end of the stick, having notably been left out of the Flintstones Vitamin assortment, and even being upstaged by the Sabre Toothed Tiger from the end credits for a Push Pop flavour (which was, to add insult to injury, blueberry flavoured.) Apparently, enough people complained about this, as Betty finally got her own Vitamin in 1995, twenty years after that fact. There is even an FAQ on the official website, the last question asking about her presence in the Vitamin lineup.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Rosie O'Donnell played Betty in the live-action movie, of all people who had to be miscast.
    • She was apparently given the part because of her perfect imitation of Betty's giggle. The real "WTH" goes to Elizabeth Taylor as Wilma's mother.
    • Rick Moranis raised a few eyebrows in being cast as Barney, too. About the only actor whom virtually everyone agreed was perfect for his role was John Goodman.
    • The casting decisions for Viva Rock Vegas were generally felt to be much better... with the glaring exception of Stephen Baldwin as Barney.

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