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This article is about all works in the franchise. For the original animated series, go here.

Like many very popular shows from the 1960s and 1970s, The Flintstones just would not die. It survived cancellation in any number of subsequent forms, from Saturday morning cartoons featuring teenaged versions of Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles (the latter voiced by Sally Struthers) through a pair of live-action motion pictures, all the way to a breakfast cereal which is still marketed in the early 21st century (and which is the occasion for continuous new Flintstones animation), plus the chewable vitamins. The year 2016 saw a particular resurgence of the franchise in multiple media: first, a Chinese bootleg of the NES game The Flintstones: The Rescue Of Dino & Hoppy received Memetic Mutation on the Internet (especially the theme song) thanks to the works of Vinesauce and SiIvaGunner. Unrelated to that, the series also got the same year a Darker and Edgier reboot as comic book published by DC Comics.

Media in the franchise:

Animated Series

  • The Flintstones (19601966 ABC)- The original series. Aired in prime time, and the first animated series to do so. Later shown in reruns on Saturday mornings. 6 seasons, 166 episodes.
  • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (19711972 CBS)- The franchise's first Saturday morning series. Largely focused on the now-teenaged Pebbles, Bamm Bamm, and their friends. 1 season, 16 episodes.
  • The Flintstone Comedy Hour (19721973 CBS)- Expanded the previous series into an 60-minute show. Each episode featured a Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm segment (most of which were reruns from the previous series), as well as new segments featuring Fred and Barney. 1 season, 16 episodes.
  • Fred Flintstone and Friends (19771978 Syndication)- A weekly animated package series featuring segments from the previous two series, as well as other Hanna-Barbera series. 1 season.
  • The New Fred and Barney Show (1979 NBC)- Another Saturday morning series, this time returning to the franchise's more familiar format. 1 season, 17 episodes.
  • Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (1979 NBC)- Consisted of both old and new Fred and Barney segments, as well as cartoons featuring the Thing. 1 season, 13 episodes.
  • Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo (19791980 NBC)- An expansion of the previous series with a new segment involving the Li'l Abner character the Schmoo. 1 season, 13 episodes.
  • The Flintstone Comedy Show (19801981 NBC)- A 90-minute series featuring six segments, including ripoffs of Tom and Jerry and Scooby-Doo, and a Superman parody with Captain Caveman. 2 seasons, 18 episodes.
  • The Flintstone Funnies (19821984 NBC)- Re-editing episodes from previous series to 30-minutes.
  • The Flintstone Kids (19861988 ABC)- One of many 80's Spin-Off Babies series. 2 seasons, 24 episodes.
  • Dino: World Premiere Toons (19951997)- Two 7-minute shorts.
  • Cave Kids (1996 Cartoon Network)- An overly-cute series focusing on young Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. Lasted 1 season, 8 episodes.
  • Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs (2021 HBO Max, aired outside U.S. in 2020) - A series focusing on Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm as older kids. 1 season, 26 episodes.
  • Bedrock (TBA Fox) - An upcoming sequel series which focuses on an adult Pebbles Flintstone.

Animated Films

Television Specials

  • The Flintstones On Ice (1973, CBS) - 60-minute live-action special with ice skaters in Flintstones costumes performing in an exhibition.
  • A Flintstone Christmas (1977, NBC)- A 60-minute special in which Fred and Barney fill in for a sick Santa Claus, with Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm now as slightly older children.
  • Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue (1978, CBS). Live-action Crossover of various Hanna-Barbera characters, with Fred as the host.
  • The Flintstones: Little Big League (1978, NBC)- A 60-minute special in which Fred and Barney coach rival Little League baseball teams. Features pre-teen versions of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.
  • The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone (1980, NBC)- As the title implies, the gang meets parodies of Dracula and Frankenstein's monster.
  • The Flintstones' New Neighbors (1980, NBC)- A half-hour special in which the Flintstones put up with their strange new neighbors, the Frankenstones.
  • The Flintstones: Fred's Final Fling (1980, NBC)- A half-hour special in which Fred mistakenly thinks he only has 24 hours to live and tries to enjoy life as much as possible.
  • The Flintstones: Wind-Up Wilma (1981, NBC)- A half-hour special in which Wilma becomes a pitcher for the Bedrock Dodgers.
  • The Flintstones: Jogging Fever (1981, NBC)- A half-hour special in which Fred takes up jogging.
  • Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982, CBS)- 30-minute Crossover with other characters. Fred and Barney briefly appear, interacting with Snagglepuss. At one point, the duo are asked how they managed to travel to a different century.
  • The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration (1986, CBS)- A live-action 60-minute special commemorating the franchise's 25th birthday. Hosted by Tim Conway and Harvey Korman.
  • The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special (1988, ABC)- Half-hour Anti-Drug Special featuring the Flintstone Kids and a Stone Age version of Michael Jackson.
  • Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (1989, TNT)- A documentary/television special honoring Hanna-Barbera's 50th anniversary. Hosted by Tony Danza and Annie Potts and featuring multiple animated HB characters. This special marked the last time Mel Blanc voiced Barney.
  • A Flintstone Family Christmas (1993, ABC)- The final part of the 1993 "Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm as adults" story arc. While Pebbles, Bamm Bamm, and their children try to make it home in time for Christmas, Wilma takes in a kleptomaniac boy named Stoney, and Fred tries to convince him that stealing is wrong.


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Pebbles Cereal

Arguably the most famous and successful example of the trope, the Pebbles Cereal's mascots are the various characters from The Flintstones, outlasting the original cartoon and every other iteration since. The idea of using established media characters to sell cereal was unheard of at the time of its creation, making it a Trope Maker.

How well does it match the trope?

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