The Flintstone Comedy Show was a Saturday Morning Cartoon on NBC that aired from 1980 to 1982. The Flintstones spin-off featured multiple segments starring different characters, including Canon Immigrant characters the Shmoo (from prior Flintstones series Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo and the comic strip Li'l Abner) and Captain Caveman.
The segments include:
- The Flintstone Family Adventures: Traditional-style adventures of Fred, Barney, Betty, and Wilma.
- The Frankenstones: The Frankenstones, a Munsters-like family of monsters that live next door to the Flintstones. Unlike other versions of the Frankenstones (from the primetime specials or previous series), Frank Frankenstone here is short-tempered and has a heated rivalry with his neighbor Fred.
- Pebbles, Dino, and Bamm-Bamm: The teens (slightly aged down in appearance from The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, but still with their same friends and cave buggy) plus Dino solve mysteries around Bedrock, akin to Scooby-Doo.
- Dino and Cavemouse: Dino chases a pesky, ravenous mouse around the house, akin to Tom and Jerry.
- Bedrock Cops: Fred and Barney are part-time Bedrock police officers, accompanied by partner/trainee the Shmoo. They spend their time either trying to capture the criminal of the episode or trying to stop the Frankenstones' ravenous, destructive pet, Rockjaw.
- Captain Caveman: Captain Caveman's adventures in Bedrock as its resident superhero. Parodying Superman, Cavey has a secret identity as "Chester," and works as a copy boy at the local newspaper The Daily Granite alongside reporters Wilma and Betty.
The Flintstone Comedy Show provides examples of:
- Bamboo Technology: As per the norm for the Flintstones, here updated for the early 80s. Home video games appear in a Frankenstones segment, while Wilma has a "beeper" in one Captain Caveman segment.
- Canon Welding: Captain Caveman is shown as Bedrock's resident superhero, before he ended up frozen in ice. Also, the Shmoo (or a version of one) apparently existed in the Stone Age.
The Frankenstones segments provide examples of:
- Extreme Omnivore: Rockjaw. This makes him the source of various problems in the "Bedrock Cops" segments.
The Dino and Cavemouse segments provide examples of:
The Bedrock Cops segments provide examples of:
- Da Chief: Sgt. Boulder, Fred and Barney's superior.
The Captain Caveman segments provide examples of:
- Clark Kenting: Captain Caveman himself did this to disguise himself as Chester, wearing glasses and a bowtie and raising his voice an octave.
- Damsel in Distress: Wilma and Betty were often reduced to this, usually by trying to stop the villain themselves and getting in over their heads.
- Da Editor: Lou Granite, editor-in-chief of "The Daily Granite".
- Monster Clown: Clownfoot is a bank-robbing circus clown who, at his circus hideout, rigs a high-wire's bicycle that Betty and Wilma are riding to fall apart over a pit of man-eating saber-toothed tigers.
- Secret Identity: Cavey has one as Chester, which is in itself kind of a parody of this trope.
- Shout-Out: Mostly to the Superman mythos:
- Captain Caveman's secret identity of glasses-wearing Chester.
- Wilma's and Betty's positions as reporters akin to Lois Lane.series
- The Daily Granite, a spoof of The Daily Planet.
- "Lou Granite" is likely a reference to Lou Grant of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as well as the Lou Grant spinoff series (Lou Grant and The Flintstone Comedy Show both aired in the early 1980s, on CBS and NBC, respectively). In that spin-off, Grant was also the editor of a newspaper.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: The 20th-century villain Futuro's goal was robbing Bedrock of random stuff to sell in his own era as valuable "antiques."
- Transformation Sequence: Spoofed. It was so loud that literally everyone in the city could hear it, and visually it featured explosions, rockets and an array of rainbow stars, but all that actually happened was that Chester took off his glasses and unfolded his bowtie into a cape.
- Weather-Control Machine: The villains Stormfront and Weathergirl.