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Five years after The Flintstones ended, a Saturday-Morning Cartoon spin-off was created by Hanna-Barbera for CBS with the two toddlers, Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble, as teenagers. Fred and Barney were relegated to supporting roles, as were Wilma and Betty. Many new characters were introduced, most of them teens who served as friends or foils to Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.

The voice cast included Sally Struthers as Pebbles and Jay North (TV's Dennis the Menace) as Bamm-Bamm.

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: When not insulting the overall group, Bronto hits on Pebbles.
  • All Bikers are Hells Angels: What the Bronto Bunch are trying to be.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Schleprock. His entrance is always greeted with dread, and he's often told to sit away from others. "Schleprock's New Image" in particular highlights this, and Pebbles just feels so bad for him.
  • Alpha Bitch: Cindy Curbstone.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Pebbles (red), Penny (brunette) and Wiggy (blonde).
  • Bound and Gagged: In "They Went That-A-Way", Pebbles is captured by rustlers, who then gag her and tie her up to a cactus. In the next scene, Pebbles' friends find her hopping away while still being tied up to the cactus.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Yabba Dabba Doozie!" (Usually an indication that Pebbles has picked up the Idiot Ball again - and often lampshaded by Bamm-Bamm with a Here We Go Again!.)
    • Also, Schleprock's "Wowzie wowzie woo woo!" just before he causes destruction in his wake.
  • Cool Car: Bamm-Bamm's station wagon.
  • Daddy's Girl: Pebbles to Fred, of course. He's noticeably never able to stay angry about her antics like Wilma is.
  • Dating Service Disaster: "The Suitor Computer" from The Flintstone Comedy Hour in a nutshell. Moonrock has devised a matchmaking computer and Pebbles thinks it would be fun to try at her party, but Cindy secretly sabotages it. While Cindy gets to go out with Bamm-Bamm, Pebbles gets paired with Schleprock, Penny with Bronto, Wiggy with Fabian, and Moonrock with Rockelle. Hilarity Ensues during each date.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pebbles' and Bamm-Bamm's parents get this in most episodes. However sometimes they are rather driving to the episode's plot. Fred's promotion is what leads to one episode's shenanigans, and two have to deal with the kids trying to fix something they believe happened to Barney.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: One of the crooks in "Mayor May Not" tells Pebbles that he's an unapologetic thief but will always tell the truth.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Schleprock wears one.
  • Fake Band: Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and their friends have one called the Bedrock Rockers in The Flintstones Comedy Hour.
  • Fanservice: Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm both grew up quite nicely. See the beach part of the later opening.
  • Fat and Skinny: Penny Pillar and Wiggy Rockstone.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Bamm-Bamm's Super-Strength is gone without explanation. Though it does reappear just as inexplicably in the late 1990s specials.
    • Essentially making it an aversion to Puberty Superpower, as Bamm-Bamm would lose his during it.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Moonrock is the group's nerdy tech guy who often makes inventions to help (or at least try to help) with the gang's latest plot.
  • Gang of Bullies: The Bronto Bunch.
  • Genki Girl: Pebbles is usually bubbly and enthusiastic.
  • Here We Go Again!:
    • "Putty in Her Hands": a pair of con artists claim Pebbles won a free sculpture lesson in order to bilk her for more. Hilarity Ensues, including Bamm-Bamm being covered in putty so that Pebbles can save face in front of Cindy. At the end of the episode, Pebbles claims she just won a free driving lesson, which prompts Bamm-Bamm and Moonrock to make a run for it and climb the nearest tree to get away. Subverted in that Pebbles insists it was just a joke, but they won't take any chances and refuse to climb down.
    • "The Terrible Snorkosaurus": Pebbles talked the group into trying to get such a beast for the local aquarium in exchange for a big payday. After all the effort trying to do so, keeping the folks from finding out about Snorkosaurus, and returning it to its home, Pebbles reads about a zoo offering big bucks for another fabled beast. The rest of the group immediately drives away, leaving a confused Pebbles wondering what's gotten into them.
  • Hidden Depths: During the Dating Service Disaster, Wiggy and Fabian end up having more fun than the other pairs. He turns out to be into astrology, too, so they really hit it off. Their date only goes south because of some sudden slapstick.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: In the episode where Bamm-Bamm has a gorgeous voice, but only when he's singing in the shower. His "bad" voice is a little too exaggerated.
  • Idiot Ball: Pebbles usually holds it and fumbles things up as the episode goes on.
  • Jerkass: Cindy and her equally snobby boyfriend, Fabian.
  • The Jinx: Badluck Schleprock.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Bamm-Bamm regularly questions how he lets Pebbles talk him into her various schemes. Pebbles admits it's not as easy as he thinks it is.
  • Laugh Track: H-B abandoned the standard prime-time laugh track used at the time and created a new laugh track for this series, as well as for companion CBS show Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
  • Local Hangout: The favorite hangout of Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and their schoolmates is a diner called Brontoburgers.
  • Mythology Gag: Bamm-Bamm has the same ability to only sing in the shower his father had in an episode of the original series. Note that Bamm-Bamm was adopted, so there's no genetic explanation for this.
  • Name and Name: The title is an example of this.
  • Nerd Glasses: Moonrock wears them.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: The astrology-obsessed Wiggy is an early example.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: "Pebbles' Big Boast" has an appearance by Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: "Wiggy is the only cave girl in the series to have huge feet, while the others have small ones.
  • Only Sane Man: Bamm-Bamm is usually the one to call out Pebbles on her hare-brained schemes, but ends up going along with them anyway. Just like his father did with her father.
  • Pet the Dog: Unlike a lot of her other schemes, Pebbles spends an episode trying to shake Schleprock of his bad luck out of pure sympathy.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Cindy regularly flirts with Bamm-Bamm. It's unclear how interested she actually is in him (especially since she already has a boyfriend), but she clearly delights at how irritated Pebbles gets by this.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are said to be boyfriend-and-girlfriend in this series.
  • The Rival: Cindy to Pebbles.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The titular pair.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Moonrock often talks this way.
  • Singing in the Shower: One episode had Bam-Bam discover that, much like his father, he could sing well but only while showering.
  • Spin-Offspring: This show is a Spin-off to the original Flintstones series now focusing on the offspring characters as teenagers.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Like his father before him, Bamm-Bamm frequently points out the best way out of a Zany Scheme in the process of going sideways: simply give up to avoid any further frustration and be honest with others. And like her father before her, Pebbles rarely heeds this advice.
  • Syndication Title: The Flintstones Comedy Hour was renamed The Flintstones Comedy Shownote  for the half-hour syndicated version.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Bamm-Bamm has this reaction every time Pebbles gets an idea for a Zany Scheme. He knows that look in her eyes, and he doesn't like it.
    • Schleprock prompts this reaction every time he walks into frame. Unfortunately for him, it almost always ends up being justified, due to the assorted bad luck that results.
  • Time Skip: One occurs as when last seen on screen Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm were only still babies, while at the start of this show, they are in high school.
  • Two Shorts: The original series was one segment for the full half hour. The following season a new show took its place but was extended an hour, The Flintstone Comedy Hour. The first half hour featuring new segments featuring Fred and Barney as well as the teens combined with musical segments of the teens as the Bedrock Rockers. The latter half was for reruns of this show. But this show only had 16 episodes while this new series needed 18. So four additional segments were made to fill the last two episodes, both of which aired as Two Shorts to a half hour.
    • Nowadays those four new segments are considered Season 2 of this shownote  and were released on this show's DVD and kept on the Diamond Collection that otherwise dropped special features.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Although she obviously takes more after her father when it comes to her personality, it's clear that Pebbles takes after her mom in looks. Bamm-Bamm's a male version; compared to the cartoony-looking Fred and Barney, he's tall, muscular and rather handsome. Justified in that he's adopted.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Schleprock.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Dino, Babypuss, Hoppy, and Gazoo are gone without a trace. Dino would return on The Flintstone Comedy Hour the following season.
  • Zany Scheme: Pebbles comes up with "a crazy, hare-brained scheme" Once an Episode.