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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 as Bamm-Bamm.


The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Tropes:

  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: What the Bronto Bunch are trying to be.
  • Alpha Bitch: Cindy Curbstone.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Pebbles (red), Penny (brunette) and Wiggy (blonde).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As usual for the Flintstones franchise, the entire cast is constantly barefoot.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: Bamm-Bamm, Schleprock and Zonk (one of the Bronto Bunch) all wear them.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: "Pebbles' Big Boast" has an appearance by Mick Jadestone and the Rolling Boulders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Syndication Title: The Flintstones Comedy Hour was renamed The Flintstones Comedy Shownote  for the half-hour syndicated version.
  • Time Skip: One occurs as when last seen on screen Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm were only still babies where 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.
  • 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.


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