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50 years ago, one of the first animated sitcoms appeared on ABC. Entitled The Flintstones, it featured the working-class Stone Age Flintstone family. Sort of an imitation of the popular show The Honeymooners, the show ran for six seasons, from 1960 to 1966.
The show shared the adventures of Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and later their daughter Pebbles, along with their neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble. In their "fantasy" version of the Stone Age, many popular forms of technology from the 20th century were "powered" by prehistoric animals in the town of Bedrock. Gags and puns involving the terms "rock" and "stone" were also used.
After the show was cancelled, it was followed by a several television specials and spin-off animated series as well as an animated feature, 1966's The Man Called Flintstone. In 1994, a feature live-action film based on the series starring John Goodman hit theaters, with a sequel in 2000.
IGN named The Flintstones number nine in its "Top 100 Animated TV Shows" list in January 2009.
Frederick Joseph "Fred" Flintstone
A typical blue-collar worker from Bedrock, Fred works as a "bronto" crane operator at Slate Rock and Gravel Company. Loud-mouthed, aggressive, and usually scheming to improve his family's standing, his plotting and impulsive nature tends to get Fred into quite a few scrapes.
Although Fred seems to be anti-social, he is more often than not very friendly and willing to offer his help. A caring husband and father, Fred works hard to provide for his family, willing to bend over backward to please his wife Wilma and daughter Pebbles.
Like his best friend and neighbor, Barney Rubble, Fred is a member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes Lodge and a member of the Loyal Order of Dinosaurs. He also enjoys gambling, going on gambling binges that usually require him to find his way out of sticky situations. He also love to play golf, pool, poker and go bowling.
Wilma Pebble Slaghoople Flintstone
Nearly the opposite of her husband, Wilma Flintstone is level-headed and strong-willed. Very often she is forced to put up with immature nature and crazy schemes her husband dreams up, usually ending up as the one who bails him out of trouble.
Wilma met her future husband Fred while working as a waitress at a resort. Although her mother Pearl Slaghoople, took exception to her future son-in-law, Wilma and Fred were soon married.
As a typical Stone Age housewife, Wilma keeps the home fires burning while Fred works. She also enjoys volunteering for charitable organizations in Bedrock and loves to shop with her best friend and neighbor, Betty Rubble.
She is also mother to daughter, Pebbles.
Born during the third season of the show, Pebbles Flintstone was named via a nationally-television "Name the Flintstone Baby" contest.
The adorable red-head was born at Bedrock Rockapedic Hospital on February 2nd, 10,000 B.C., weighing in at 6lbs.
During the course of the series, Pebbles became best friends with Bamm-Bamm, the adopted son of Barney and Betty Rubble.
In the later spin-off series, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm would marry and have twins of their own, son Chip and daughter Roxy.
Dino the Dinosaur
Dino is the Flintstone's pet Snorkasaurus. He displays dog-like characteristics, with tendencies to jump on Fred and energetically lick his face. He also tends to yap loudly.
Originally he was portrayed (during a flashback) as the Flintstones' butler, able to talk and answer the phone as well as iron and dust. But most often he is portrayed as the family pet.
Barnard "Barney" Rubble
The diminutive next-door-neighbor of Fred and Wilma Flinstone, Barney Rubble is also best friends with Fred and usually accompanies him during Fred's hare-brained schemes.
Jovial and easy-going, Barney is satisfied with his lot in life and is quite simple minded. He is also a talented pianist and drummer.
He is married to Betty, whom he met while working as a bellhop at a resort. Although it is never shown, Barney possibly works at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company alongside Fred.
During the fourth season, Barney and Betty adopted the abandoned infant they found on their doorstep, Bamm-Bamm. The family also had a pet hopparoo, Hoppy.
Elizabeth "Betty" Jean McBricker Rubble
The raven-haired wife of Barney, Betty Rubble spends most of her time as a housewife or socializing with her neighbor and best friend, Wilma Flintstone.
Very much in love with her husband, Betty has been known to take the odd job or two to raise money for a present for him. She also volunteers for various charitable organizations in Bedrock.
After finding the infant Bamm-Bamm abandoned on their doorstep, Betty and Barney successfully won a court battle and adopted him. The Rubbles never had any biological children.
Left on the Rubbles' doorstep, infant Bamm-Bamm was successfully adopted by Barney and Betty after a court battle. His name comes from when the toddler would swing his toy club and yell "bamm, bamm!"
His excessive strength was oft used as a source of humor on the series. Bamm-Bamm would be introduced to Pebbles Flintstone, whom he became playmates with, even helping her to learn to walk.
In later spin-off series, Bamm-Bamm was more passive and sensible, and his strength was rarely mentioned. He would also go on to marry Pebbles and have twins, son Chip and daughter Roxy.
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