“The Flintstones” was a half-hour animated sitcom that originally ran for six seasons, from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966. All 166 episodes were produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and initially aired on ABC before living on (and on and on) in reruns.
Originally, the show was to be called “The Flagstones” — that name was even used in 1959 for a clip used to sell the show to advertisers. The family then included only Fred, Wilma and a son named Fred Junior.
“The Flintstones,” a half-hour color cartoon series spotlighting life in the Stone Age, will join the NBC-TV Network’s Saturday morning program schedule on Jan. 7, 1967 in the 9 to 9:30 am. time period on Channel 6.
“The Flintstones” is set in the prehistoric suburb of Bedrock, the home of Fred and Wilma Flintstone, their daughter Pebbles, and the family’s pet dinosaur, Dino, Barney and Betty Rubble, the Flintstones’ next-door neighbors, join Fred and Wilma in a series of adventures and misadventures back in the days when dinosaurs on the roads caused traffic jams and men walked softly but carried big clubs.
Character voices for “The Flintstones” are performed by Alan Reed (Fred), Jean Vander Pyl (Wilma), Mel Blane (Barney) and Bea Benadaret (Betty).
From The Dispatch (Moline, Illinois) – November 5, 1966
The Flintstones opening and closing credits with theme song
Flintstones theme song lyrics (opening)
Flintstones — meet the Flintstones,
They’re a modern stone age family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They’re a page right out of history.
Let’s ride with the family down the street,
through the courtesy of Fred’s two feet.
When you’re with the Flintstones,
have a yabba dabba doo time,
a dabba doo time,
we’ll have a gay old time!
Flintstones theme song lyrics (closing)
Flintstones — meet the Flintstones
They’re a modern stone-age family.
Come on, down to Bedrock.
It’s a place right out of history.
Someday, maybe Fred will win the fight,
and the cat will stay out for the night.
When you’re with the Flintstones
Have a yabba dabba-doo time
A dabba-doo time
We’ll have a gay old time!