Do You Remember The Flintstones and The Jetsons?

Do You Remember The Flintstones and The Jetsons?

When you were young, did you watch the Flintstones or the Jetsons or both? Did you like one more than the other? Let’s go down memory lane…

The Flintstones

The Flintstones became the first animated hit in prime-time television history. Set in the Stone Age, in the little town of Bedrock. The Flintstones became a smash hit because of its clever images and outstanding humour.

The Flintstones used bird beaks as phonograph needles, elephant trunks as vacuum cleaners, fireflies as light bulbs, and their feet to drive their cars.

The Cast

The Flintstones follows the lives of Fred Flintstone and his wife Wilma. They live next door to their best friends Barney and Betty Rubble. They also had a pet dinosaur named Dino to keep them company.

Inspired by The Honeymooners, and following in the footsteps of comedies such as I Love Lucy. The show’s characters are always inventing hair-brained schemes, attempting to cover up little white lies, or engaging in some other form of behaviour bound to get them in trouble.

In the show’s later years, each couple would have a child. Fred & Wilma had Pebbles, and Barney & Betty adopting Bam-Bam. Notable celebrities appeared on the show such as Ann Margaret, who portrayed Ann Margrock, and Tony Curtis, who played Stoney Curtis.

Notable Episodes

Here is a list of some of the notable episodes:

The Flintstone Flyer: Fred pretends to be sick so he and Barney can get out of going to the opera with Wilma and Betty.

The Swimming Pool: Fred and Barney build a pool together only to have it strain their friendship.

Hollyrock, Here I Come: Betty and Wilma win a trip to Hollyrock as a television game show prize.

The Jetsons

If the Flintstones are the modern stone-age family, then the Jetsons are the typical post-modern futuristic family. The Jetsons had creativity and imagination. They had flying cars, stilted high-rise houses, and automated gadgets for almost every conceivable type.

The Cast

After the success of the Flintstones, Hanna-Barbera launched The Jetson’s in 1962. Although they cancelled the show after one season before reviving it again from 1985 to 1988.

The Jetsons follow the lives of George Jetson and his average middle-class family. George works for Spacely Sprockets. George’s wife, Jane, is a homemaker who dials up breakfast for the family and pushes all the proper buttons necessary for cleaning the house and domestic affairs. (If they ever revived this show again, you would hope they would give Jane a career).

Their son, Elroy, is a boy genius, while their daughter Judy is a typical teenage rock-and-roller. Add a sarcastic robot maid named Rosie into the mix and a talking dog named Astro, and The Jetsons has all the components of a modern TV classic.

Notable Episodes

Here is a list of some of the notable episodes:

Rosie the Robot: Jane urges George to buy a robot maid, but George feels they can’t afford it.

Rosie’s Boyfriend: Rosie falls in love with the building super’s rag-tag robot assistant

Miss Solar System: Jane enters the Miss Solar System pageant against George’s wishes, not knowing that George is one of the secret judges

Final Thoughts

While some ideas in the Flintstones and Jetsons are outdated, there are still many episodes that stand the test of time. What was your favourite show? Let me know in the comments.

 

Until next time

Frankie

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