Things Only Adults Notice In The Flintstones


Viewing The Flintstones through adult eyes
reveals a complex world with a lot of dark or problematic moments. You wouldn’t notice them if you’re a kid,
but if you’re a grown up…you yabba-dabba-do. While The Flintstones is clearly a riff on
the groundbreaking sitcom The Honeymooners, it does make a few notable changes. The Flintstones is a bit more of an equal
opportunity offender when it comes to domestic abuse. Ralph Kramden threatened to beat his wife
so often that his verbal promise of violence became a TV catchphrase… “Bang. Zoom.” Audiences never actually saw Ralph get physical
with his wife but viewers of The Flintstones saw it work the other way around. Fred often threatened Wilma, but that’s where
it stopped. However, when Fred did something Wilma didn’t
like, which was often, she’d clock him on the head, drop heavy objects on his feet,
fling him across the room, and who knows what else. “Wilma, no, not in the head!” Of course, Fred wasn’t the easiest caveman
to live with. He had serious anger management issues, he
constantly twisted the truth and his views on the role of women in society really did
belong in the Stone Age. “How many times have I told you, a woman’s
place is in the home!” For a show that took place millions of years
ago, The Flintstones is surprisingly progressive about a number of issues. In the 1960s, it was revolutionary that the
series was open about how Barney and Betty Rubble couldn’t naturally conceive a child
like the Flintstones, and how upset they were about it. It was a major TV event in February 1963 when
Wilma gave birth to Pebbles, and afterwards, the Rubbles spend an inordinate amount of
time hanging out with the new arrival, they just want a baby so bad. As a last resort, they make a wish on a falling
star. The next morning, their wish has apparently
been granted and they find a baby boy at their doorstep…a supernaturally strong orphan
named Bamm Bamm. “Wheeee! Oh, Barney, we’ve got our very own baby.” However, the couple still had a long way to
go before they could call Bamm Bamm their own. Adult viewers will certainly feel some empathy,
as the Rubbles jump through legal hoops to adopt the little powerhouse, and are only
granted custody at the last minute. The whole ordeal mentally drains Barney to
the point where he wants to take his own life. “Goodbye cruel world.” Luckily, Fred shows up just in time to save
the day and Bamm Bamm’s new daddy. The Flintstones wouldn’t be The Flintstones
without animals, birds, and other creatures performing all kinds of household and mechanical
tasks. The modern Stone-Age family seems to have
an animal for every job, a mastodon instead of a shower, a monkey/bird tag team inside
a record player, a swordfish for a kitchen knife, and an artistic bird that functions
as a prehistoric Polaroid camera, just to name a few. You have to wonder what these animals actually
think of Fred. “The guy’s a pig, a neanderthal! “You’re dead to me, can opener!” It doesn’t seem like the animals on The Flintstones
are getting paid, or have any freedom whatsoever. In other words, the humans of The Flintstones
have enslaved animals, forcing all creatures great and small into a being beasts of burden. While this is cruel, some animals have it
worse than others. Birds’ tails are constantly being yanked. A pelican serves as a trash can, meaning people
force-feed it garbage. And, possibly worst of all, a variety of poor
creatures are forced to sacrifice their entire lives for construction and mining. “I’ve had just about enough of these lazy
f—s using us as slave labor!” “The uprising is upon us!” Like most sitcoms of the 1960s, The Flintstones
was not serialized. Each episode completely stood on its own,
with Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty getting into some kind of hairy situation and resolving
it by the end of the episode. Kids can accept this. They can enjoy shows on a surface level. Adults may want to know more about developments
in The Flintstones universe, such as what happens after the events in the episode “Dino
and Juliet.” In this comic version of Romeo and Juliet,
Fred Flintstone and a new neighbor get into a heated dispute. Instead of the warring factions’ teenage offspring
falling in love, their pet dinosaurs do. Dino falls instantly head over heels for Juliet,
the cute new sauropod in town. “Well if that don’t beat the bush! Dino’s in love!” As lovers are wont to do, Dino and Juliet
steal away for some privacy…which results in the birth of more than a dozen babies. Never again on The Flintstones are Juliet
or her children with Dino seen. Apparently, he’s an absentee father and the
love-’em-and-leave-’em type. After a few years on the air, sitcoms tend
to bring in a new character to breathe fresh life into the series. Homeless teen Luke showed up on Growing Pains,
Cousin Oliver appeared on The Brady Bunch, and The Simpsons mocked the entire concept
with a random character named Roy. “Adding a new character is often a desperate
attempt to boost low ratings.” “Yo, yo! How’s it hanging, everybody?” “Morning, Roy.” The Flintstones pioneered this move back in
1965 with the arrival of a tiny, smug alien named the Great Gazoo. The little green E.T. had been sent through
space and time to prehistoric Earth as punishment for making a doomsday device on his home planet. Gazoo clearly has seen his share of dark places. “Get off me, you big lummox!” “Gazoo! Where have you been?” Fred and Barney discover him, and rather than
report him to the government, they befriend him, although Gazoo mainly seems to call them
“dumb-dumbs” and magically disappear whenever Fred is talking to him, which gives the impression
that Fred has mental issues. Or maybe the Great Gazoo isn’t real at all…and
Fred and Barney have been ingesting some unknown substances with mysterious side-effects. Yes…The Flintstones is a cartoon, and it
passed strict network standards in the conservative early 1960s. But, somehow, it managed to sneak in the occasional
dirty joke for the adults in the room. In one episode, Fred and Barney are watching
TV when they lose reception. Fred asks if everything is in working order
and Barney immediately hits Fred with a comeback that would make most parents blush in front
of their kids. “How’s your antennae?” “Fine, Fred. How’s yours?” It would also seem that they had “adult films”
way back in the Stone Age. While getting a check-up, a doctor holds up
Fred’s x-ray, prompting Flintstone to joke, “How about it, Doc? Flintstone in an x-ray-ted picture!” While these man-cave jokes were right up Fred
and Barney’s alley, we can’t help but wonder how Wilma and Betty would react. “Bang.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “Things Only Adults Notice In The Flintstones

  1. Don't forget Wilma and Betty's cocaine habit.
    Wilma: will you excuse us Fred? Betty and I are going to nose our powder. 😋

  2. Look carefully in the episode "Rip Van Flintstone" when elderly Fred enters Barney's mansion. You'll see a picture on the wall that somehow got past the censors.

  3. You have to understand, the Flintstones was not necessarily aimed at kids per se, it was aired at 8pm when it first came on, how many kids were awake then? It was wildly popular, and unlike today, not everyone was offended so easily by every little thing. If you ever watched Looney Tunes, there are so many one liner and off color jokes that went on through them for decades. I grew up watching the Flintstones, my son watches it today when it's on, it's still a hilarious show.

  4. It would've been hard for Fred and Barney to report Gazoo to the government due to the fact that only only they can see him.

  5. Are u CRAZY??? What's the point to apply Politic Correct View to a cartoon from the 60's? Go find a REAL and solid content, you Preachers of NOTHING!!!

  6. Even as a very young child, I noticed the obvious (to me) forced labour and straight-up abuse of, and felt really bad for, the animals in the Flintstones..

  7. What about there was no black people in flintstones but there was in flintstones kids. Then in flintstones kids. The black kid was the only one with shoes?

  8. Dino was a deadbeat dad. Great my childhood has officially been destroyed faster than the titanic. It's even the same with yoshi being a deadbeat dad as well

  9. So why are you saying Fred had anger issues? He might have gotten mad at times but he never hit her. However you freely admit that Wilma was freely violent. It's quite evident that Wilma had anger issues. Why didn't wilma go to jail?

  10. The Original Flintstones was for adults, these and the black and white versions that come before these, they where for adult TV and played in prime time. It was in the 70's and 80's that these where put in syndication with other adult TV shows, but came on at 4PM, so that is when kids finally saw this version of the Flintstones. That's why in the late 80's the Flintstones was brought back for kids and played on Saturday mornings, and those where for Kids. You're right about it being conservative, but the ones you showed weren't for kids.

  11. Most of the points here are insanely stupid. As others point out, its just a cartoon, and the video editing made the series more "dark" then it actually is.

  12. People forget that The Flintstones was made for a prime-time audience that included adults. It's the multitude of daytime reruns, and the broadcast restrictions at the time, that made people think it was just for kids.

  13. It’s the jokes while watching the reruns once I got old enough to catch them is what I love. Like the contestant on ‘The Prize is Priced’ where Barney wins the yacht. Just before his bidding, one of the contestant says, ‘well, I’m unemployed Will, and I can use something really useful, like a set of golf clubs, a trip around the world….’. 😂

  14. Why do yall always excuse female domestic abuse? Bcz Fred "wasnt the easiest to live with"? No woman who ever got hit did absolutely nothing. Its either there is an excuse for domestic violence or there isnt. Dont exclude women just bcz they are women, thats not equality, thats sexism.

  15. Well to be fair just like with the Simpsons it would inspire about 28 years later it wasn't aimed at kids since it aired in primetime and were used in advertisements for adult products like cigarettes and beer.

  16. Another one kids would have missed. When they went out they drank "cactus juice". There is one main thing made from the juice of a cactus…..Tequila.

  17. This was one of the best cartoons ever made, highly imaginative, funny, willing to deal with real world issues, and yet always with a moral to the story to promote good behavior. Compared to the garbage we have now, the Flintstones was a gem.

  18. Have read about how The Jetsons came before Flintstones. Thus explaining things cars, tvs, bowling, jobs and origination

  19. You mean other than how it's set in a post apocalyptic future where humanity reverts to it's primitive nature while incorporating what it can remember about modern life?

  20. I was too old for the Flintstones cartoon show. I was already a teenager – and back then, I thought it was kinda dumb – but my younger siblings enjoyed it

  21. Wow now people are going "woke" on cartoons? Y'all need to just stop being so judgemental and enjoy life without being so uppity.

  22. What most people don’t realize is that the Flintstones and the Jetsons coexisted in the same, post apocalyptic world. The Flintstones was what happened to the recipients of all those nukes.

  23. Aren't we over reaching  abit here?  Well as far as dirty jokes go, there was another  regarding heads.  Fred said something about having an extra head and barney replies: " Gee Fred what would I do with three heads"      Indicating the two natural heads men have etc..  .There was also  plenty of cross dressing in the Flintstoens as well.

  24. Things Adults Who Actually DO Watch The Flintstones notice:
    Notice how you had to use lame 00's Cartoon Network/Adult Swim gags for the "Working animals"–That's probably because on the show, the animals had paid jobs, from their constant asides of "…It's a living."
    In one episode, Fred & Barney stop at a stoplight, ie. a monkey moving a candle between a red and green lantern, and Barney observes "Every time a monkey burns his finger, he quits his job." In the middle of their conversation, the monkey promptly drops his candle and jumps about with a burned finger–"Well, there's ANOTHER stoplight out of order…"

  25. This show openly promoted smoking.. Go look for some old Winston commercials from its time if you don't believe me.

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