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  1. dirtybenny

    It is difficult to come to terms with the programming involved in seemingly harmless cartoons, even back in the 1960’s.

    Remember The Flintstones ran in the evening prime time, so the audience was primarily ADULTS. It was originally broadcast on ABC from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, and was the first animated series to hold a prime-time slot on television.

    Ab is correct that it was modelled after the Honeymooners.

    Dinosaur programming was obvious. But it went so much further than this…
    Hospital-based child birth with Barney frantically running about to get Wilma to the hospital for the birth of Pebbles.
    Secret societies with The Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes , complete with chants, secret handshakes, and hats. Male only, of course.
    Betty and Wilma craving to go on shopping sprees, encouraging consumerism. WIlma is more intelligent and level-headed than her husband, though she often has a habit of spending money (with Betty’s and her catchphrase being “Da-da-da duh da-da CHARGE IT!!”).
    Women acting more calm and collected during emergencies. Imprinting the male as emotional and irrational.
    As the clip below shows, they also reinforced outer space and belief in science. This was in preparation for the Jetsons and Jonny Quest that followed.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg…..

    But perhaps the most interesting character of the Flinstones is the Great Gazoo
    The Great Gazoo – An alien exiled to Earth, he helps Fred and Barney, often against their will. The Great Gazoo is actually from the future, and is quite dismayed when he realizes he has been sent back to “the Stone Age”. He can only be seen by Fred, Barney, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, other small children, Dino, and Hoppy.

    One can use their imagination as to the significance and potential revelation of the Gazoo…..only seen by children, animals and helps Fred and Barney out of predicaments….

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