Saturday, September 30, 2023

A Little Night Music

Sixty-three years ago — September 1960 — “The Flintstones” premiered on ABC.  This is the original intro music — no lyrics, no “yaba daba doo!” — and the outro included a billboard for Winston cigarettes, the major sponsor.  They even had a commercial where Fred and Barney were smoking in the backyard.

The concept was based loosely on “The Honeymooners,” although Hanna-Barbera denied any copycatting.  It ran on network TV until 1966, but the theme was replaced after the second season with the familiar “Meet the Flintstones.”  I like this one.