Yabba Dabba Doo! Flintstones Turns 50

Fifty years ago this week, The Flintstones debuted on television. Host Scott Simon tips his hat to that modern, stone-age family.

Copyright © 2010 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

SCOTT SIMON, Host:

OK. No Googling now. Who's the protagonist in "Moby Dick"? When was the Battle of Hastings? What was the Treaty of Utrecht? What's the Third Amendment to the Constitution of the United States? Ah, but I'll bet you know the lyrics to this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF "THE FLINTSTONES" THEME SONG)

Unidentified Man (Actor): (as Fred Flinstone) Yabba dabba doo!

SIMON: Fifty years ago this week, "The Flintstones" debuted on ABC-TV. They're the modern Stone Age family. ABC aired the cartoon adventures of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, from 1960 to '66. And they've been in reruns ever since, from Sheboygan to Shanghai.

The series was set in the town of Bedrock around 10,000 B.C. But Fred and Barney bore a detectable resemblance to Jackie Gleason and Art Carney on "The Honeymooners," with Fred saying yabba dabba doo rather than one of these days.

P: Adolf Eichman was put on trial, "The Fantasticks" premiered, President Eisenhower signed a civil rights bill, the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina finally integrated, and John Kennedy was elected president of the United States.

And 50 years later, people are still saying yabba dabba doo.

(SOUNDBITE OF "THE FLINTSTONES" THEME SONG)

Unidentified People: (Singing) When you're with the Flintstones, have a yabba dabba doo time, a dabba doo time. We'll have a gay old time.

SIMON: You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News.

Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.