The Flintstones: The Complete First Season
The phrase a modern stone-age family accurately describes the irreverence
that is (was) The Flintstones. How can you be a modern stone-age family? Thats
just ridiculous. Even for a cartoon.
Now, with all sarcasm aside, we can remember watching The Flintstones right
before The Jetsons, every single lunch hour in elementary school. It wasnt
the best show on TV, but it was entertaining nonetheless. I doubt theres
a single person alive over the age of twelve that doesnt know The Flintstones.
Fred, Wilma, Betty, Barney, Dino, Bam Bam and Pebbles.
This four-disc set follows the very first adventures of the group, and features
the entire first season, including the long lost pilot episode.
Upon watching The Flintstones now, it doesnt take long to realize the
show doesnt hold up as well as an adult. As early as the first episode,
the show failed to hold my attention, and by the end of the 28 episodes I just
wanted it to stop. It still features a few laughs here and there, but probably
only an average of one good chuckle per show. Although, you can come up with
some good drinking games, such as taking a drink every time Barney does his
laugh, or every time Fred shouts Yabba Dabba Doo! (though we dont
condone that kind of behavior!).
Barney is easily the funniest character (or most amusing, at least), and if
it werent for him, the show probably wouldnt have garnered many
laughs at all.
If youre feeling particularly nostalgic, the first season of The Flintstones
is probably the kind of thing that will appeal to you. But keep in mind that
it just doesnt seem as good now. Best to check out a few episodes first,
then decide if you want to buy.
Each episode is presented in full screen with Dolby Digital mono. Color and
detail look pretty good, but its easy to tell how old the show is. Theyve
done the best they can with the audio, but the dialogue sounds a little muffled
in several of the episodes.
Extras include a history of The Flintstones that you would expect to be a full-length
documentary, but is less than five minutes long. Wacky Inventions
is another short chronicling the, well, wacky inventions on the show. The
Flagstones lost pilot is at least interesting to see, and we also get
some early TV commercials and some network promo spots.
Its not all that glorious, but The Flintstones are finally on DVD.
The Flintstones, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
737 minutes, 1.33:1 full screen, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Created and executive produced by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera
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