The Flintstones Returning to TV with New Animated Series

Lawrence Kim
July 13, 2019

Actress-producer Elizabeth Banks is teaming up with Warner Bros Animation on an animated adult comedy series based on characters from the original cartoon that ran for six seasons and more than 150 episodes on ABC between 1960 and 1966.

First debuting in 1960, The Flintstones ran for six seasons, setting a record for a primetime animated series that would not be beat for almost 30 years (when it was overtaken by The Simpsons).

Unfortunately, as of now, there's no indication in Variety's report as to how The Flintstones reboot will be different from the classic iteration of the show or where the idea came from.

The animated sitcom followed the titular Stone Age family, who lived in Bedrock next door to their best mates, Barney and Betty Rubble. Animation and Elizabeth Banks' production company, Brownstone Productions. We've also seen the iconic characters reimagined in several live-action movies, with John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins initially stepping into the roles of Fred and Wilma in 1994.

Over the years, there have been various attempts to bring the show back to life since its cancellation in 1966, including short-lived spin-off shows like The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (which ran for one season between 1971 and 1972), The Flintstone Comedy Hour (1972-73) and The New Fred and Barney Show (1979).

It was followed up six years later with The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, led by Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Kristen Johnston.

'It's still in the early stages.

Meanwhile, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! - an animated show aimed at children about the adventures of Flintstone and Rubble kids, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm - is set to premiere on Boomerang next year, according The Hollywood Reporter.

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