September 30 in Sci-Fi History: The Flintstones Come to ABC

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Sep 30, 2017

Historic Fall TV premiere season continues with some pretty obscure but fantastic offerings. Listen, we’re going to talk about The Flintstones for a bit, but first, take a deep breath. It was on this day in 1965 that Thunderbirds premiered.


Created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the show featured so many British marionettes, you won’t know what to do with yourself. YouTube clips are sparse for American IP addresses, but the show is running on Hulu, and ... has even been remade in New Zealand. 

Now then. Today, on this day in 1960, America was introduced to The Flintstones.

Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the show broke pretty serious ground as America’s first prime-time cartoon. The mythology of the show went deep and added a ton of characters over the years.

Also, they did the Bedrock Twitch:

In 1962, the show's success gave birth to a sort-of spin-off: The Jetsons, which ended up relegated to Saturday morning shortly thereafter. The Flintstones was television’s most successful cartoon franchise, only to be unseated later by The Simpsons, which often pays homage to it.


The Flintstones ran for 6 years on ABC before its cancellation in 1966. The world was always curious about a live-action movie, and we were finally blessed with a (let’s be honest, fairly disastrous) version starring John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins in1994.

So there you have the modern stone age family.

One last thing before you go -- Manimal premiered on this day in 1983. Just wow.

Tomorrow: English birthdays and The Cartoon Network