Fred Flintstone and Friends
|Fred Flintstone and Friends|
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Opening theme||"Fred Flintstone and Friends" by Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||95|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|Original release||October 3, 1977– September 1, 1978|
|Preceded by||The Flintstone Comedy Hour|
Fred Flintstone and Friends is a 30-minute weekday animated anthology wheel series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Columbia Pictures Television which aired in first-run syndication from October 3, 1977 to September 1, 1978. The series was packaged by Columbia Pictures Television during the 1977–78 television season and was available for barter syndication through Claster Television through the mid-1980s.
The series is hosted by Fred Flintstone and featured a repackaging of the following six Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoons that were originally broadcast by the various networks from 1971 to 1975:
- The Flintstone Comedy Hour ("Fred & Barney" shorts and "The Bedrock Rockers" segments)
- Goober and the Ghost Chasers
- Partridge Family 2200 A.D. (re-titled The Partridge Family in Outer Space)
- The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
- Yogi's Gang
The six series were repackaged from their original half-hour formats into multi-part serialized stories which were introduced by Fred on a daily basis (via voice-overs on brief bumper clips shown in-between segments). The opening title sequence was a composite, using clips from the openings of the various series, along with a new title theme song. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained an inferior laugh track created by the studio.
Henry Corden made his official debut as Fred's speaking voice on this series after Alan Reed died in June 1977; Corden previously appeared as Fred's singing voice in the theatrical film, The Man Called Flintstone, and in the television specials, Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966) and Energy: A National Issue (1977). Corden continued providing Fred's voice in future spin-off series and specials, as well as Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles cereal commercials, until his death in 2005.
- Hanna–Barbera's World of Super Adventure, a later rerun anthology series
- USA Cartoon Express, a cartoon block featuring some of these series
- Sobel, Robert (1977). "Syndicated kidvid lively; top dollar for cartoons" Television/Radio Age, Vol. 25, No. 2. (August 15, 1977), p. 66.