The Flintstone Comedy Hour

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The Flintstone Comedy Hour
1972 Flintstone Comedy HOUR main title card.jpg
Genre Animation
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices of Alan Reed
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Gay Hartwig
Jay North
Mickey Stevens
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 18
Production
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Camera setup Dick Blundell,
Tom Barnes,
Ralph Migliori,
Roy Wade,
George Epperson
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel CBS
Original release September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) – January 26, 1974 (1974-01-26)
Chronology
Preceded by The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
Followed by Fred Flintstone and Friends

The Flintstone Comedy Hour is a Saturday morning animated anthology series produced by Hanna-Barbera. The program originally aired on CBS as an hour-long show from September 9, 1972 to September 1, 1973.

Summary[edit]

The show's first half-hour featured two shorts with Fred & Barney, gags and horoscopes, one short with the cast of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm and two songs performed by the new Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm band called "The Bedrock Rockers" followed by four new episodes and reruns of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show in the second half-hour. The show also featured bad-luck Schleprock, Moonrock, Penny, Wiggy and the Bronto Bunch (Bronto, Noodles, Stub and Zonk) from The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.

Mickey Stevens replaced Sally Struthers as the voice of Pebbles in four new episodes of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show and in brief in-between segments, Struthers at the time being fully committed to her role as Gloria Stivic on All in the Family. This was the final spin-off to feature Alan Reed as the voice of Fred Flintstone before Reed's death in 1977.

For the 1973–74 television season, CBS dropped The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show episodes and repackaged the first half-hour segments of The Flintstone Comedy Hour in reruns under the new title The Flintstone Comedy Show from September 8, 1973 to January 26, 1974. In 1977, the "Fred & Barney" shorts and "The Bedrock Rockers" segments were featured on the syndicated weekday series Fred Flintstone and Friends.[1] The program continued to air in rebroadcasts under The Flintstone Comedy Show title on USA Cartoon Express, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.[2]

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio.

Episodes[edit]

The show's first half-hour episodes usually featured one or two shorts with Fred & Barney, one short with the cast of Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm and two songs by "The Bedrock Rockers"; the characters were also featured in Laugh-In-style gags and horoscopes shown in-between segments.[3][4]

Episode titles Airdate
FCH-1
  • Fred & Barney: "Bird Brained"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Summertime Girl"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Squawkie Talkies"
September 9, 1972
FCH-2
  • Fred & Barney: "The Flying Fools"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Keep in Time"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Bedlam in Bedrock"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "The Stone Ranger Rides Again"
September 16, 1972
FCH-3
  • Fred & Barney: "Cat Burglars"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Keep in Time" / "Being with You"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "The Circus"
  • Fred & Barney: "Pizza-puss"
September 23, 1972
FCH-4
  • Fred & Barney: "Fred Skirts the Issue"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Sunshine Man" / "Hop, Skip and a Jump"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Hair Scare"
  • Fred & Barney: "The Not So Desperate Hours"
September 30, 1972
FCH-5
  • Fred & Barney: "Don't Fence Me In"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Yabba Dabba Doozie" / "Oh, How I Love You"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Monnrock's Spot Remover"
  • Fred & Barney: "Cake Walk"
October 7, 1972
FCH-6
  • Fred & Barney: "The Loving Cup"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Sunny Sun Day" / "Oh, How I Love You"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Bedrock Surfers"
  • Fred & Barney: "Handicapped"
October 14, 1972
FCH-7
  • Fred & Barney: "Something Fishy"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Singing Song" / "Sunshine Man"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Amusement Park"
  • Fred & Barney: "A Pound in Time"
October 21, 1972
FCH-8
  • Fred & Barney: "Dummy Up"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "What's Your Sign?" / "Yabba Dabba Doozie"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Bedrock Radio Rock Festival"
  • Fred & Barney: "Barney the Swami"
October 28, 1972
FCH-9
  • Fred & Barney: "High Noon at Bedrock Pass"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Rock N Roll Circus" / "Sunny Sun Day"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Cinderella"
  • Fred & Barney: "Training Pains"
November 4, 1972
FCH-10
  • Fred & Barney: "Fred's Big Brag"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Being with You" / "Singing Song"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Schleprock's Cousin"
  • Fred & Barney: "Fred's Promise"
November 11, 1972
FCH-11
  • Fred & Barney: "The Big Breakup"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Shadow, Shadow" / "What's Your Sign?"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Bedrock 300"
  • Fred & Barney: "Candid Camerarock"
November 18, 1972
FCH-12
  • Fred & Barney: "Feet First"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "It Should Always be Saturday" / "Rock N Roll Circus"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "The Hobby Show"
  • Fred & Barney: "The Reluctant Candidate"
November 25, 1972
FCH-13
  • Fred & Barney: "Runaway Steaks"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Song of the Season" / "Being With You"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Moonrock's Super Jumping Shoes"
  • Fred & Barney: "Citizen Flintstone"
December 2, 1972
FCH-14
  • Fred & Barney: "The Big Splash"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Flying So High" / "Shadow, Shadow"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Moonrock's Beauty Farm"
  • Fred & Barney: "Stage Flight"
December 9, 1972
FCH-15
  • Fred & Barney: "Oil Fooled"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "It Should Always be Saturday" / "Summertime Girl"
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: ?
  • Fred & Barney: "Sherlock Flintstone"
December 16, 1972
FCH-16
  • Fred & Barney: 'Watch the Birdie"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Song of the Season" / "Flying So High"
  • Fred & Barney: "Mod Clod"
December 23, 1972
FCH-17
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "The Suitor Computer"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Hop, Skip and a Jump"
  • Fred & Barney: "Army Dazed"
December 30, 1972
FCH-18
  • Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm: "Beauty and the Beast"
  • The Bedrock Rockers: "Oh, How I Love You"
  • Fred & Barney: "The Galloping Gourmets"
January 6, 1973

The Bedrock Rockers[edit]

The Bedrock Rockers were Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble and their friends Moonrock, Penny and Wiggy. They performed two songs per episode which included:

  • "And I Love You"
  • "Sunshine Man"
  • "Summertime Girl"
  • "Yabba Dabba Doozie"
  • "Being with You"
  • "Singing Song"
  • "What's Your Sign?"
  • "Hop, Skip and a Jump"
  • "Oh, How I Love You"
  • "Sunny Sun Day"
  • "Keep in Time"
  • "Flying So High"
  • "It Should Always Be Saturday"
  • "Shadow, Shadow"
  • "Rock N Roll Circus"

The music was written by various Screen Gems staffers, which at the time included David Gates (later of "Bread") penning the popular "Summertime Girl" and Tony Dancy (of Tony's Tygers) writing with Craig Fairchild & Jackie Mills on "Being With You". Mills would also write "Sunshine Man" with Leonard Pettit, and "Yabba Dabba Doozie" with Tom Jenkins. The actual group on the recordings were known as the Ron Hicklin Singers, featuring Tom Bahler on lead (he would later go on to pen the classic Michael Jackson song "She's Out of My Life"), John Bahler, Jackie Ward, and Stan Farber. This lineup would record on hundreds of commercials, TV themes, and the Partridge Family LPs. Bahler's lead vocals are also prominent with the group "Love Generation" who had a few LPs in the late '60s as well.

Voices[edit]

Home Media releases[edit]

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm episodes ("Squawkie Talkies", "The Suitor Computer", "Beauty and the Beast", "Bedlam in Bedrock") were released as bonus episodes on the 2-disc DVD set The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show: The Complete Series by Warner Home Video on March 18, 2008. Note that these are simply the shows, they do not feature the musical selections of the Bedrock Rockers, which have not been released in any commercial form. It is unknown when Warner Archive will plan a release of the entire complete series in its original form.

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