by Rachel Newstead
The Flintstone Flyer
Original Airdate: Sept. 30, 1960
Flintstone Firsts: This is the first time Fred gets clobbered with a stone newspaper, and the first time he shouts his famous line, “Yabba Dabba Doo!”
In short: If you try to put one over on your wife, you could take a POW-der (get it?)
Cliché though it may be, The Flintstones was never any better than when it used that old standby, the “battle of the sexes” plot. Clichés become clichés because they work, after all, and that plotline has not only been a staple of sitcoms from The Honeymooners to According to Jim, but, more often than not, their only reason for being. (Home Improvement, for example, ran for eight seasons solely on that premise).
Perhaps it’s appropriate, then, that when television audiences turned on their sets that fateful night of Sept. 30, 1960, this was the episode they saw. Nothing could scream “this is a sitcom, dammit, not a kiddie show!” louder than an episode in which the boys con their way out of a night at the opera with the wives in order to go bowling. (One could just as easily imagine Tim Taylor stripping off a tuxedo jacket to reveal a bowling shirt). Continue reading