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The first episode of The Flintstones aired on September 30th, 1960. The hit Hanna-Barbera show was broadcast on ABC for six years, and over 50 years later it’s still incredibly popular with all ages. The story about a modern stone-age family from the town of Bedrock was a comedy goldmine, juxtaposing contemporary working-class issues in a prehistoric setting. Here are some things you never knew about the animated show.

1. It was originally an adult show

When The Flintstones was first created it was originally marketed to an adult audience and was co-sponsored by Winston cigarettes. However it veered into kid territory and later was sponsored by the more age appropriate Welch’s instead. However most age groups could enjoy it as it played on multiple levels.

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2. The famous theme song didn’t come along until season three

The first two seasons of the show a song called “Rise and Shine” was used for the intro, but then by season three the famous theme song “Meet the Flintstones” was brought in and remained for the duration of the series.

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