The Flintstones returning to TV with new animated series
Variety reports that The Flintstones are rolling back into town with a brand new animated series officially in the works at Warner Bros. Animation. WB will team with Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions for the new series, described as “a primetime animated adult comedy series based on an original idea featuring characters from The Flintstones.”
No official network is attached to the new series, but there’s plenty of places that The Flintstones could land.
A comical take on a prehistoric family, The Flintstones followed the titular family of Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles, plus their neighbors The Rubbles and a variety of prehistoric beasts functioning as household appliances and tools.
First debuting in 1960, The Flintstones ran for six seasons, setting a record for a primetime animated series that would not be beat for nearly 30 years (when it was overtaken by The Simpsons). There have since been several spin-offs and new shows from The Flintstones including The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Flintstone Comedy Hour, The New Fred and Barney Show, Fred and Barney Meet The Thing, The Flintstone Comedy Show, and The Flintstone Kids.
The main characters have enjoyed a healthy life after their series as spokesmen for Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles since the 1970s. The franchise was previously brought to the big screen as a live-action film in 1994 and was followed by a sequel, The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, in 2000.