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The Flintstones was the most profitable network cartoon franchise for 30 years, that’s before The Simpsons came along.

The Flintstones was the most profitable network cartoon franchise for 30 years, that’s before The Simpsons came along.
The Flintstones was the most profitable network cartoon franchise for 30 years, that’s before The Simpsons came along.

The Flintstones is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series takes place in a romanticized Stone Age setting and follows the activities of the titular family, the Flintstones, and their next-door neighbors, the Rubbles (who are also their best friends). It was originally broadcast on ABC from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966, and was the first animated series to hold a prime time slot on television.

The continuing popularity of The Flintstones rests heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting. The Flintstones was the most financially successful and longest-running network animated television series for three decades, until The Simpsons, which debuted in late 1989, outlasted it. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second- of all time (after The Simpsons).


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