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Flintstones, Meet the Flintstones. (Part 1)

The Flintstones celebrate their 50th Anniversary today. Hard to imagine anyone in America not knowing about the Flintstones. What, you been living under a rock?

If you don't know, their a "modern stone age family" from the town of Bedrock. They drive stone cars peddled with their feet, eat brontosaurus burgers at the drive thru, and live in a ranch-style stone home in a typical stone age suburb. Fred Flintstone and his best friend Barney Rubble work at the rock quarry, are on the bowling league for their recreation, and are members of the Loyal order of Water Buffalos. At the end of a long day, they come home to their loving wives, Wilma and Betty. And of course Dino, the dog-like dinosaur. They're a classic all-American family reflective of the values of the era. Not the stone age, but the  1960-1966. 

Based fairly directly on the classic TV show the Honeymooners, the Flintstones became a hit. It aired originally in primetime, was sponsored by Winstone cigarettes, and was the first animated series to show a couple sleeping in the same bed. Although far tamer by today's animated series such as the Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy, the Flintstones had a definite sexual undertone. Fred and Barney and Wilma and Betty formed a tight suburban foursome, living not only next door, but seemingly so closely integrated into each other's lives that they were "more than just friends."

Even as a kid, there seemed to be some strange sexual tension in the power dynamic. Fred was a loving husband and best friend, but quick to anger. The dominant male over both his wife and his buddy Barney. Barney was the shorter sidekick, passive to Fred's testosterone. As the couples played cards together, went to the movies together, dined together on double dates, there was always a sense that at any point they could carry that into the bedroom. Spice up their suburban life.

I always thought that Betty, married to the passive and diminutive Barney, might be attracted to the larger, more bull-like Fred, while Wilma, tired of Fred's boorish nature, might turn to the more sensitive and gentle Barney.

Both Wilma and Betty seemed to be real hotties. Probably married by age 20, they were certainly still young and attractive. It was clear that either Fred or Barney would be stoked to bed either of them.


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