In honor of The Flintstones 50th Anniversary today, here's a clip of the opening theme:
When The Flintstones premiered on ABC on September 30, 1960, the "Meet The Flintstones" theme song didn't even exist! It used an instrumental piece for the first two seasons, though it was replaced in syndication with the more well-known theme. Here's a clip of the original opening theme:
Even though the entire series was produced in color, it didn't air in color until its third season.
The Flintstones ran for six seasons, until 1966. Reruns of the series have been syndicated all over the world and currently reside on Boomerang and available on DVD.
Subsequent series and spin-offs (The Flintstones Comedy Hour, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, Flintstones Kids, Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, the Schmoo, a Priest, etc.) have sucked, but there's always was something about that theme song - and the original series. Happy Yabba Dabba Doo Day!