The Flintstones

Season 1 Episode 1

The Flintstone Flyer

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Sep 30, 1960 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Fred fakes illness so he and Barney can get out of taking their wives to the opera.Using a prehistoric helicopter as a means of escape,the two then join their bowling team for a night of fun.They almost get away with their scheme,until loose-lipped Barney gives away their night's activities.moreless

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  • Funny

    This is one of the funny epsiodes that set the tone for the series-Fred and Barney trick their wives so they can go bowling or Whatever but get caught and have to run for their lives. Wilma and Betty are not domestically abused wives only deceived wives. Peek A boo Camera and the Convention. How long do they stay mad? Well in the epsiode where their hsubands are arrested for playing cards and neglecting their babies, fred admits theywives will get over it, in about six months!

  • The skies the limit.

    The first episode of "the Flintstones" is one of the best of the series. fred and Barney invented the flyer, a helicopter to fly them anywhere they go. But when Betty and Willma wanted to go the opera, fred fakes an illness to that they could go bowling. If I had a choice, I choose opera over bowling. anyway, I like this episode of "the Flintstones." It's one of the best episodes of the series. Usually, the first episode is the best and this here is no exception. the amination is a little bit primative, but I love the episode. It flies.moreless
  • Barney invents a helicopter which Fred names the Flintstone Flyer. They use it to escape from Wilma and Betty and a trip to the opera.

    I do not know where else to place these comments. I had originally put them in the forums of, but that whole site and its forums were deleted two months ago. So now I am trying again.

    These are my comments about "The Flintstone Flyer.

    1. It has the 1960 opening theme.

    2. It features the first appearance by Arnold.

    3. The opera is unnamed, but it is probably one by Richard Wagner.

    4. Fred works for Rockhead & Quarry Cave Construction.

    5. The music that is playing during the Flintstone Flyer scenes is The Man on the Flying Trapeze.

    6. Fred drinks Coconut Koola.moreless
Alan Reed

Alan Reed

(voice) Fred Flintstone

Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc

(voice) Barney Rubble/Dino

Bea Benaderet

Bea Benaderet

(voice) Betty Rubble

Jean Vander Pyl

Jean Vander Pyl

(voice) Wilma Flintstone

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • This episode is possibly the only time we see Betty without her trademark blue ribbons in her hair. Instead she wears a white bone in her hair.

    • Throughout the show's run The Flintstone's address was known as 301 Cobblestone Way, 301 Cobblestone Lane, and 345 Stonecave Road.

    • The Bedrock currency is clams.

    • Steve Byrd is quoted as saying, "By the time Pebbles was born in 1963, the Flintstones were no longer pitching Winstons... they were selling Motorolas and Welch's grape juice. No way would Winstons have sponsored a cartoon sitcom with a baby character."

    • Though this show was on at 8:30 PM, it had a large audience of children. This did not stop the sponsors for tobacco or beer from advertising during the commercial breaks.

    • Cartoon characters have been selling cigarettes for decades on television. During the original network run of The Flintstones, it was sponsored by Winstons. You could watch the main characters smoking Winstons at the end of the show.

    • List of tools that the Flintstones used in most of the episodes.

      Bird Airplane: Bird Alarm Clock: Bird Automatic Door Opener: Bird Broom: Bird Camera: Bird Car Horn: Bird Clothes Pins: Bird Crocheting Needles: Bird Fire Starter: Bird Hedge Clipper: Bird Intercom: Bird Letter Opener: Bird Pen: Bird Pie Maker: Bird Rake: Bird Record Player: Bird Sewing Machine: Bird Whistle: Bumblebee Razor: Cat Broom: Crab Lawnmower: Cuckoo Clock Alarm: Dinosaur Automatic Ball Pitcher: Dinosaur Crane: Dinosaur Drawbridge: Dinosaur Elevator Lift: Dinosaur Mower: Dinosaur Time Clock: Dragon Toaster: Elephant Gas Pump: Mammoth Shower: Mastodon Vacuum: Monkey Lights:Monkey Traffic Signal: Octopus Dishwasher: Pelican Garbage Can: Pelican Mailbox: Pig Garbage Disposal: Porcupine Hairbrush: Porcupine Scrub Brush: Porcupine Sewing Needles: Rabbit TV Antenna: Stegosaurus Food Processor: Swordfish Knife: Triceratops Juicer: Turtle Car Jack: Turtle Checkers Table: Turtle Clothes Iron: Turtle Shopping Cart: Turtle Drum: Turtle Wagon.

    • The year at start was 1,000,040 B.C.

    • Cobblestone was the county Bedrock could be found in.

    • The population of Bedrock was 2,500.

    • The Flintstones aired Friday nights at 8:30pm. The show 77 Sunset Strip followed The Flintstones until the end of the first season.

    • The movie playing at the theater in the opening sequence is called 'The Monster.'

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Barney flies by upside down in his invention)
      Barney: Look, Freddie, the hard way. No hands.
      Fred: And no brains, either.

    • Fred: Barney!
      Barney: Hiya, Fred, neighbor-pal.
      Fred: What are you supposed to be doing besides annoying me on my day off?
      Barney: Practicing golf. Watch this. Fore! (swings and misses the ball)
      Fred: One more "fore" outta you and I'll give you what for.

    • Fred: Oh, Honey?
      Wilma: Yes, Fred?
      Fred: Did you see the Sunday paper?
      Wilma: No, Fred, it hasn't come yet.
      Paperboy: Oh, mr. Flintstone. Here's your paper. Catch! (throws paper which is actually stone knocking Fred to the floor)
      Wilma: Did you get your paper, dear?
      Fred: (straining) Yeah, and I'm lucky it only comes once a week.

  • NOTES (2)