The Flintstones

Season 2 Episode 16

The Gambler

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 05, 1962 on ABC

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  • A good episode for Gambling Anonymous! :!:

    William Hanna and Joseph Barbera managed to do what nobody else had done before them in the cartoon industry, as they premiered and made a full length, 30 minute prime-time cartoon series. And setting the modern family in the stone age and making all of the technology run through prehistoric methods was a pretty clever idea. The first season was a little shaky as the characters will still trying to find their voices and the animation design was being refined, but in season 2, things really started to come together. This episode is one of those great, early examples of being both hilarious and teaching an important moral lesson at the same time. Gambling is fun and okay in short bursts, but it can be really harmful to someone who has little to no self-control over themselves once they start gambling. This was one of the earliest examples of a show dealing with an obsessive-compulsive disorder, and that it takes good friends, and a good plan, to realize you have a problem, admit you have a problem, and take the proper steps to deal with it. This episode did a good job in addressing all of these issues. Like most of the episodes of "The Flintstones," this one was a winner and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to know how to help someone or help their selves take care of a troubling gambling problem. :idea: Enough said, true believers! ;)
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