Aug. 31st, 2012

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The Flintstones Comedy Show (not to be confused with the Flintstones Comedy HOUR of 1973) was on the air Saturday mornings from 9am till 10:30 (AN HOUR AND A HALF?!?!?) on your local NBC affiliate in 1980. This revival of the classic Hanna-Barbera stone-age family featured six different segments: The Flintstone Family Adventures (standard Flintstones stories featuring the Flinstones & the Rubbles doing late-70's/early-80's stuff), Bedrock Cops (Fred and Barney are now police officers assisted by the Shmoo as a trainee under the direction of Sgt. Boulder), Pebbles, Dino and Bamm-Bamm (Teenage Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm solving mysteries with Dino, in the tried-and-true HB Scooby-Doo formula), Captain Caveman (a prequel to the 1970's "Captain Cave-Man & The Teen-Angels" cartoon that showed Captain Caveman in his natural stone-age setting), Dino and Cavemouse (The Flintstones version of Tom & Jerry), and The Frankenstones (a hybrid of The Addams Family, The Munsters and The Flintstones).

My biggest complaint about this cartoon was that it seemed to be on ALL MORNING LONG. Flintstones were okay in small doses, but 90 MINUTES??? Three different half-hour time slots where I could have been seeing ANYTHING ELSE??? Nope, that's too much.

(Also aired in a much shorter 30-minute version at 8:00 in 1981/1982, and then as "The Flintstone Funnies" from 1982 till 1984 - check out the hilariously inept re-working of the intro!)
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Tune in at 9:30 on Saturday morning in 1980 to your local ABC affiliate and you'll see "The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show (And Scrappy Too!)" Yeah that's the actual title... Scrappy even ruins the NAME of a show!

This was another "package show" produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, featuring a pretty lenient mix of re-runs and new content. This was the sixth Scooby-Doo saturday morning cartoon show, and was the only Hanna-Barbera package series for which Scooby-Doo was given second billing. But that's understandable, considering that this was Richie Rich's animated debut :)

(Also aired in the 8:00 spot in 1981)


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