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New Fred and Barney Show, The

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Original Air Date:
1979
Channel:
NBC
Prod. Co.:
Hanna Barbera
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Characters & Voices
Fred - Henry Corden
Wilma - Jean VanderPyl
Pebbles - Jean VanderPyl
Barney - Mel Blanc
Betty - Gay Autterson
Bamm - Bamm
Mr. Slate - John Stephenson
 
For the first time in several years, Hanna-Barbera produced new 30-minute misadventures of the complete Flintstone and Rubble families in 1979ís The New Fred and Barney Show. The early 70ís Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show had kept the gang in the limelight, but the Archies-influenced musical shenanigans (featuring a teenage Pebbles and Bamm Bamm in a bubblegum pop group) bore little resemblance to the original Flintstones.

The New Fred and Barney Show put the Flintstone and Rubble offspring back where they began-as wee, adorable babies. In fact, aside from the slightly altered animation and Fredís new voice (Alan Reed had passed away in 1977), The New Fred and Barney Show felt a lot like the original Flintstones. Fred still dreamed up zany schemes, Barney still went along and Wilma and Betty still came to the rescue when the schemes backfired.

The New Fred and Barney Show was still clearly a child of the 70ís, however. In addition to the Scooby-Doo-esque adventures with witches and werewolves, the show spoofed such contemporary fads as C.B. radio and the physical fitness craze.

New episodes of The New Fred and Barney Show mixed with 13 classic Flintstones episodes to fill out the early 1979 season, but by that fall, the gang had a brand new companion segment. Fred and Barney Meet The Thing showcased brand-new Fred and Barney episodes, along with the adventures of rocky orange Fantastic Four strongman The Thing (with a very different origin story).

In December of that year, yet another classic character joined the show, forming the 90-minute Fred and Barney Meet The Shmoo. The unlikely cartoon threesome banded together through the end of 1980, when the entire show was overhauled into another 90-minute extravaganza, The Flintstones Comedy Show.
 
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