What Was the Inspiration for the Flintstones Cartoon and Were the Flintstones Based On Real People?

The Flintstones cartoon wasn’t initially based on anyone.

The show was about a couple, their child, and a dog living in prehistoric times.

However, as the show progressed, Hanna-Barbera company founder Joseph Hanna thought it looked too much like the comic strip “Blondie,” so he added a working-class spin by blatantly copying the look, voices, and personalities of Ralph and Alice Kramden of “The Honeymooners.”

It still didn’t mesh, so he took it a step further, he added Barney and Betty Rubble to mimic the roles, personalities, and voices of Ed and Trixie Norton, too.

Now he had a hit, and “The Flintstones” ran in a primetime slot for six years and has been in syndication ever since.

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