The New Fred and Barney Show
GenreAnimation, Comedy
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes17
Production
Executive producers
ProducerArt Scott
Running time30 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions[1]
Original release
NetworkNBC
ReleaseFebruary 3 (1979-02-03) –
October 20, 1979 (1979-10-20)

The New Fred and Barney Show is an American animated television series revival and spin-off of The Flintstones produced by Hanna-Barbera that aired on NBC from February 3 to October 20, 1979.[2] The series marked the first time Henry Corden performed the voice of Fred Flintstone for a regular series.[3]

Overview

These new episodes were composed of the traditional Flintstones cast of characters such as Fred and Barney's children Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm as toddlers, after having been depicted as teenagers on The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show on CBS in 1971; they returned to the form of teenagers on The Flintstone Comedy Show in 1980 on NBC.[4] Some plots were familiar Flintstones stories while others consisted of new misadventures with witches and werewolves, as well as spoofs of late 1970s fads.

A second season of seven new episodes combined with reruns of The New Fred and Barney Show were broadcast on the package program Fred and Barney Meet the Thing and later on Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo.[5]

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track.

Episodes

Season 1

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
11"Sand-Witch"February 3, 1979 (1979-02-03)
Fred and Barney end up with a broken wheel in the middle of a haunted forest while on their way to a bowling alley, and find the nearest house possible to call for help, unaware that the kindly old lady living there is a man-eating witch.
22"Haunted Inheritance"February 10, 1979 (1979-02-10)
Fred learns that he is the beneficiary of the fortune of an aristocrat to whom he was kind when he was disguised as a quarry worker, but tension arises when he discovers that he is not the only one and that the winner of the beneficiary competition gets it all.
33"Roughin' It"February 17, 1979 (1979-02-17)
Fred believes that "modern" technology is making life too easy and boring, and attempts to live life like an "old-fashioned" caveman, even though he is out of practice.
44"C.B. Buddies"February 24, 1979 (1979-02-24)
Fred and Barney each purchase a new C. B. system which enables them to talk to each other from their cars, but trouble appears when they power them up too much.
55"Bedrock Rocks"March 3, 1979 (1979-03-03)
Two members of a famous rock band, the Cavemen, come to Bedrock for a concert tour. After overhearing Mr. Slate's desire to have his wife see them for her birthday, Fred tries to fix the Cavemen up with the Slates. When this fails, he and Barney try their hand at impersonating them.
66"Blood Brothers"March 10, 1979 (1979-03-10)
Fred and Barney save a couple from a car accident who turn out to be the reformed vampire Count Rockula and his new wife "Poopsie". Though Fred and Barney are still terrified of him, Rockula places himself in their debt and does his best to befriend them and make them his "blood brothers".
77"Barney's Chickens"March 17, 1979 (1979-03-17)
A magician brainwashes Fred into believing he is a giant chicken and Barney accidentally repeats the same process with Fred and several others until he realizes that his only option is to track down the magician and ask him to fix the problem.
88"The Butler Did It...and Did It Better"March 24, 1979 (1979-03-24)
Fred purchases a new robot butler named Rollo and is initially satisfied until Rollo soon shows that he can do almost everything better than Fred.
99"It's Not Their Bag"March 31, 1979 (1979-03-31)
While playing golf, Fred and Barney accidentally find a bag of money stolen from the Bank of Bedrock, and must evade the two robbers responsible.
1010"Barney's Luck"April 7, 1979 (1979-04-07)
Barney stumbles across a strange coin which seems to bring him good luck to no end (to the point that he wins the star prize on a game show for losing), frustrating Fred so much that he becomes determined to prove that the coin is not responsible.

Season 2

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
111"Stone Age Werewolf"September 8, 1979 (1979-09-08) 1
Fred and Barney go on a fishing trip to an island rumored to be haunted by a werewolf, but once they arrive, bad weather forces them to stay in the cabin of a friendly old man who is also the island's only resident.
122"Fred & Barney Meet the Frankenstones"September 15, 1979 (1979-09-15) 1
After Fred and Barney are loaded with household chores, Fred sees an ad for a new condorstonium called Deadrock Arms and decides to check it out with Barney only for them to discover that it is a rather haunted establishment run by Frank Frankenstone and his family. Count Rockula makes an appearance in the episode as one of the patrons.
133"Physical Fitness Fred"September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22) 1
Jealous of Wilma and Betty's attraction to famous Hollyrock star Clark Gravel, Fred goes all out in a training regimen to get himself in shape in order to impress his wife.
144"Moonlighters"September 29, 1979 (1979-09-29) 1
With prices skyrocketing and Mr. Slate reducing their salaries after misinterpreting their request for a raise, Fred and Barney try out various part-time jobs to compensate for their cash loss, in the process attempting to avoid being seen by Mr. Slate in order to keep their pride.
155"Fred Goes to the Houndasaurs"October 6, 1979 (1979-10-06) 1
Wilma buys a pet Houndasaur without Fred's consent, which leads to no end of trouble for Fred, especially when he unknowingly comes across the Houndasaur's food and tries to patent it. Meanwhile, Dino becomes jealous of the Houndasaur and Fred receives complaints from the police.
166"The Bad Luck Genie"October 13, 1979 (1979-10-13) 1
While fishing, Fred accidentally finds a bottled genie, who becomes their wish-granting servant but whose results seem to be more troublesome than beneficial. The episode makes references to classic fairy tales such as Aladdin and Pinocchio.
177"Dinosaur Country Safari"October 20, 1979 (1979-10-20) 1
In order to avoid going to an opera, Fred and Barney take Wilma and Betty on a Dinosaur Country Safari, but Fred disobeys the noticeboard ordering visitors to stay in their cars, which leads to both Fred and Barney ending up trapped in a pterodactyl's nest and attempting to fly their way out.

Voice cast

References

  1. ^ "The modern Stone Age family has its golden anniversary". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 209–214. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. p. 94. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  4. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 104–108. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  5. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 333–344. ISBN 978-1476665993.