|The characters of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.
Flintstones doing well in syndicated reruns—particularly on Saturdays—CBS executive Fred Silverman approached Hanna-Barbera in 1970 about doing a revival. However, he wanted to
make it a teen-oriented and musical series to try and duplicate the successes
of Filmation’s Archie series and their
and the Pussycats. Joe Ruby and Ken
Spears were assigned the task of making the
modern Stone Age family even more modern. They radically aged the children of
their principle characters to teenagers, and gave them a gang of friends that
could play together as a band whenever the story required it. The result was The
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.
|Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and their gang cruising around Bedrock.
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show debuted on CBS on September 11, 1971. It focused
on the wacky misadventures of teenaged Pebbles Flintstone (Sally Struthers),
her neighbor and boyfriend Bamm-Bamm Rubble (Jay North), and their friends:
Moonrock Crater (Lenny Weinrib), a genius inventor; Penny Pillar (Mitzi
McCall), an overweight girl obsessed with being thin; and Wiggy Rockstone (Gay
Hartwig), a girl who lived by the daily horoscopes. Often, they would find
themselves in sticky situations made even stickier by Pebbles’ schemes to get
them out of trouble, which often backfired (a callback to the schemes of her
father in the original series). Other times, they were at odds with Pebbles’
rival, snobbish Cindy Curbstone (Hartwig), and a biker gang called The Bronto
Bunch. The elder Flintstones and Rubbles made the occasional appearances on the
show, but they were no longer the focus. Another thing of note is that while
Bamm-Bamm did seem to pull off the occasional impossible feat here and there,
the super strength he was originally depicted with as a baby was significantly
|Groovin' to the beat.
As The Flintstones focused on
the juxtaposition of the modern world set amongst a Stone Age backdrop, so too
did Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. Along with everything viewers had come
to expect of the franchise, the show was heavily influenced by its time period.
Lingo, teen idols, drag racing and various activities the kids did for fun were
taken from the trends of the 1970s. The series was written by Neal
Barbera, Walter Black, Larz Bourne, Tom Dagenais, Bob
Ogle, Larry Rhine and Dick
Robbins, with story direction by Brad Case, Carl
Fallberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Alex
Lovy, Lew Marshall, Paul
Sommer and Irv Spector. The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin and Ted
Nichols. It was one of the first Hanna-Barbera
productions to utilize their new limited laugh track.
successful, CBS decided to expand their Flintstones franchise with the
creation of The Flintstone Comedy Hour. Along with new adventures
featuring the elder characters, the Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm characters
were given new shorts and a band called “The Bedrock Rockers” that performed
during the show in between segments. Reruns of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm aired
as the second half-hour of the Comedy Hour. As Struthers had become
committed to her role on the sitcom All in the Family before the original first episode ever even aired, Mickey Stevens replaced her for all the new material produced for
the Comedy Hour. When the show was renamed The Flintstone
Comedy Show, The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm reruns were
dropped from its format and later aired as part of the weekday syndicated Fred Flintstone and
Friends. It would make the rounds later on
cable channel Boomerang.
Charlton Comics published 36 issues of a tie-in comic series from 1972-76. A three-issue revival series and a one-shot were published in 1993 by Harvey Comics. Several styles of lunchboxes were released by Aladdin
Industries featuring the show’s characters. In 2008, Warner
Home Video released the complete
series to DVD as part of their Hanna-Barbera
Classics Collection. It was re-released
in 2017 as part of the Hanna-Barbera
Originally published in 2014. Updated in 2020.