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TIL The Flintstones was the most financially successful and longest-running network animated television series for three decades, until The Simpsons surpassed it in 1997.

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Simpson, Homer Simpson, He's the greatest guy in history.

From the Town of Springfield, He's about to hit a chestnut tree.

AAAAAHHH! (crashes into a chestnut tree)

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I haven’t watch the flintstones in like twenty years but the theme came to mind immediately.

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I about died laughing when I saw that the first time and can't hold back right now.

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Do they even still make Flinstones chewable multi vitamins anymore?

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Probably, the brand really only exists now for cereal and vitamins, though the last piece of media from it was in 2015 with a wwe crossover movie

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I prefer flinstones chewable morphine

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You said flinstones not flinTstones.

I thought it was flinstones my entire life until 5 minutes ago when I read the article. I take it you did as well?

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I live in an Eastern-European ex-communist country. The Flintstones was on state TV even in communism, under the title "Adventures in the Stone Age". I remember it as a kid. Hell, my mom knows it and she's 74 and definitely hasn't seen it since the fall of communism ('89)

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The Flinstones only six seasons though, so not totally exceptional.

The Simpsons had a great 8-9 seasons before it began to decline. And it’s now on…33!?

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I mean, Flintstones had 166 episodes in 6 seasons, and Simpsons was in their 8th season when they made their 166th episode. Episode 147 of Flintstones (introduction of the great gazoo) is generally where it's considered they "jumped the shark", and episode 180 of the Simpsons (principal and pauper) is they they are generally considered to have jumped it, so I don't know if seasons are the most accurate quantifier.

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I still watch the Treehouse of Horror every year. But other than that not a single episode in at least 15 years

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· 2 mo. ago

6 seasons in that era was quite atypical. That's not far off what Perry Mason ( a flagship show ) ran.

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Who is even still watching?

Only time I hear anything about the show anymore its ridiculous stuff like recasting Doctor Hibbert because its racist to have a non-black voice actor play the character.

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And it’s now on…

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>!?

South Park did an episode where the various schemes a character (Butters as Professor Chaos) tried to plan were all ripped off from various Simpson's episode and his side kick would tell time the Simpson's did that. At the end of the episode, one of the Butters came across the rest of the cast doing the brine shrimp civilization and shouted that the Simpsons did that too. The characters started to morph into Simpson's characters and said basically so what. The Simpson's have done everything.

The Simpson's have released more episodes since that South Park parody than they have made before it. They crossed that line around 5 years ago.

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In the UK they keep showing the same episodes over and over, so I lost interest. I haven't seen it in years.

I wish the UK terrestrial would start showing South Park again. I have no idea why it was taken off the air.

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How do they reconcile the fact that homer would be a millennial now with the established lore

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