Many TV shows spin characters off into their own shows as soon as possible.
The Flintstones's studio Hanna-Barbera, however, waited 6 years before giving that program's progeny their own show. Perhaps it was the huge back catalog of Flintstones reruns that deadened the need for a new vehicle. In any case, Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble got their own gig in the fall of 1971. Unlike their folks, who were on in primetime, the kids turned up on Saturday morning and were now teenagers. Four high school chums joined the duo, and Fred, Wilma, Betty and Barney were also present (with original voices). Plots were simpler, and the hipper cultural references and commentary from the original were absent. The show actually devolved into a one-trick dino, with Pebbles (voiced by Sally Stuthers) getting Bamm-Bamm (Jay "Dennis the Menace" North) and the rest of the gang into some sort of jam with a "brilliant" idea. Speaking of jams, the DVD set does not include the songs that followed the episodes. These tunes, some quite catchy, were ostensibly played by the gang's band, The Bedrock Rockers. Their omission is a mystery; it likely has something to do with song publishing rights. (P.F. Wilson) Grade: B+
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