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Original Flintstone’s Opening Sequence
You know, I've always had a soft spot for those alternate openings to TV shows, especially the ones from series I know like the back of my hand. Take "The Flintstones," for example. If you tuned in during its first two seasons, from 1960 to 1962, you’d see something quite different. Instead of the familiar “Quitting Time,” you'd be greeted with "Fred Does Errands." Now, isn't that a switch?
But here's the kicker – why have most of us never seen this version? Well, blame it on syndication. When they decided to put the show into syndication, the powers that be opted for a standardized credit sequence, and they went with the Season 3 and onwards version. You know, the one we all know so well, where Fred slides down the tail of that dinosaur and yells "Yabba Dabba Doo!" That version is practically ingrained in pop culture. But it makes you wonder, doesn't it? If they had stuck with the earlier opening, would we be living in a completely different world today? It’s one of those weird twists of fate that make you ponder the what-ifs of television history. Who knows what other shows might've followed suit if they’d gone with the "Fred Does Errands" approach from the start? Just goes to show, even a simple decision about a TV show opening can have ripples through time. Fascinating, isn't it?
Oh and check out the blue Dino. Perhaps he is Dino I? Like Snowball I in the Simpsons?