Fred and Barney Meet The Thing

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Fred and Barney Meet The Thing
Premiere September 8, 1979
Finale December 1, 1979
Creator Bill Hanna, Joseph Barbera (Flintstones characters),
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (The Thing)
Network/Provider NBC
Style 60-minute animated comedy / superhero action
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions,
Marvel Comics (co-production on The Thing segments)
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises (until 1990)
Turner Program Services (1990–1996)
Warner Bros. Television (1996– )
Seasons 1
Origin USA

Fred and Barney Meet The Thing (1979) is an animated comedy / superhero action program. It was a package show which featured new and rerun episodes from two unrelated shows, The New Fred and Barney Show and The Thing. Although the name would imply that the characters from the different shows interacted with another, this only happened in the intro and bumpers, and not in the episodes themselves. After running only 11 weeks, it was expanded to 90 minutes and became Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo.

The Thing segment involved the orange rock-skinned superhero from the Fantastic Four but his other self is completely unrelated. This Ben Grimm is a teenager who, when he joins the two halves of his ring together and chants "Thing Ring, do your thing!", becomes the Thing to keep his friends Betty Harkness, her tomboyish younger sister Kelly and Betty's rich and snobbish boyfriend Ronald Radford safe from evildoers, including recurring foes the Yancy Street Gang, a trio of crude and buffoonish bikers. Of the main characters in that segment, only Kelly and her and Betty's father, scientist Dr. Harkness, know of Benjy's secret identity as the Thing.

Fred and Barney Meet The Thing was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, with the Thing segments co-produced by Marvel Comics. While The Walt Disney Company owns the Thing character through Marvel Comics due to its purchase of that company in 2009, the entire series (including the Thing segments) is owned by WarnerMedia, with distribution handled by Warner Bros. Television.



Actor Character Duration
Main cast - Fred and Barney
Henry Corden Fred Flintstone 1
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble 1
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone 1
Pebbles Flintstone 1
Gay Autterson Betty Rubble 1
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble 1
John Stephenson Mr. Slate 1
Main cast - The Thing
Wayne Morton Benjy Grimm 1
Stretch 1
Joe Baker The Thing 1
Marilyn Schreffler Betty Harkness 1
Miss Twilly 1
Noelle North Kelly Harkness 1
John Erwin Ronald Radford 1
Art Metrano Spike 1
Michael Sheehan Turkey 1
John Stephenson Dr. Harkness 1


DVD Releases

There has not been a DVD release for this show.

External Sites

The Flintstones Franchise
TV Shows

The FlintstonesThe Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm ShowThe Flintstone Comedy HourThe Flintstone Comedy ShowFred Flintstone and FriendsThe New Fred and Barney ShowFred and Barney Meet the ThingFred and Barney Meet the ShmooThe Flintstone Comedy ShowThe Flintstone FunniesThe Flintstone KidsCave KidsYabba Dabba Dinosaurs

Motion Pictures

The Man Called FlintstoneThe Flintstones (live-action)The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (live-action)