Did you know: The First Couple to be Shown in the Same Bed Together on Prime Time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone?

Fred-and-Wilma-FlintstoneThis occurred during The Flintstones’ original run on ABC from 1960 until 1966. Many falsely claim that the Ricardos from I Love Lucy were the first couple to do so, but in fact Lucy and Ricky slept in separate beds for the duration of that series.

This remained the case even through Lucy’s onscreen pregnancy!

The animated series bears such a strong resemblance to CBS’s The Honeymooners that its basic plot and characters are commonly assumed to have been inspired by the real-life sitcom, which premiered five years earlier.

However, this supposed correlation is a point of contention between the cartoon’s creators.

William Hanna has gone on the record to state: “At that time The Honeymooners was the most popular show on the air, and for my bill, it was the funniest show on the air.

The characters, I thought, were terrific.

Now, that influenced greatly what we did with The Flintstones...The Honeymooners was there, and we used that as a kind of basis for the concept.

” His partner Joe Barbara, on the other hand, disputes this assertion, saying: “I don’t remember mentioning The Honeymooners when I sold the show, but if people want to compare The Flintstones to The Honeymooners, then great. It’s a total compliment. The Honeymooners was one of the greatest shows ever written.”

 

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