Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo
Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo is a 90-minute Saturday morning animated package show and a spin-off of The Flintstones produced by Hanna-Barbera which aired on NBC from December 8, 1979 to November 15, 1980. It contained the following three segments:
- The New Fred and Barney Show (a revival of The Flintstones)
- The Thing (based on the Marvel Comics superhero Thing)
- The New Shmoo (based on the Li'l Abner comic strip character Shmoo)
|Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo|
|Directed by||Ray Patterson|
|Voices of||Henry Corden|
Jean Vander Pyl
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||17 (59 segments)|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original release||December 8, 1979 –|
November 15, 1980
|Preceded by||Fred and Barney Meet the Thing|
|Followed by||The Flintstone Comedy Show|
The show was a repackaging of old episodes of The New Fred and Barney Show and The Thing segments (originally broadcast as Fred and Barney Meet the Thing) combined with episodes of The New Shmoo.
Despite the show's title, the segments remained separate and did not crossover with one another. The characters of Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, the Thing and Shmoo were only featured together in brief bumpers between segments, and the original half-hour episodes of The New Shmoo were now split into two-parters, allowing more mingling and mixing of the program's individual segments. In 1980, the Shmoo joined Fred and Barney as part-time police officers on the Bedrock Cops segment of The Flintstone Comedy Show.
Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track, one of their last productions to do so.