Picks and Pans Review: The Flintstones

updated 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Cartoon Network (Mon.-Fri., Aug. 3-7, 8 p.m. ET)

Thirty-two years after The Flintstones ended its six-season prime-time run on ABC, we can still chuckle at the animated antics of that "modern Stone Age family." (Fans, feel free to sing the entire theme song.) We like the way Wilma Flintstone uses a baby mastodon's trunk as a vacuum cleaner; the way her hubby, Fred, and good neighbor Barney Rubble pay homage to Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton with every word and gesture; and, most of all, the way the pop-culture references and old-fashioned sitcom plots carry us back to the prehistoric 1960s. This week, Cartoon Network airs its choice of the Top 10 Flintstones episodes on a two-a-night basis. If you can spend only one hour in Bedrock, make it Wednesday. At 8, a blow on the head turns uncouth Fred into a Shelley-spouting aesthete. At 8:30, Fred dons a monster costume as stunt double to the star of a low-budget horror flick. As the song puts it so quaintly, "you'll have a gay old time."

Bottom Line: Yabba-dabba-do tune in

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