Did the Flintstones Do Commercials for Winston Cigarettes?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: The Flintstones did commercials for Winston Cigarettes.

Like I have noted before, integrated commercials within TV shows was the norm in the early days of television. However, it rarely got more surreal than with the Flintstones, the prime time animated program that began airing in 1960.

You see, one of their sponsors the first two seasons was Winston Cigarettes (just like the Beverly Hillbillies, as noted in this legend, as well).

So at the end of the show, they’d do commercials for the cigarettes. It is quite surreal seeing Fred and Barney sneak off to avoid yard work…

only for Barney to pull out a pack of Winston’s…

and the pair start puffing away…

Here, Wilma even gets into the act!

In Season 3, Welch’s became the primary sponsor and things got a lot more normal.

The legend is…

STATUS: True

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