Did the Flintstones Do Commercials for Winston Cigarettes?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

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…
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Did the Beverly Hillbillies’ Theme Song Have Alternate Lyrics for Each of Their Sponsors?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: The Beverly Hillbillies’ original theme song included two alternate verses (each one about their sponsor)!

It was quite typical in the early days of television (heck, well into the 1960s, even) for the sponsor of a television program to be mentioned at the beginning of the show and even for the characters on the show to incorporate the sponsor into the opening of the show. However, it typically was a sort of tacked on part to the credits, sort of like how PBS has all of the sponsors of their shows directly preceding their programs.

To wit, after the theme song of Gilligan’s Island, you’d have Bob Denver walking on the beach and then they’d tell you the sponsor of the show. Shows would also do commercials featuring their characters at the end of show.

Beverly Hillbillies, though, did one better than most other show – they worked their sponsors into their famous theme song (and please note that I am not saying that Beverly Hillbillies was the ONLY show to do this – it is only especially notable here because the theme song is so famous)!


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