Monday Match-Ups: The Flintstones vs. The Jetsons

The Flintstones vs. The JetsonsThe Setup

If the last half hour of Meet the Parents and the same five Malcolm in the Middle reruns we see on cable have taught us anything, it’s that family is the most important thing in this world. Family members will stick by you through thick and thin, and will always be there to pick you up when you’re down, to support you when times are tough, and to take you to that one drive-through that inexplicably serves car-teetering dinosaur ribs. And, it’s comforting to know that family has been and always will be there, from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Of course, what’s a good family gathering without a little conflict? That’s why this week we’re throwing a wrench in floating treadmill system by asking…Which family would win Family Feud, The Flintstones or The Jetsons?

The Contenders

The Flintstones: Fred Flintstone, Wilma Flinstone, Pebbles Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Betty Rubble
The Jetsons: George Jetson, Jane Jetson, Judy Jetson, Elroy Jetson, Rosie

The Verdicts

Allen: As the stage lights turn to focus on our contestants, the crowd gets a look at the two families competing today. Fred’s in one corner picking his teeth with a prehistoric fish bone, ready to win some money. The Jetsons have been preparing all week, and they have the benefit of a robot maid to potentially give them answers. But what does it take to truly be “good” at a game show? Besides luck, it requires reflexes, know-how, and teamwork. As a family unit, the Flintstones have this game in the bag. Without the distractions of the Jetsons’ floating utopia to keep them busy, the Flintstones had time to sit around the stone dinner table and just practice some Family Feud. Even with the benefit of years and years of research, the Jetsons couldn’t find time to learn any of the tricks or even the rules of the game. Rosie manages to stumble upon a good answer at the toss-up, but nobody expected little baby Pebbles to score the top answer on the board. Betty and Wilma also did quite a bit of people-watching at the hair salon just a day before this match, and the family wins the game in a legendary sweep.

James: From the first look at the nuclear families, it would seem that they’re both lacking something: the right number of contestants. Sure, Wilma, Fred and Pebbles are capable, but they still need 2 members, and those members really make or break the team. So who do they choose? Bamm-Bamm could work, or even Dino, but it’s fairly obvious to me that the Flintstones would have to bring in Barney and Betty, who are technically not family members, but close enough for television. I would like to submit that the fan theory is true, and that the Flintstones actually came after the Jetsons, due to their technology which revived the dinosaurs. I would also like to submit that the Flintstones are still a Stone Age family, and as such, they lack any sort of contact with social media. The Jetsons on the other hand clearly have the advantage when it comes to knowledge of pop culture. Plus, for their fifth member, they can just reprogram Rosie their robotic maid. Hey, that’s not against the rules yet. It seems pretty obvious to me that the Jetsons have the competitive advantage.

Magellan: In my opinion, the best Monday Match-Ups are the one’s that seem like no-brainers at first glance, but are actually much more complex the deeper you dig. After all, if you boil this one down to “Who would do better in a game show, a caveman or a spaceman?” the overwhelming majority will favor the spaceman (especially those of us who lost a half an hour of our lives to the first episode of ABC’s Cavemen). Factor in with that the fact that the spacemen have a walking, talking computer-for-brains maid on their team and it all spells Earth-shattering, meteor-sized annihilation for the Flintstone family. However, and I hate to say this on account of my not-so-shameful crush on Jane Jetson (I feel she is unfairly marginalized in the theme song, but that’s a conversation for another mindless ramble), I think the Flintstones still have the edge here. See, if this were any game other than Family Feud, I might see the Jetsons walking away with a victory. As it stands, though, Family Feud isn’t about smarts, it’s about common sense, it’s about really knowing your fellow man. Sure, the Jetsons have flying cars and a fancy robot, but they’re isolated in their future bubbles. The Flintstones have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with their fellow Bedrockians to rebuild their post-nuclear, post-mutation, post-apocalyptic wasteland of a home (once again, another mindless ramble). Not only are the Flintstones better-equipped to play a game all about knowing the thoughts of the common man, they also have so much more to gain by winning.

The Results

The Flintstones win 2-1

It gets tiring sometimes, to be split on the Match-Up verdicts every week. But hey, it’s a living. Not really, though, since none of us here at Pop Modern are going to be spending our mounds of blog cash on a sassy robot maid and a hoop-skirt-clad trophy wife anytime soon. For now, we’re content to pass the time with our families, and to picture Bamm-Bamm furiously whacking Richard Dawson on the head after he tries to lay some of that sweaty charm on Betty Rubble, with Barney belly laughing in the background. Those are the kinds of thoughts that make years of pop culture obsession worthwhile.