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Yabba Dabba Doo: Seth MacFarlane to Reboot the Flintstones

Yabba Dabba Doo: Seth MacFarlane to Reboot the Flintstones (photo)

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“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane has done well with funny fat family men in the past, but when Fox confirmed the news that he will be re-booting “The Flintstones” some eyebrows were raised. What does the guy who brought us moments like this:

have in mind for the much-loved “modern stone age family”? Well, fans of Fred and Barney, need only look so far as the Flintstones-inspired “Family Guy” sketches for a hint of what may lie ahead:

MacFarlane’s desire to helm a reboot of the classic cartoon is not exactly surprising to his fans. Fred and Barney have popped up in “Family Guy” cartoons for years, engaging in the sexual innuendo, crassness, and toilet humor that are par for the course in MacFarlane’s cartoons, including “The Cleveland Show” and “American Dad.” “The Flintstones,” however, revolved around work at the quarry, fights with the neighbors, and family time at the drive-in theater. The most controversial moments came at the Order of the Water Buffalo lodge meetings or maybe in this cigarette commercial. So how will MacFarlane mesh the two visions? More important, are the airwaves ready for this? MacFarlane, for one, speaking at the Fox upfronts, thinks “America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.” Unfortunately we will have to wait until 2013 to find out, as MacFarlane has only just secured the rights to reboot the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

The original Flintstone’s show aired from 1960-1966 on ABC, with several spinoffs, including “Pebbles and Bamm Bamm” and “Fred Flintstones and Friends.” In 1994, John Goodman and Rosie O’Donnell starred in a version on the silver screen, and there was a very unnecessary prequel, “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” in 2000. If “The Flintstones” could survive that, they should be able to weather MacFarlane, too.

Yabba Dabba Doo!

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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