Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (1979)

TV Series  |   |  Animation, Family
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 46 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Add a Plot

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 376 titles
created 17 Apr 2012
 
a list of 335 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 
a list of 86 titles
created 13 Nov 2013
 
a list of 78 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (1979)

Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (1979) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fred and Barney Meet the Thing.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1979  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An updated animated series centering on the Caped Crusader himself as he partners and deals with his fellow superheroes in the DC Comics universe.

Stars: Diedrich Bader, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor
Spider-Man (1994–1998)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A young man with spider-like abilities fights crime as a superhero in New York City while trying to have a normal personal life.

Stars: Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine, Roscoe Lee Browne
Fantastic 4 (TV Series 1967)
Animation | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Four costumed superheroes battle the world's most terrifying villains.

Stars: Gerald Mohr, Paul Frees, Jack DeLeon
Spider-Man (1967–1970)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A teenage boy with the powers of a spider fights crime as the Webslinging Wonder.

Stars: Paul Kligman, Paul Soles, Peg Dixon
Spider-Woman (TV Series 1979)
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The adventures of a female superhero with spider-like abilities.

Stars: Joan Van Ark, Bryan Scott, Larry Carroll
Animation | Action | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Spider-Man battles crime in New York City with the help of Iceman and Firestar.

Stars: Dan Gilvezan, Kathy Garver, Frank Welker
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Stars: Gay Autterson, Joe Baker, Mel Blanc
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Joe Baker ...
 The Thing (12 episodes, 1979)
John Erwin ...
 Ronald Radford (12 episodes, 1979)
...
 Spike (12 episodes, 1979)
Wayne Morton ...
 Benjy Grimm (12 episodes, 1979)
Noelle North ...
 Kelly (12 episodes, 1979)
Marilyn Schreffler ...
 Betty, Miss Twilly (12 episodes, 1979)
...
 Turkey (12 episodes, 1979)
John Stephenson ...
 Dr. Harkness (12 episodes, 1979)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Animation | Family

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 1979 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gimmicky? Of course not! (*cough*)
22 June 2005 | by (Burlington, VT) – See all my reviews

By the time this came on the air I was getting a little old for Saturday Morning Cartoons, but I watched them anyway, especially when they featured one of my favorite comic book characters, the Thing, who is basically a super-strong hero who looks like he's composed of orange rocks.

I kind of wondered about the title, but by then I'd caught on to the gimmick of two kids' shows being packaged into a "super-show" or "power hour" or whatever. The real idea was to pair two 1/2 hour shows together so young viewers would watch the whole hour.

The Thing and Fred & Barney only appeared together in the credits and some quick bits throughout the show. I didn't mind these so much, as the Thing is kind of a comic character, having four fingers like most "funny" cartoon characters, as well as a Brooklyn accent and a "Bowery Boy" demeanor.

Being the weaker of the two shows, the Thing got sandwiched in between the Fred and Barney segments. Here's where it got disappointing. The Thing was now "Benjy" Grimm, a scrawny red-haired teenager who could turn into the the title character by using a "Thing-Ring."(One episode explained that the Thing was originally a middle-aged test pilot like he was in the comics; he became "Benjy" when an attempt to turn him human again misfired.) Worse, there were no super-villains, only the Yancy Street Gang, a group of comical punks. Funny super-heroics I don't mind. Trite super-heroics is another, er, thing.

As for the Fred and Barney segments, they were like watching the Honeymooners' later reunion shows - Still great characters, but no one could think of anything new for them to do.

Apparently the Thing show flopped, because it was soon retitled "Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo" and showed "Shmoo" episodes with Fred and Barney, though I think the Thing segments were still part of it.

Still, I was glad the Thing at least got on the air. In the 70s, superhero fans took what they could get. Now Superheroes star in video games and big-budget movies every other week, and I barely even check them out. Go figure.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?