"Circus Business" is the fifth episode of the sixth season and the one hundred and forty-fifth overall episode of the original series, The Flintstones. It aired on October 15, 1965.


Fred invests his income-tax refund in the purchase of an ailing circus. The performers, whom the former owner left unpaid, walk out on him, so Fred and Barney try to put on a show themselves.


Having received a $35 tax refund check from the government, a jovial Fred treats Wilma and the Rubbles to leisurely frolic at the Rollem and Clippem Carnival, where they ride a prehistoric roller coaster (a carriage wheeled along the multi-humped back of a large dinosaur) and watch in amazement the feats of the Great Herculo, who can lift a piano on which five men are seated. Mr. Rollem, the carnival owner, is struggling with stagnant cash flow and wants to sell his property and its attractions.

When he succeeds at swindling Fred into paying extra for admission to the carnival, Rollem decides that Fred is the ideal "pushover" buyer of the beleaguered circus and arranges to have people on his payroll form lines at the ticket booths of all of the rides and acts which Fred, Wilma, Betty and Barney desire to experience, to give the impression to Fred that the Rollem and Clippem Carnival is a popular and viable operation, and Fred is only too eager to purchase it with the remainder of his money from the government. Rollem hastens to depart the site.

To Fred's shock, the circus performers and side-show oddities (fortune-teller Madame Rocksand, Gummo the Rubber Man, midget, eight-feet-tall giant, fat lady, skinny man, and a man-woman two-face), all disgruntled with low pay, quit. And circus owner Fred is ordered by a policeman to provide a performance, or go to jail for false advertising. "The show must go on," with Wilma selling admission and ride tickets and cooking brontosaurus burgers; Betty acting as usher; Dino, Hoppy, Pebbles, and Bamm-Bamm supplying sprightly music; helmeted Barney doing the Human Cannonball stunt; and blindfolded Fred riding a bicycle on a high wire, losing his balance, and being spared from a fall by a mighty Bamm-Bamm.

Performances and attendance figures are admirable, and the former "stars" of the carnival are so impressed by the pluck of new owner Flintstone that they agree to return to work. Rollem asks Fred to sell the carnival back to him, and Fred agrees, not one to enjoy the constant pressures of circus showmanship.


Other Characters

  • Mr. Marble (only appearance)
  • Stanley Rollem (only appearance)
  • Gwendolyn Rollem (only appearance)
  • Patsy (mentioned)
  • Rocky Rockhead (only appearance)
  • Rover the Dog Faced Boy (only appearance)
  • Herculo (only appearance)
  • Madame Rocksand (only appearance)
  • Gummo the Rubber Man (only appearance)
  • Mr. His-'n'-Hers (only appearance)
  • Thin Man (only appearance)
  • Tom (only appearance)
  • Two Faced Man (only appearance)
  • Clowns (only appearance, no lines)
  • Oil prospector (only appearance)




  • Paintbrush (only appearance)
  • Bucket of purple paint (only appearance)
  • White-painted bench (only appearance)
  • Wet paint sign (only appearance)
  • Oil drill (only appearance)




Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Fat Lady
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Stanley Rollem
Clipper Bird
Circus Bird
Gerry Johnson Betty Rubble
Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Gwendolyn Rollem
Madame Rocksand
Half Woman
Hal Smith Lawn Mower
2nd Head
Rocky Rockhead
Rover the Dog Faced Boy
Henry Corden Dick/Attendant
Half Man
Allan Melvin Mr. Marble
1st Head
Thin Man


  • Don Messick wasn't available for this episode, so Gerry Johnson filled in for him as Bamm-Bamm in a few lines.


  • In one scene where Fred is wearing a hat, the hat simply disappears from his head for no apparent reason.

Season 6 of The Flintstones
"No Biz Like Show Biz" • "The House That Fred Built" • "The Return of Stony Curtis" • "Disorder in the Court" • "Circus Business" • "Samantha" • "The Great Gazoo" • "Rip Van Flintstone" • "The Gravelberry Pie King" • "The Stonefinger Caper" • "The Masquerade Party" • "Shinrock A Go-Go" • "Royal Rubble" • "Seeing Doubles" • "How to Pick a Fight with Your Wife Without Really Trying" • "Fred Goes Ape" • "The Long, Long, Long Weekend" • "Two Men on a Dinosaur" • "The Treasure of Sierra Madrock" • "Curtain Call at Bedrock" • "Boss for a Day" • "Fred's Island" • "Jealousy" • "Dripper" • "My Fair Freddy" • "The Story of Rocky's Raiders"
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