"Royal Rubble" is the thirteenth episode of the sixth season and the one hundred and fifty-third overall episode of the original series, The Flintstones. It aired on December 10, 1965.


Barney is mistaken for the long-lost Prince of Rockabia, which seems like good fortune until he learns that the sentence for abdication from the throne is death. The appearance of the real prince releases Barney from his royal ordeal.


Rockarabians mistake Barney for their long-lost Prince and atop their mastodon transport follow Barney, Betty, Bamm-Bamm, and the Flintstones from Cobblestone Beach to the driveway of the home of Flintstone. Bowing before the supposed Prince Barbaruba, two diminutive Arabs require that Fred, Wilma, and Betty emulate this gesture, and a flattered and bemused Rubble is adorned with a turban and robes and conveyed to a luxurious Bedrock hotel, the Rocktop Place, where an Arab entourage is staying. Betty initially comments that the prospect of Barney being regal is exciting, but Fred, totally disbelieving of the Arabs' claim and entirely irreverent of their ways, goes to the Rocktop to rescue his friend (by pole vaulting to a top-story window) from blissful opulence, only to himself become enticed into it at Barney's invitation.

Fred and Barney share a meaty meal and recline on decadently comfortable Arabian furniture, but circumstances change drastically when Barney learns that he must have a harem (a hundred stampeding wives), and he and Fred flee the amorous women and their brawny Arab guard, with a resulting chase through the hotel.

Suddenly, an Arab appears with the true Prince Barbaruba, and Barney is denounced as an impostor. The Arabs release Fred and Barney on the orders of the true monarch, and the two friends return home to their worried wives.




  • Flintstone home
  • Cobblestone Public Beach (only appearance)
  • The Rocktop Plaza Hotel (only appearance)


  • Bedrock Slab (only appearance)
  • Football
  • Pole vaulting stick (only appearance)


  • Roast pterodactyl (only appearance)
  • Filet of soleasaurus (only appearance)
  • Rockaplincers (mentioned)
  • Brontosaurus burgers




Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Harem Girls
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Desk Clerk
Gerry Johnson Betty Rubble
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Rockarabian Man #3
Prince Barbaruba
Harvey Korman Rockarabian Man #2
Allan Melvin Rockarabian Man #1


  • This time, the newspaper is the Bedrock Slab.
  • Rockarabia is a spoof of Arabia.
  • Filet of soleasaurus is a spoof of filet of sole.


  • None known.

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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