The Flintstones and The Jetsons

Although these classic cartoons were set in very different times—one in a prehistoric era when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and the other in the futuristic time that it seems like we’ll never reach with flying cars and meals in a pill—they both feature common work-related themes, including a focus on the boss being a dictatorial authority who made the rules without a lot of input from anyone else in the company, even if their idea might actually have merit.

The AV business takeaway: There’s also a focus and celebration around the clock hitting 5 o’clock every day, a sign Fred Flintstone and George Jetson were doing their jobs simply for the paycheck, not for the satisfaction of a job well-done or any interest in their particular task. You can certainly see notes of Homer Simpson in both Fred and George too. — Craig MacCormack

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