Judy's Birthday Surprise

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Judy's Birthday Surprise
Premiere date: September 19, 1985
Run time: 21:59
Starring: George O'Hanlon
Penny Singleton
Daws Butler
Janet Waldo
Don Messick
Jean Vander Pyl
Frank Welker
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writers: Mark Young
Directors: Gordon Hunt (voices)
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"Judy's Birthday Surprise" is the fourth episode of The Jetsons season two, and the twenty-eighth overall. It aired on September 19, 1985 in syndicated markets that featured The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming blocks. It was written by Mark Young, and voice directed by Gordon Hunt.

Judy realizes there's more to popularity when she thinks everyone forgot her birthday.

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Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Astro Don Messick
Judy Jetson Janet Waldo
Nick Nova Unavailable
Andy Andromeda Unavailable
Curly Quasar Unavailable
George Jetson George O'Hanlon
Cosmo Spacely N/A (or indistinguishable)
Elroy Jetson Daws Butler
News reporter Unavailable
Jane Jetson Penny Singleton
Torpedo Tucker
Jet Screamer
Mickey Meteorite Unavailable
Rosie Jean Vander Pyl
Orbitty Frank Welker
Saturn slugs N/A
Henry Orbit




  • Flying cars





The music was composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 19, 1985 in syndication

Behind the scenes

  • The episode tries to fill out time by beginning the episode with Astro chasing a cat, and another scene with George being woken up by his talking alarm.
  • This episode attempts to deal with the popularity of Judy, which was always implied in the first season.
  • Even though Orbit High School had appeared in the opening theme song, it hadn't appeared in a single appeared in season one.
  • Andy Andromeda is the first African American in the series.
  • This episode reveals one source of power for space cars is fuel pellets.
  • Judy mentions a pancake tablet, which replaces real food in this episode.
  • Judy is a Libra.
  • Judy reveals her limerick interest.


  • Even though Judy has her own car in this episode, in later episodes, she talks about wanting her own.
  • Orbit High looks nothing like it does in the opening theme song.
  • Having Spacely at Judy's birthday party seems highly improbable. To add to that, he's only in one shot, and when he says happy birthday, it's simply his mouth moving along with the family saying it. This suggests that it was an addition by the animator(s), instead of a script direction.
  • The boy at the right of Astro, when he pops at the cake, doesn't have lips.

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