TV or Not TV

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TV or Not TV
Premiere date: February 17, 1963
Starring: George O'Hanlon
Penny Singleton
Daws Butler
Janet Waldo
Don Messick
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writers: Tony Benedict
Directors: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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"TV or Not TV" is the twenty-first episode of The Jetsons season one. It aired on February 17, 1963 on ABC. It was written by Tony Benedict, and produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the series and the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

George & Astro think they've witnessed a robbery, which is actually from a TV show. They then go on the run, after a shady-talking guy from the TV studio turns up.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Jane Jetson Penny Singleton
Astro Don Messick
Elroy Jetson Daws Butler
George Jetson George O'Hanlon
P.J. Don Messick
Nimbly Unavailable
Sergeant Moon Daws Butler
Judy Jetson Janet Waldo
Mr. Spacely
Henry Orbit Daws Butler
Announcer Unavailable
Soapy Sam Unavailable





  • Flying cars





When The Jetsons originally aired, no title cards were present. They were only added when the series was revived in 1985, and the original episodes were given title cards for consistency when they were all packaged together for The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. Notably, they all include Orbitty, who wasn't in the original series.


The music was composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: February 17, 1963 on ABC

Behind the scenes

  • This is the first time a police sergeant is named.
  • Space Gems T.V. Productions is a parody of Screen Gems, the original distributors of The Jetsons.


Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 恐怖は突然やってくる Fear Comes Suddenly

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