Test Pilot

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Test Pilot
Network ABC
Premiere date December 30, 1962
Starring George O'Hanlon
Penny Singleton
Daws Butler
Janet Waldo
Don Messick
Mel Blanc
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) Harvey Bullock
R.S. Allen
Director(s) William Hanna
Voice director(s) Joseph Barbera
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"Test Pilot" is the fourteenth episode of The Jetsons season one. It aired on December 30, 1962 on ABC. It was written by Harvey Bullock and R.S. Allen, and produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the series and the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

After George thinks he doesn't have long to live, he volunteers to test out a prototype jacket that's supposed to be indestructible.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
George Jetson George O'Hanlon
Jane Jetson Penny Singleton
George's mother
Elroy Jetson Daws Butler
Judy Jetson Janet Waldo
Astro Don Messick
Mr. Spacely Mel Blanc
Robot secretary Unavailable
Professor Lunar Daws Butler
Mr. Cogswell Daws Butler
Doctor Ken Radius Don Messick
Announcer Don Messick
British newscaster Don Messick
French newscaster Mel Blanc
Russian newscaster George O'Hanlon





  • 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:

Behind the scenes

  • The first season didn't have title cards when it originally aired. The title card comes from when the series was revived in the 1980's for a second season.
  • Spacely gives his middle initial as "C."
  • The BBC is a real-life TV studio in Britain.
  • George is 40-years-old.


  • The Fooder-Aca-Cycle that serves real food has been replaced by a dial-up machine that serves pill supplements.
  • Spacely says "Cogswell Cogs," but the sign reads "Cogswell's Cogs."
  • Usually, newspapers are shown on TV screens, not physically printed.
  • Spacely Space Rockets went out of business at the end of the episode, but by the next episode, George and Spacely are already back at work.

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パパのテストパイロット Daddy Test Pilot

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