The Century's Best

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The Century's Best
Premiere date: November 29, 1985
Run time: 21:56
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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'"The Century's Best" is the fortieth episode of The Jetsons season two, and the sixty-second overall. It aired on November 29, 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.

After Orbitty gets randomly picked to decide who is the best person to represent the 21st century a thousand years later, each of the Jetson family vie for his attention by recounting to him a favorite moment in their lives.

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Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
George Jetson George O'Hanlon
Rosie Jean Vander Pyl
Judy Jetson Janet Waldo
Elroy Jetson Daws Butler
Orbitty Frank Welker
Jane Jetson Penny Singleton
Jane Fondue
Astro Don Messick
Roddy Rocket Unavailable
Gary Gammaray Unavailable
Albert Isotope Unavailable
Dolly Perfect Unavailable
Curly Quasar Unavailable
Andy Andromeda Unavailable
Mickey Meteorite Unavailable
Nick Nova Unavailable
Mimsy Boragrove Unavailable
Flash Flotsam Unavailable
Maitre'd Unavailable
Francois Unavailable
Pookums Unavailable
Pookums's owner Unavailable
Milo McRocket N/A
Awards presenter Unavailable





  • Flying cars





The music was composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: November 29, 1985 in syndication

Behind the scenes

  • There are flashbacks to "Elroy Meets Orbitty," "Judy's Birthday Surprise," "The Cosmic Courtship of George and Jane," and "SuperGeorge."
  • The Jane Fondue workout is a parody of Jane Fonda's workout.
  • Albert Isotope is a parody of Albert Einstein.
  • Dolly Perfect is a parody of Dolly Parton.
  • Spacely appears in a single flashback from "Judy's Birthday Surprise", but it's from a group "Happy birthday", drowned out by the rest of the cast, so Mel Blanc's voice isn't used.
  • When the Jetsons are declared as the best family of the 21st century, the presenter announces them the same way they are announced in the theme song.


  • The morning mask in this episode is different from the way it looked in "The Space Car," which realistically matched the wearer's face and included hair, unlike the one in this episode, which is now blue without hair.

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