The Jetsons (TV series)

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The Jetsons
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On-screen title card.
Created by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Network: ABC
Syndication
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Screen Gems
Worldvision Enterprises
Original release: September 23, 1962—March, 1963; September 16, 1985—November 12, 1987
Run time: 22 minutes
Starring: George O'Hanlon
Penny Singleton
Daws Butler
Janet Waldo
Jean Vander Pyl
Don Messick
Frank Welker
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Bob Hathcock
Jeff Hall
Alex Lovy
Berny Wolf
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Arthur Alsberg
Tony Benedict
Don Nelson
Art Scott
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Ray Patterson
Art Davis
Oscar Dufau
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora
Alan Zaslove
Charlie Downs
Paul Sommer
Gordon Hunt (voices)
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The Jetsons is an American animated TV sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for ABC. It originally ran from 1962-1963, for 24 episodes. It was the third prime-time sitcom geared towards adults, after The Flintstones and Top Cat. The series was revived between 1985 to 1987, with 51 other episodes, but aired as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming block in syndication.

It was the Space-Age counterpart to The Flintstones, who lived in the Stone-Age, where life was assisted by dinosaurs and birds, whereas The Jetsons lived in a far-off future utopia, with robots and other fantastical gadgets eased everyday lives. The humor of it, though, was that they still found life difficult.

The series is largely about the middle-class George Jetson dealing with the everyday problems of his loud boss, Cosmo Spacely, despite his mundane routine of pushing a button to get Spacely's factory working. He also deals with family life, having to fulfill the needs and expectations of his wife, Jane, teenage daughter, Judy, and preadolescent son, Elroy. He also has to deal with an overly loving pet dog and a snappy robot maid. In the second season, an alien named Orbitty was added to the family.

Soon after this new version ended, two TV movies followed, which were The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones and Rockin' with Judy Jetson, followed by a seemingly de facto series finale in Jetsons: The Movie, a theatrically released film by Universal Pictures in 1990. 27 years later in 2017 (with Hanna-Barbera having been absorbed into Time Warner in the late 1990s), Warner Bros. Animation produced the first and only direct-to-video film, The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania.

A live-action film has also been in the works since the 1980s. In 2017, a live-action TV series was announced to be executive produced by Gary Janetti, Jack Rapke, and Robert Zemeckis, and written by Janetti for ABC. With a name as big as Zemeckis, things will surely get moving quickly... Not. Nothing has been announced since.

The entire series has been released on DVD, while the first season has been released on Blu-ray Disc.

Production

Development

Aftermath

Between 1963 and 1985, Hanna-Barbera first attempt in reviving the series was in the form of a sequel that would have aged Judy and Elroy by ten years. It was pitched to CBS in 1974, but the network rejected it and had Hanna-Barbera retool it as Partridge Family 2000 A.D.

In the 1990s, Ed Scharlach wrote a pilot for a new series, but was canceled when Time Warner acquired the studio by purchasing its parent company, Turner Entertainment.

Music

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, who also composed and arranged the theme song, with lyrics written by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna. The music was directed by Paul DeKorte for the second season, then Joanne Miller was the director of music supervision for the third season, according to the credits.

Theme song lyrics

Meet George Jetson
His boy, Elroy
Daughter, Judy
Jane, his wife

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"Rosey the Robot" 1x01 September 23, 1962
"A Date with Jet Screamer" 1x02 September 30, 1962
"Jetson's Nite Out" 1x03 October 7, 1962
"The Space Car" 1x04 October 14, 1962
"The Coming of Astro" 1x05 October 21, 1962
"The Good Little Scouts" 1x06 October 28, 1962
"The Flying Suit" 1x07 November 4, 1962
"Rosey's Boyfriend" 1x08 November 11, 1962
"Elroy's TV Show" 1x09 November 18, 1962
"Uniblab" 1x10 November 25, 1962
"A Visit from Grandpa" 1x11 December 2, 1962
"Astro's Top Secret" 1x12 December 9, 1962
"Las Venus" 1x13 December 16, 1962
"Elroy's Pal" 1x14 December 23, 1962
"Test Pilot" 1x15 December 30, 1962
"Millionaire Astro" 1x16 January 6, 1963
"The Little Man" 1x17 January 13, 1963
"Jane's Driving Lesson" 1x18 January 20, 1963
"G.I. Jetson" 1x19 January 27, 1963
"Miss Solar System" 1x20 February 3, 1963
"Private Property" 1x21 February 10, 1963
"Dude Planet" 1x22 February 17, 1963
"TV or Not TV" 1x23 February 24, 1963
"Elroy's Mob" 1x24 March 3, 1963
"Elroy Meets Orbitty" 2x01 September 16, 1985
"Rosie Come Home" 2x02 September 17, 1985
"Solar Snoops" 2x03 September 18, 1985
"Judy's Birthday Surprise" 2x04 September 19, 1985
"SuperGeorge" 2x05 September 20, 1985
"Family Fallout" 2x06 September 23, 1985
"Instant Replay" 2x07 September 24, 1985
"Fugitive Fleas" 2x08 September 25, 1985
"S.M.A.S.H." 2x09 September 26, 1985
"One Strike, You're Out" 2x10 September 30, 1985
"Mother's Day for Rosie" 2x11 October 1, 1985
"S'No Relative" 2x12 October 2, 1985
"Dance Time" 2x13 October 3, 1985
"Judy Takes Off" 2x14 October 7, 1985
"Winner Takes All" 2x15 October 9, 1985
"The Mirrormorph" 2x16 October 11, 1985
"The Cosmic Courtship of George and Jane" 2x17 October 14, 1985
"High Moon" 2x18 October 15, 1985
"Hi-Tech Wreck" 2x19 October 17, 1985
"Little Bundle of Trouble" 2x20 October 18, 1985
"Elroy in Wonderland" 2x21 October 22, 1985
"The Swiss Family Jetson" 2x22 October 23, 1985
"Rip-Off Rosie" 2x23 October 24, 1985
"Fantasy Planet" 2x24 October 28, 1985
"Space Bong" 2x25 October 30, 1985
"Haunted Halloween" 2x26 October 31, 1985
"Astro's Big Moment" 2x27 November 1, 1985
"Jetsons' Millions" 2x28 November 4, 1985
"The Wrong Stuff" 2x29 November 5, 1985
"The Vacation" 2x30 November 7, 1985
"Team Spirit" 2x31 November 11, 1985
"Future Tense" 2x32 November 12, 1985
"Far-Out Father" 2x33 November 13, 1985
"Dog Daze Afternoon" 2x34 November 15, 1985
"Grandpa and the Galactic Goldigger" 2x35 November 19, 1985
"Robot's Revenge" 2x36 November 20, 1985
"To Tell the Truth" 2x37 November 22, 1985
"Boy George" 2x38 November 25, 1985
"Judy's Elopement" 2x39 November 27, 1985
"The Century's Best" 2x40 November 29, 1985
"A Jetson Christmas Carol" 2x41 December 13, 1985
"Crime Games" 3x01 October 19, 1987
"ASTROnomical I.Q." 3x02 October 21, 1987
"9 to 5 to 9" 3x03 October 23, 1987
"Invisibly Yours, George" 3x04 October 27, 1987
"Father/Daughter Dance" 3x05 October 29, 1987
"Clean as a Hound's Tooth" 3x06 November 2, 1987
"Wedding Bells for Rosey" 3x07 November 4, 1987
"The Odd Pod" 3x08 November 6, 1987
"Two Many Georges" 3x09 November 10, 1987
"Spacely for a Day" 3x10 November 12, 1987

Cast

In popular culture

  • In the film The Terminator, Sarah wears a Jetsons t-shirt while getting ready for her date.
  • In the film Demolition Man, Spartan calls Dr. Cocteau "Spacely Sprockets" after he first meets him.
  • In the Moesha episode "The Ditch Party", Hakeem calls the Mitchell family the Jetsons, as part of the recurring joke of him referring to the family as popular families, whether they be fake or real. His reason for calling them the Jetsons, is because Frank has the same haircut as George.
  • In the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Malcolm Babysits," Malcolm is told he can't have a robotics kit by his mom because it is too expensive ($90). Hal also adds that robots are evil, such as Rosie, who he also considers to be creepy.
  • In the Jeopardy! episode "Producer's Pick episode 4 (Jeffrey Schwartz Game 4), the question for "TV & Movie Common Bonds" for $600 is Berta, Alice Nelson, Rosie the Robot, with the response being who are maids/maids and housekeepers.

Comic Book Men

  • "Stash Wars": When the guys talk about the background of a cartoon they'd like to live in, Ming picks Jetsons.
  • "To the Bat Cave": Mike's favorite talking dog is Astro.

Family Guy

Main article(s): Family Guy
  • "Brian in Love": In the closing titles, George takes Astro for a walk on the hovering treadmill, which ends disastrously for George when Astro starts chasing the cat that has jumped on their treadmill. Astro and the cat end up jumping off and watch George caught spinning around on the treadmill screaming for Jane. In "Brian in Love", the scene continues with George eventually finding his way back inside the house, with bruises and a torn shirt, excuses Elroy to leave, and then chastises Jane for not hearing his cries for help. Jane can only apologize, although she is not forgiven. Seth MacFarlane voices George and Elroy, while D.D. Howard voices Jane.
  • "From Method to Madness": Peter thinks it's fine for Stewie to go into acting at such a young age because he thinks Elroy turned out okay. But Elroy has grown up to become a poor drunk. He gets taken out of a bar by its bouncer and put into a taxi driven by another former child star Bamm-Bamm Rubble. The bouncer tells Bamm-Bamm to take Elroy home, but he wants to go to Astro's grave, instead.
  • "Meet the Quagmires": Peter and Brian's tampering with the timeline has caused them to get flying cars, which Brian attributes as Al Gore being in office. The scene then shifts to an authentic take in the opening theme song where George drops off everyone to their destinations, only this time George stops Jane from taking his wallet when she doesn't accept the money he gives her. She says she was just going to buy groceries, but George cries, "Bullcrap!" Immediately after when Peter and Brian discuss how to get Death's attention (who transported them into the past to begin with), Jane's body drops to the ground, with her money falling on top of her dead body and the sound of George's space car swooshing away. Bergman and Beth Littleford voice George and Jane, respectively.
  • "Play It Again, Brian": A caricaturist interprets Lois and Brian as Jane and Snoopy, respectively.
  • "Something, Something, Something Dark Side": Among the probes shot out of the Star Destroyer is Elroy in his pod on his way to Little Dipper School. This is accompanied by the "His boy, Elroy" part of the theme song.
  • "Pilling Them Softly": When Quagmire fires Peter from his kitchen show, Peter says he can only be fired by Mr. Spacely, who pops up on the set and fires him without remorse, which causes Peter to sadly walk away. Mr. Spacely is voiced by MacFarlane.

Teen Titans Go!

Main article(s): Teen Titans Go!
  • "Sandwich Thief": In the future, when Nightwing opens his front door, it makes the same jingle as the doorbell from Jetsons.
  • "Robin Backwards": In the Bizarro World, Boy Beast can transform into a kid resembling Elroy.

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