The Little Man

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The Little Man
Network ABC
Premiere date January 13, 1963
Starring George O'Hanlon
Penny Singleton
Daws Butler
Janet Waldo
Don Messick
Mel Blanc
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) Tony Benedict
Director(s) William Hanna
Voice director(s) Joseph Barbera
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"The Little Man" is the sixteenth episode of The Jetsons season one. It aired on January 13, 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 accidentally goes through the Minavac, which shrinks him down to six inches high. The only way he can return to regular size, is by stealing a cog from Cogswell Cogs.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Narrator (voice only) Don Messick
Mr. Cogswell's secretary Unavailable
Mr. Cogswell Daws Butler
Mr. Spacely Mel Blanc
George Jetson George O'Hanlon
Officer Oranium Don Messick
Jane Jetson Penny Singleton
Astro Don Messick
Judy Jetson Janet Waldo
Elroy Jetson Daws Butler
Guard #1 Don Messick
Guard #2 Daws Butler
Mrs. Spacely (photo) N/A





  • 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

  • This episode establishes that Spacely and Cogswell have more than just a simple rivalry, they buy each other's main products off each other.
  • This is the first time Officer Oranium's name has been used and his hair has been seen.


Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パパ 受難の日 Daddy's Day of Suffering

Home availability