The Space Car

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The Space Car
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Premiere date: October 7, 1962
Starring: George O'Hanlon
Penny Singleton
Daws Butler
Janet Waldo
Jean Vander Pyl
Don Messick
Howard Morris
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writers: Barry E. Blitzer
Directors: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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"The Space Car" is the third episode of The Jetsons season one. It aired on October 7, 1962 on ABC. It was written by Barry E. Blitzer and produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the series and the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

A mix-up causes George and Jane to get into the identical flying car of the bank robber, Knuckles Nuclear.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

George: Elroy! I told you not to fly in the house. Just look at that wall.
Elroy: It's okay, Pop. I'm wearing my crash helmet.
George: And why weren't you at school?
Elroy: Because it's Saturday.
George: S-Saturday? Now what am I doing up so early if it's Saturday?
Elroy: Well, you said that today's the day you're going to buy a new car, Pop!

Judy: Why, Daddy! When did you learn to cook?
George: When I was a Boy Rocket scout, one of our tykes was in charge of the frozen dinners, and-
Jane: George, you're still in charge of the frozen dinners. Your food isn't cooked.
Elroy: Pop didn't set the timer!
George: Elroy!
Judy: It's okay. I'm on a diet, anyhow.

George: Y'know, I feel like we just attended a board meating!
Jane: Don't be ridiculous, George. Why must be husbands always make fun their wives driving?
George: It helps to hold down the panic.
Jane: Well, if that's the way you feel about it, here. You take over it.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
George Jetson George O'Hanlon
Jane Jetson Penny Singleton
Elroy Jetson Daws Butler
Judy Jetson Janet Waldo
Gloria Jean Vander Pyl
Knuckles Nuclear Daws Butler
Knuckles Nuclear's moll Jean Vander Pyl
Bank guard #1 Don Messick
Bank guard #2 Howard Morris
Bank manager Don Messick
Henry Orbit Daws Butler
J.B. Don Messick
Board member #1 Don Messick
Board member #2 N/A
Officer Oranium Howard Morris
Judge Don Messick
Car dealer Don Messick
Alice Penny Singleton
Alice's husband George O'Hanlon
Alice's mother Jean Vander Pyl
Jane's mother
Sergeant Unavailable




  • Space 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: October 7, 1962 on ABC

Behind the scenes


  • When talking through the visaphone, Jane still has to tell George it's her, but this may have be done as a joke more than anything else.

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パパの大手柄 Daddy's Major Pattern

Home availability