On a Futuristic Family


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Meet George Jetson
Works at Spacely’s Sprockets
Work computer is RUDI, Referential Universal Digital Indexer
Grandson to Montague Jetson
“Jane! Stop this crazy thing!”
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Jane, his wife
A dutiful and pleasant homemaker who loves shopping, fashion, and gadgets
Her favorite store is Mooning Dales
A fan of artists Leonardo de Venus and Picasso Pia.
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Daughter Judy
Student at Orbit High School
Typical teenage girl
Full name: Judith Angela Jetson
Crush on rockstar drummer Jet Streamer
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His boy Elroy
Attends Little Dipper Schools
Loves space sciences
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Household
Family lives in the Skypad Apartments in Orbit City
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Rosie
Their outdated household robot (an XB-500) to do the housework
Only two episodes of the original 1960s show
The original spelling of Rosie’s name is “Rosey
Character modeled after Shirley Booth’s Hazel character
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Astro
The family dog
Every word begins with an “R” when speaking
I ruv roo, Reorge
Pre-Jetson name was Tralfas, and he belonged to the fabulously rich Mr. Gottrockets
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Henry Orbit
Apartment repair man
Mac, his robot, has a crush on Rosie
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Cosmo G. Spacely
George’s boss and owner of Spacely Space Sprockets
His secretary is Miss Galaxy
Married to Stella Spacely, and they have one son – Arthur
“Jetson! You’re fired!”
Cogwell Cogs is the main business competitor
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Background
Produced by Hanna-Barbera as a Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones
Basically 1950s sitcom plots in a futuristic setting
Setting in 2062 (100 years in the future)

The original series aired on Sunday nights on ABC from September 23, 1962, to March 17, 1963, with primetime reruns continuing through September 8, 1963

After primetime, the series aired on Saturday mornings for decade on all three major networks

24 original episodes

The first program ever to be broadcast in color on ABC-TV

Music by Hoyt Curtin

Voices actors include Daws Butler, Don Messicks, Mel Blanc, and George O’Hanlon

Tribute to Telstar by The Tornados (December 1962 chart topper)

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History of the Jetsons

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Closing Credits

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65 thoughts on “On a Futuristic Family

  1. I love the Jetsons! Have you written about Woody Woodpecker? I’m sure we have a woodpecker near Casa Debbio. I hear the noise and it reminds me of Woody.

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  2. The part I remember was when they answered the phone (using a screen) they could put on mask that covered up their early morning look. Now that we have Skype, i am looking for the mask!

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  3. “The Jetsons Intro,” timed at 1:02 sec., is perfect for the opener to your newest marching band show – “SALUTE TO THE JETSONS!” I look forward to seeing it on the field soon.

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  4. Great Saturday morning post, Frank! When reading your facts about this one, I just had to laugh thinking about the dog that spoke with every word beginning with “R”…I ruv roo, Reorge. (instant smile!)

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  5. oooh, and I remember the Jetsons, and that cool song and their oh so fash-forward daughter (the little me used to love her) and the poor husband whose wife used to take all the money!! And the vid-chat!! LOL. still waiting for “up in the air” houses!! 😛

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  6. I loved the Jetsons, but one thing that always drove me crazy (Okay, still does) was the whole gravity thing. If they were in space, wouldn’t they have been floating around?

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  7. I loved the Jetsons, too, Frank! Watching the first video, I remembered that introductory song and the fun jazz riffs (although I didn’t really know what jazz was until much later).

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  8. They must be relatives to Fred Flintstones friend Barney. Never heard of Jetson, but loved Flintstone. Great to get a chance to meet Jetson’s … thanks, Frank.

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  9. Love, love, love the music for The Jetsons – thanks, Frank, for crediting Hoyt Curtin. TV music of that time was so influenced by big band jazz – all those NYC jazz musicians moved to LA in the 50’s and 60’s and influenced TV music for a long time. And I love the show just on the futuristic theme – great memories!

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    • Lynn,
      Cheers to your joy of a wonderful show. Meanwhile, because I know you catch the music angle of cartoons, I try to include them, so thanks for your influence on me!

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  10. I loved the Jetsons, too, Frank. I am so surprised to hear there were only 24 episodes. I feel like we watched it for years and years and I don’t remember it being repetitious, but maybe that just speaks to how much my brother and I enjoyed it. I can remember being so excited as a child to think what it was going to be like in the future! LOL! Fun memories here!

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  11. Ri rove rove rove rhis! This was one of my favorites and my friends and i perfected talking like Astro when out on recess–I seem to remember the teachers kaboshing our attempts in the classroom. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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  12. Hi there Frank. I understand that the Flintstones was a commentary on the American family of the fifties and the sixties, suggesting that not much had changed since man lived in a cave, and walked around with a club. But what was the message of this futuristic cartoon? Was it that things would never change and that even in the future, the American family would be just the same as it was at that time? What do you think was the point of these cartoons? Did they provide some sense of security to people of that time?

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    • Shimon,
      I’m not sure I would agree with “not much had changed since man lived in a cave, and walked around with a club” because I think The Flintstones was simply a 50s show with a Stone Age setting …. and The Jetson’s being a 50s show set 100 years in the future.

      The 1950s in the US was a family era with the typical family with Dad working, Mom at home with the kids, a family car, dinners together, a television, and more …. and that is very evident in both shows.

      Thanks for your thoughts and questions.

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  13. I love the Jetsons. As a kid I really thought we would have flying cars by 2000. As a middle ager I am disappointed that my youthful dream inspired by this series never happened, not yet at least.

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  14. The Jetsons have sure scored a hit with your following Frank! I must admit that I loved them, too. The animation was meh, but that theme song was great and the storytelling was fun. A few years ago when I was away on vacation, I was so desperate for a fix of the Gina Lollajupiter episode, I found it online and watched it. She holds up. I always dreamed of having a TV like George’s where he’d press that button and the actors would appear in his living room. He activated that feature plenty with Gina. I would, too.

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  15. I loved the Jetsons. There used to be a coffee shop here in NY that had very odd futuristic decor, we used to call it the Jetsons coffee shop because of it. They don’t make cartoons like this anymore, alas. It was clever, clever stuff.

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  16. I remember when Jane would put on a drop-down mask before talking to her mom via videophone. I distinctly remember thinking, “I wonder if we”ll ever be able to SEE the people we’re talking to.” Enter Skype, Macs, and smart phones. I’ve lived to see the day!

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