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The Jetsons was an animated prime-time television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1962 to 1963. After being re-run on Saturday morning for decades, new episodes were produced in 1984, 1985, and 1987 for syndication. The show is essentially the futuristic counterpart of The Flintstones; both cartoon series, created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, were family sitcoms projecting contemporary American situations into the far-flung past, or as in this case, the future.

George Jetson worked for a short, tyrannical boss named Cosmo G. Spacely, owner of the company Spacely Sprockets. Mr. Spacely had a competitor, W.C. Cogswell, owner of the rival company Cogswell Cogs. All homes and businesses were raised high above the ground on narrow poles, and George commuted to work in a flying saucer with a transparent top.

In the original closing credits, George came home and tried to walk Astro, the Jetsons' family dog, but when Astro noticed a cat by the electronic dog walk, Astro began to chase it and George got caught into the dog-walk. Astro and the cat both looked on as George cried "Jane, stop this crazy thing!" This was obviously a counterpart to the Flintstones' closing credits in which the saber-toothed cat put Fred Flintstone out for the night. When new episodes were made in 1984, 1985 and 1987, the credits were static picture captions entirely of static captions (like most of H-B's shows of the time). This sequence also replaced the original credit sequence for the 1960s episodes.

Again, like the Flintstones, much of the show's humor came from the way the cartoon parodied everyday 20th Century living. While the Flintstones lived in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons lived in a universe of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.

Other Jetson family members included Jane Jetson, the wife and homemaker; teenage daughter Judy and preteen son Elroy. Housekeeping was seen to by a robot maid, Rosie; she only appeared in two episodes of the original 1960s show, excluding her appearence in the closing credits, but made many appearences on the 1980s show.

The family dog Astro could mumble, just as Scooby-Doo later on could. This is not surprising as the voice actor for both characters was Don Messick. Astro's best known line indicates impending trouble: "Ruh-ro!"

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Last Airing Oct 27, 1987
Premiere September 23, 1962
Episodes 75
Network ABC/CBS/NBC/Syndicated
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
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