The Jetsons

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The Jetsons
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Premiere September 23, 1962
Finale November 12, 1987
Airs Sundays at 11:30 AM on MeTV
Network/Provider ABC (season 1)
First-run syndication (seasons 2–3)
Style 30-minute animated sitcom
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions,
Screen Gems Television (season 1)
Distributor Screen Gems Television (until 1974)
Columbia Pictures Television (1974–1980)
Worldvision Enterprises (1980–1988)
Great American Broadcasting (1988–1991)
Turner Program Services (1991–1996)
Telepictures Distribution (1996–2003)
Warner Bros. Television (2003– )
Seasons 3
Episodes 75 + 2 TV movies
Origin USA

The Jetsons is an animated sitcom that aired on ABC for one season in 1962-1963 and was brought back over 20 years later, in 1985, in syndication. Hanna-Barbera produced the show throughout its run, with Screen Gems handling co-production and distribution of the first season. Following several distributor changes for the show over the years, Warner Bros. Television now owns the distribution rights to The Jetsons.

The Jetsons live in the future in the Skypad Apartments complex in Orbit City, where everything is available at the push of a button and all buildings (which are raised above the ground on adjustable columns) are made in the futuristic Googie architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s. George Jetson, the family patriarch, is a loving (albeit long-suffering) husband and dad and the brunt of verbal abuse from his tyrannical boss at Spacely Sprockets, Cosmo Spacely. Jane is his wise wife, Judy is a typical teenybopper daughter, and Elroy is his all-American-boy son. Astro, the pet dog, was found by Elroy and was brought home and upon being taken in by the family pretty much became George's lapdog. (His canine speech of starting all words with an "r" pre-dated Scooby-Doo by seven years.) In the 1980s syndicated series, they acquired a new pet, a critter named Orbitty.

The show ran one season in prime time on ABC, then moved to Saturday mornings where it had aired on all three networks and in syndicated reruns up to 1981. In 1985, it was revived for first-run syndication where two more seasons were produced as part of the Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera block. Following the series, two TV movies were made, The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons in 1987 and Rockin' with Judy Jetson in 1988. The Jetsons, a theatrical film, was made in 1990 which sparked a minor backlash because Janet Waldo's voice recordings for Judy Jetson were re-recorded by pop-star Tiffany. In recent years, the Jetsons have been used in commercials for Electrasol and Tums. A live-action Jetsons movie is being planned by Warner Bros.

The Jetsons was the first ABC show to be aired in color, but there was a twist. ABC did not have color telecines at the time, so The Jetsons and The Flintstones films were sent to NBC, which transmitted color telecasts of the shows to ABC, which then sent those to affiliates.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
George O'Hanlon George Jetson * * *
Penny Singleton Jane Jetson * * *
Janet Waldo Judy Jetson * * *
Daws Butler Elroy Jetson * * *
Henry Orbit * * *
W.C. Cogswell * * *
Mel Blanc Cosmo S. Spacely * * *
Jean Vander Pyl Rosie the Robot * * *
Don Messick Astro * * *
Frank Welker Orbitty * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 23, 1962 March 17, 1963 24
First-run syndication
Season Two September 16, 1985 December 13, 1985 41
Season Three October 19, 1987 November 12, 1987 10

TV Movies

Title Network Airdate
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones First-run syndication November 9, 1987
Rockin' with Judy Jetson First-run syndication September 12, 1988

Theatrical Film

Title Release Date
The Jetsons July 6, 1990


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season May 11, 2004 purchase 4
Season 2, Volume 1 June 2, 2009 purchase 3
Episode Collections - Various Series  (Region 1)
1960s Volume 1 May 26, 2009 purchase 2
1970s Volume 1 May 26, 2009 purchase 2

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