On Sept. 23, 1962, Americans were invited to “Meet George Jetson” and the entire Jetson clan. The animated series “The Jetsons” was set in the year 2062 and featured flying cars, house-cleaning robots and entire meals in a single pill.
The series was created by Hanna Barbera, the same company that had scored a hit with the wildly popular “The Flintstones” in 1960. While “The Flintstones” was set in prehistoric times and based loosely on “The Honeymooners,” “The Jetsons” was created to be a Space Age twist on “Blondie,” the comic strip that was turned into a series of 1940s movies and a long-running radio show.
“The Jetsons” lasted just one season, from September 23, 1962 to March 3, 1963. However, the original 24 episodes were continuously repeated through the years, which helped the show become ingrained into the American conscious. In 1984, Hanna Barbera created 41 new episodes and combined them with the original 24. In 1987, 10 more new episodes were released, as was a television movie “The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones.”
“Jetsons: The Movie” was release to theaters nationwide in 1990. A live-action (non-animated) Jetsons film is rumored to be scheduled for release in 2012 by director Robert Rodriguez.
Did you know?
- The Jetsons live in Skypad Apartments in Orbit City.
- George works at Spacely Space Sprockets.
- In the very first episode, Jane Jetson was 32 years old.
- The Jetsons’ phone number is VENUS-1234.
- George and Jane’s wedding anniversary is June 2.
- Much like the Flintstones, the 24 original Jetsons’ episodes were broadcast in prime time (Sunday nights) on ABC.
- Mel Blanc, best known as the voice of Bugs Bunny, provided the voice for Cosmo Spacely, George’s boss.