The Jetsons is an American sitcom that was produced by Hanna-Barbera and created by the studio's founders William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The show aired in primetime and lasted for two years from 1962 to 1963 before getting a revival that ran from 1985 to 1987, a few years before the release of its feature film Jetsonsː The Movie. The show revolves around a family living in the fictional Orbit City.
The Jetsons are a family residing in Orbit City. The city's architecture is rendered in the Googie style and all homes and businesses are raised high above the ground on adjustable columns. George Jetson lives with his family in the Skypad Apartments: his wife Jane is a homemaker, their teenage daughter Judy attends Orbit High School, and their son Elroy attends Little Dipper School.
Housekeeping is seen to by a robot maid named Rosie which handles chores not otherwise rendered trivial by the home's numerous push-button Age-envisioned conveniences. The family has a dog named Astro that talks with an initial consonant mutation in which every word begins with an "R", as if speaking with a growl; a similar effect would also be used for Scooby-Doo.
Why It's Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah!
- The idea about an family living in the future is really interesting as we previous had the stone age with The Flintstones.
- Great voice acting, including from George O'Hanlon as George Jetson.
- Brilliant animation for Hanna-Barbera standards. It got even better in the 80s revival, with John Kricfalusi supervising the layouts in Taipei, Taiwan.
- The Jetsons' youngest son, Elroy, is cute and sometimes hilarious. So is the dog, Astro.
- Speaking of Astro, he is similar to Scooby-Doo, as he pronounces letters with an "r". Even better, both of them have the same voiceǃ
- A funny running gag in the intro where Jane always takes George's money.
- The majority of the characters in the show have their own personalities and creativity.
- The music (including the theme song) are both very, very catchy to listen to at times. It even became a pop hit in 1986ǃ
- Fast and nice pacing.
- Though lasting for one season and 24 episodes for two years in the early 1960s, the second 1980s revival season is pretty cool.
The Only Bad Quality
- The show went downhill throughout Season 2 when it introduced Orbitty, a character who didn't contribute to the plot outside of his debut episode and was mostly just an annoyance for the season. However, he thankfully disappeared in the following season.
- Morey Amsterdam and Pat Carrol filed a lawsuit against Hanna-Barbera for breach of contract, confirming that they had been cast and signed to the roles of George Jetson and Jane Jetson, but never got the roles. The lawsuit ended in 1965.