Unlike other cartoons in this list, The Jetsons aired on Prime-time TV on Sunday Nights on ABC, instead of Saturday Mornings, where most cartoons lived back in the day. The Jetsons had the distinction of being ABC’s first program to ever be broadcast in color. The Jetsons were the polar opposites of The Flintstones. The Flintstones were from the pre-historic past, and The Jetsons showed us a glimpse of the future. Just like the Flintstones with the boulder, stone, and rock theme, every name and every place is a pun of something futuristic or spacey. For instance, a Maserati would be called a Moonseratti, and the school’s name is Orbit High School. From waking in the morning, to going to school or work, to getting ready for bed, every person used a plethora of time-saving conveniences, handled by gadgets built into every building or vehicle. And although they had these conveniences, they still had day-to-day struggles that made their lives seem not-that-different from our lives.
Since the theme song basically introduces you to The Jetsons family, I will do the same here. George Jetson, the father, likes to throw his fatherly weight around when he’s home. While at work, as a Digital Index Operator at the Spacely Space Sprockets plant, where he only has to work a grueling 3 hours-a-day schedule, he mostly tries to get out of doing work, and spends a great deal of his time in limbo between getting a promotion and getting fired by Mr. Spacely. Jane, George’s wife and the mother of The Jetson’s family, is the caretaker of the apartment and the kids, and also likes to shop and spend money on a new look. Her “cooking dinner for the family” involves punching a few buttons, and then it magically appears. Elroy, 10 years old, is the son of George and Jane. He is a genius in the space sciences. He is best friends with Astro, and loves to watch Nimbus the Great on television and play with his Nimbus zoom-bot. Judy, the 16-year-old daughter of George and Jane, is a chip off her mother’s block. She enjoys boys, clothes, going out, and of course, dating. Astro is the family dog. He can talk, but with a slight speech-impediment, where his words all start with the letter R. Astro loves his Master, George Jetson, and sometimes shows it too much. Rosie is the robot maid that is loved by everyone in the family, but sometimes not by George, who she stands up to on a regular basis. The theme song gives you a much quicker, short and sweet, view of the family, which is why we love it so much. Everything is very compact, like the suitcase that George Jetson’s car turns into at the end of the opening theme. Wait a minute, why are there parking lots everywhere in this cartoon then? Oh well, that’s for another time.
Originally Aired on TV: September 23, 1962
Theme Song Written By: Hoyt Curtin
Meet George Jetson.
His Boy Elroy.
Jane his wife.