The Jetsons is a prime-time animated sitcom that was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The original incarnation of the series aired Sunday nights on ABC from September 23, 1962 to March 3, 1963. It was Hanna-Barbera’s space age counterpart to The Flintstones. Like The Flintstones, it is a half-hour family sitcom projecting contemporary American culture and lifestyle into another time period. While the Flintstones live in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in a futuristic utopia in the year 2062 of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.
The original series, comprising 24 episodes, was produced between 1962 and 1963 and was re-run on Saturday morning for decades. At the time of its debut, it was the first program ever to be broadcast in color on ABC-TV (as The Flintstones, while always produced in color, was broadcast in black-and-white for its first two seasons). Its continuing popularity led to further episodes being produced for syndication between 1985 and 1987. The series was extensively merchandised and followed by two made-for-TV movies and two theatrical feature films. The Japanese dub is associated with Toei Animation.
George Jetson — George O’Hanlon; after O’Hanlon’s death: Jeff Bergman
Jane Jetson — Penny Singleton and Lori Frazier in some Radio Shack Commercials
Elroy Jetson — Daws Butler; after Butler’s death: Patric Zimmerman and Jeff Bergman
Judy Jetson — Janet Waldo (Tiffany in Jetsons: The Movie)
Astro the Dog/RUDI/Uniblab/Mac — Don Messick
Rosie the Robot Maid/Mrs. Spacely — Jean Vander Pyl
Mr. Spacely — Mel Blanc; after Blanc’s death: Jeff Bergman
Mr. Cogswell — Daws Butler
Henry Orbit — Daws Butler (Howard Morris in a few of the original episodes)
Orbitty — Frank Welker
Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera discuss how they came up with the Jetsons and there amazing gadgets.