23rd September 1962 “The Jetsons” Premiered on TV.(Video Included)

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.

            

Voice Cast.

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

Also read about the Plot and each Character in Wikipedia.

Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera discuss how they came up with the Jetsons and there amazing gadgets.

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13 Responses to 23rd September 1962 “The Jetsons” Premiered on TV.(Video Included)

  1. malc50 says:

    Thanks magsx2. I always preferred the Flintstones, but used to watch the Jetsons too in my younger years.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      I used to enjoy both. I remember running home from school (all those years ago) so I wouldn’t miss the start of the Jetsons. Mum used to allow me to watch the show, but as soon as it was over straight into the homework. Back then it was on at 3.30pm, later they changed this, which made life easier.

      Just got back from the movies, and I can tell you, I would of preferred to pay to see the Jetsons. We went and saw Airbender 3D, I thought it was a bit slack, not worth paying the money, and to top it off, it didn’t finish, I will not be going to see part 2.

  2. travelrat says:

    Well, 2062 is a way off yet.

    But, did you ever get the British sci-fi series ‘UFO’ ? … made in the 1960s, and set in 1980. It’s interesting to watch reruns, and see the things forecast to happen which didn’t … we still don’t have a Moonbase, or an aircraft that can launch from a submarine … and we still drive on the left in the UK!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Yes I have watched UFO, used to like it, it wasn’t on for very long here, must not of taken off or something, it used to be on I think on a Sunday.
      I agree, I also find it funny when I watch a rerun, and we’re still waiting for all these wonderful things.

      I remember reading somewhere that by 2005 we would be in cars that fly, and they were trying to work out the best way to have control on air space, who knows they may be still trying to work it out. 🙂

  3. malc50 says:

    I saw somewhere recently on TV where someone has invented shoes like Marty McFly wore on “Back to the Future”.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      Sounds interesting, I wonder how they actually work?
      There are most likely a lot of new inventions around, and people just can’t get anybody to back them. There are certainly a lot of very brainy and intelligent people out there, and we may never know what has been actually achieved.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      From the article:-
      “They won’t include the awesome air-pressurized auto-lacing mechanism from Back to the Future II.”
      They will never be Marty McFly’s seakers without this awesome feature.

  4. malc50 says:

    Hi magsx2, According to http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/08/nikes-got-back-to-the-future-ii-sneaker-patents/ , there’s a patent out on the self-lacing sneakers. The next question is, when will we see the hoverboard?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      Wow, now there going to really take off I feel. Surely they will get this patent without any trouble, by the picture it looks like you press something on the side near the bottom of the shoe, and it closes around your foot. I wonder if the person who originally thought up this idea for the movie will get any money out ot it?
      I’m sure the hoverboard isn’t too far away.

  5. gregoryno6 says:

    Only 24 episodes? I would have thought 50 or 60 maybe. One of those shows that ran and reran and reran.
    “Help, Jane! Stop this crazy thing!”

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