The Jetsons is an animated sitcom that was produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in prime-time from 1962–1963 and again from 1985–1987. It was Hanna-Barbera’s Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones, a half-hour family sitcom projecting contemporary culture and lifestyle into another time period. Reruns can be seen on Boomerang.

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 (or 100 years into the future at the time) of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.

The original incarnation of the series aired on Sunday nights on ABC from September 23, 1962, to March 17, 1963. It comprised 24 episodes, and was re-run on Saturday mornings for decades. At the time of its debut, it was the first program ever to be broadcast in color on ABC-TV; There were only a handful of ABC TV stations that were capable of broadcasting in color in the early 1960s. The Flintstones, while always produced in color, was broadcast in black-and-white for its first two seasons.

The continuing popularity of The Jetsons led to further episodes being produced for syndication between 1985 and 1987.

“The Jetsons Original TV Soundtrack” (COLPIX Records CP 213)

Side 1 = “Rosie The Robot” from September 23, 1962:

The Jetsons take Rosie the robot maid into their home, just in time to wreak havoc with a visiting Mr. Spacely.

George O’Hanlon … George Jetson (voice)
Penny Singleton … Jane Jetson (voice)
Janet Waldo … Judy Jetson (voice)
Daws Butler … Elroy Jetson/Henry Orbit/W.C. Cogswell (voice)
Mel Blanc … Cosmo S. Spacely/Additional Voices (voice)
Jean Vander Pyl … Rosey the Robot (voice) (as Jean Vanderpyl)

Side 2 = “A Date With Jet Screamer” from September 30, 1962:

Despite George’s best efforts, Judy wins a date with Ricky Nelson-esque pop idol Jet Screamer who sings Judy’s contest entry song, “Eep, Opp, Ork, Ah-ah!” (originally voiced by Howard Morris and later performed by the Violent Femmes) which, despite its meaning in the song as “I love you”, actually means “meet me tonight”.

George O’Hanlon … George Jetson (voice)
Penny Singleton … Jane Jetson (voice)
Janet Waldo … Judy Jetson (voice)
Daws Butler … Elroy Jetson (voice)
Howard Morris … Jet Screamer (voice)
Jean Vander Pyl … Rosie the Robot


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  1. arthur says:

    When you’ve got time the file is missing

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