Episodes: 24 (half)
TV show dates: September 23, 1962 — March 3, 1963
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: George O’Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Daws Butler, Janet Waldo, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Don Messick, and Howard Morris.
TV show description:
A futuristic animated sitcom in which humans ride in flying cars, use robot maids, eat encapsulated meals and travel easily between planets.
The series primarily follows the misadventures of working stiff George Jetson (George O’Hanlon) and his family; wife Jane (Penny Singleton), daughter Judy (Janet Waldo), son Elroy (Daws Butler), dog Astro (Don Messick), and Rosie the Robot Maid (Jean Vander Pyl).
George works for greedy Cosmo G. Spacely (Mel Blanc) at Spacely Space Sprockets, who is in constant competition with W.C. Cogswell (Daws Butler) of Cogswell Cogs.
Episode 24 — Elroy’s Mob
In a report card tape mix-up, Elroy gets 4 D’s, an F, and an H. His father punishes him, he and Astro run away. Muggsy Megaton and his gang are trying to rob a jewelry store at night but can’t fit into the ventilator system. Elroy, thinking they’re filming a movie, agrees to help them. Later, the police believe that Elroy and Astro are new members of the gang. Kenny Countdown, the kid who switched the report card tapes, fesses up and Jane and George feel terribly guilty that their actions led their son to a life of crime. Elroy is homesick so they go home with the Muggsy gang who are happy to have a new hideout. The gang ties everyone up but Astro bites his way free and retrieves a policeman. The gang members are subdued, Elroy is exonerated, and Astro brags to the press.
First aired: March 3, 1963.
In 1985, after the series had been rerun dozens of times on ABC, NBC, and CBS, Hanna-Barbera produced 51 new episodes so that the show could go into syndication. The new episodes feature essentially the same characters and voice actors. The originals were produced for a primetime family audience and the new stories are geared towards younger viewers.
The characters have returned in comic books, commercials, and three movies; The Flintstones Meet The Jetsons (1987, TV), Rockin’ with Judy Jetson (1988, TV), and Jetsons: The Movie (1990, theatrical). A live-action film has been in the works for many years.
Behind the Scenes
The last episode of The Jetsons features a strange crossover. In class, Kenny Countdown has a TV Wristwatch and is watching part of a Flintstones episode. Since the Jetsons later meet the Flintstone clan, was Kenny watching a TV show or somehow viewing the stone-age? Best not to think about it.