The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from 1962-1963, then later as part of the weekday/weekend morning programming block called The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, until 1987. New episodes were produced from 1984-1987 as well. It was Hanna-Barbera’s Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones. Reruns can be seen frequently on Boomerang. While the Flintstones live in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in the year 2062 in a futuristic utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions. The original series comprised 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning September 23, 1962, with primetime reruns continuing through September 8, 1963. At the time of its debut, it was the first program ever to be broadcast in color on ABC-TV. In contrast, The Flintstones, while always produced in color, was broadcast in black-and-white for its first two seasons. Following its primetime run, the series aired on Saturday mornings for decades, starting on ABC for the 1963-64 season and then in future seasons on CBS and NBC.
A medical test shows that George is more suited to be president of the company than Spacely himself. That is: after Elroy finds out Spacely distracted George during the test on purpose so he could pay him less salary. Elroy forces the score and George is executive for 2 weeks. Will George behave or will power raise to his head? Mr. Cogswell tries to put Spacely out of business when George is in charge for two weeks.
On a field trip to mars Elroy picks up a remarkable looking stone and takes it home. It turns out to be the egg of a rare pet. The Jetsons decide to keep the pet and call it Orbitty. Orbitty turns all kinds of colors to show his emotions. He can fix machines unlike a gremlin who usually sabotages them. He also has spring-like legs, enabling him to bounce, and has plunger-like legs that makes him stick to many surfaces. He often uses them to hang from the ceiling.
Rosie thinks the family doesn't want her anymore after doing everything wrong. The problem is, she needs a new program according to Henry Orbit. When Rosie spies that George & Jane looking @ new robot maids, she thought she was obsolete (when they were really looking for the part). She runs away looking for jobs & a room to stay. Their new robot maid is a real dictator that drives them crazy. While Judy's taking her driving test, she spots Rosie! She takes her back home & finds the new maid! So she heads to the scrap pile about to kill herself until they rescued her. Jane explained everything, Henry fixes up Rosie with a new program & Rosie throws the new robot maid out of the Jetson home!
An unknown package delivered to Spacely Sprockets contains a robot sentry dog named "Sentro", and Spacely decides to use it to guard his "Chocolate Microchip Cookie". However, the "Galactic Sneak"—a spy for Cogswell Cogs—has pulled a Trojan Horse–type move by hiding inside Sentro's body to infiltrate Spacely's plant. When he and Sentro steal the prototype Microchip Cookie, it is up to George Jetson—who discovers a want-ad in the news for an executive secretary for Cogswell Cogs—to become "Georgina Jetstream", infiltrate Cogswell Cogs, and get Spacely's cookie back.
Judy tells her talking lips diary of the events of the week before her birthday on Sat. expecting her parents to throw her a surprise birthday party. Curley Quasar helps her when her space car breaks down when no one else will help her. Then she avoids him the rest of the week thinking he isn't one of the in-crowd. On Sat. thinking everyone has forgotten Curley comes over with a gift for her & she changes her mind about him.
After some chicanery by Mr. Spacely, the Jetsons appear on a game show called "Family Fallout" (based on Family Feud), facing off against the Spacelys. The Jetsons win a new Foodarackacycle in the end, while the shocked and dismayed Spacelys receive a lifetime supply of Cogswells Cogs.
George Jetson is having a bad day, his car has broken down so he has to take the bus, but the bus driver only takes tokens. George doesn't have any tokens, so the driver takes his watch as compensation. George then has to sit close to an irritating, mean boy, and his less then radiant mother. By chance, George Jetson happens to sit next to a brilliant, but unrecognized genius. This genius has invented the one-of-a kind Re-Play-Ola. The genius decides to give it to George because the genius can always make another one. The Re-Play-Ola has the ability to rewind time, allowing the person who possesses it, the ability to rewind, modify, erase, and the unusable stop button (it's unusable because the only thing the stop button would do is erase the genius, and the Re-Play-Ola.) George Jetson starts redoing time to fit his own desires. First, the bus driver will allow George Jetson to mail his tokens in, and the once-irritating boy is now nice. Pretty soon however, George Jetson starts de
Jane accidentally crashes Mr. Spacely's car that she borrowed, which causes him to merrily blame George, making him a virtual slave and groveler, until it was discovered that the brakes are jammed by a piece of fine space china from one of Spacely's space china collections. This absolves the Jetsons, and then the tables are turned and a furious and humiliated Spacely becomes the reluctant servant of George.
When Spacely discovers that his rival Cogswell has won the "Tycoon of the Day" Award, he goes all out to beat him, forcing all his employees to work a "Triple-Shift". After 24 hours of work and severe hounding by Spacely, George accidentally convinces the human employees of Spacely Sprockets to go on strike. Meanwhile, George is faced with his own problems when he destroys Elroy's athlete robot, "Jocko", and then tries to impress his son by portraying the robot himself.
When Judy is offered a chance to get away from her family and visit her cousin Melissa, she is at first reluctant, but thinks differently when she sees how much her cousin has changed, leading George to inadvertently assume the role of "Space Ace" to spy on his daughter to keep her out of trouble. Meanwhile, Jane and Mrs. Spacely both vie for the "Woman of the Year" Award.
It's George & Jane's wedding anniversary. Yet George forgets his anniversary and Jane throws a fit. During that time, the couple recaps how they got together. Later they found out that the man that married them was a fraud. So, they ended up remarried at a wedding chapel.
With all the problems the Jetson family have, they decide to take a trip to Fantasy Planet. The host—named Mr. Rocket (played by Sonny Melendrez and a take on "Mr. Roarke" from Fantasy Island)—has each family member in capsules to live out their fantasies: George: Boss of Jetson's Sprockets Jane: Queen of an asteroid where she does absolutely nothing Judy: World-renowned pop star Elroy and Astro: Superhero team After realizing their fantasies aren't really what they were looking for, they use a special "stop watch" that can end their fantasies.
Mr. Spacely assigns George to be the judge for the annual Spacely Space Sprockets Space Dog Show. But this leads to a very stressful situation for him as his family wants him to make Astro the winner, as well as the boss wanting him to insure his wife's poodle comes out on top, and even a mobster named Mangler Mars gets into the act by making George choose his bulldog, Starbite, as the top dog. What choice will George make? In the end, Mrs. Spacely's pooch gets taken away to give birth to puppies; Starbite is revealed to be a stolen dog which gets the mobsters arrested; and Astro wins, with a stray dog winning a consolation prize: dog food.
After winning a school science contest, Elroy is invited with the family to view a space shuttle launch. But he gets more than he bargains for when he and Astro get aboard the shuttle and get launched into deep space. They're able to return to Earth, but are significantly changed in terms of age. A parody of The Right Stuff.
George and Jane accompany Mr. Spacely to a business convention where they hope to show off the company's latest invention, the EXIT (EXecutive Instant Transporter). Meanwhile, Judy is in charge of the household as Elroy tests his own invention, a Dog Trainer, in hopes of earning money helping the neighborhood dogs to better behave themselves. But a mix-up of program discs causes near disastrous results on both sides that could lead to George's firing and Elroy having to look for all the missing dogs.
George convinces Elroy to tell his mother the truth about what happened to her favorite pitcher, but when Bubbles Blastoff, a guest at Spacely's plant, must leave on the red-eye back to her planet, George ends up being stranded with her on an asteroid. Will he follow his own example and tell the truth to Jane about why he never returned home until morning?
The Space-Time Capsule Contest is underway, and Orbitty has an entry form for qualification. However, only one story entry per form will be accepted, and the Jetsons exhaust themselves fighting for control of the contest entry. After an unlikely ally helps them combine their entries into one, the Jetsons are declared "Future Family of the Year". This episode contains clips from past Jetsons episodes "Elroy Meets Orbitty", "Judy's Birthday Surprise", "The Cosmic Courtship of George and Jane" and "SuperGeorge".
Based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Scrooge Spacely orders George to work overtime on Christmas Eve, which begins to tire George. Meanwhile, Astro is injured in a freak accident while chasing a toy robot cat, which causes him to get sick. Now it's up to the Spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Future to convince Spacely that Christmas is a time for giving.
Jane wants a maid but George says they can't afford it. He invites Mr. Spacely over for dinner but what he doesn't know is that Jane has taken a free one day trial offer on a slightly used 'Rosey'. George is in a panic because he thinks that he can't possibly convince Mr. Spacely that he needs the raise if he sees Rosey. In a pinch, Rosey takes leftovers and whips up a delicious dinner and a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Spacely fires Jetson and storms out the door. He calls a little later, munching the cake and says that anybody that can make such a delicious cake can't be all bad. In the meantime, Rosey has left, thinking that she caused the family trouble, but they find her at the bus stop and take her home for good ....
Jane and the kids want a dog for personal protection, George doesn't believe in that but wants to keep everyone happy. To George the answer is an apartment approved electronic dog, one of those nuclear powered trouble free dogs: Electronimo! At the same moment the rest of the family found a biological dog. A contest should point out the superior dog. Astro proves to be the superior dog when he unwittingly tackles a burglar terrorizing the apartment building.
Elroy's wins a contest to meet his big hero 'Nimbus the Great' from the TV show. Unfortunately the player is very ill and cannot come. George stands up for Elroy and visits 'Nimbus' to prevent a disappointment for Elroy. The only solution is to have George wear a Nimbus suit and visit Elroy ...
Jane gets fed up with public transportation and decides to take driving lessons. After all, Elroy can get a learner's permit when he's 8 years old, so Jane should be able to get driving lessons, can't she? Her talents scare the teacher so much, he goes back hunting wild lions again. Accidentally Jane thinks she's got a new instructor while that persons turns out to be a crook on the run ...
Private Jetson is drafted, as George is a family man he gets a full two minutes to report for duty. They're all given an aptitude test, and one not-so-bright recruit jams a square peg into a round hole, whereupon the automated grading program determines that his 'original thinking shows leadership potential' and makes him a general. Spacely turns out to be the commanding officer and the site is a full 10 minutes away.
A new building is built next to Spacely's company. The owner of the new plant turns out to be Cogswell and George finds out the new building is 6 inches over Spacely's property. Spacely makes Cogswell walk on his hands and knees, Jetson is promoted. That is until it turns out Spacely's existing building is actually 6' over Cogswell's ground ...