The Jetsons: Season 1, Episode 23

TV or Not TV (24 Feb. 1963)

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The television becomes a source of contention in the Jetson household.

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George O'Hanlon ...
George Jetson (voice)
Penny Singleton ...
Jane Jetson (voice)
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Judy Jetson (voice)
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Elroy Jetson (voice)
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Don Messick ...
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The television becomes a source of contention in the Jetson household.

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27 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You ought to be in pictures...so long as you know you are IN one and not mistaking the experience for something in real life that could cause you a great deal of harm. That is today's lesson learned on The Jetsons. We start with Jane trying to give Astro a bath. He can run, but can't hide as he's picked up and stuffed into the bath cycle machine, howling and crying all the while. Elroy laughs, thinking it all very funny, until it's HIS bath time. George arrives home and immediately has to go back out since he forgot to mail a letter. Astro wants to come along. George refuses. Astro bawls. Jane: "Oh George, you've hurt his feelings." George agrees. On the jet car ride to the mail box, George tells Astro to take his arm off of him and stick his head out the window....what window? The car is covered by a glass dome...anyway, just as George mails the letter, he notices a Blinks armored space car parked next door and wishes he had that kind of money. Suddenly, the armored space car is attacked two hoods, who subdue the guards, swipe all the cash and book it. George and Astro having witnessed the entire thing, and somehow are able to overhear that the hoods saw witnesses but "will be back to rub them out later." Fearing for their lives, George and Astro take off and, instead of doing the sensible thing and going to the police, they race straight home and hide in the closet. Jane demands to know what's going on, so, Astro and George come out of the closet....hee-hee....and try to act like everything's fine, despite their running and hiding shtick.

Well as it turns out, that robbery was just a scene being filmed for a movie. The hoods: actors. The scene turned out great, except the clumsy director set up the camera too far back so it caught George and Astro in the shot of the robbery, so before the movie can be released, the director needs their consent, so he sends his boob of an assistant to find them. He locates the Jetsons' apartment, is greeted by Jane, and talks in a roundabout way that could sound threatening. Jane is now convinced George is in serious trouble. What to do now? Well, George decides the best thing to do is flee like bandits in the night. So, after bidding tearful farewells to Jane, Judy and Elroy while asleep, George and Astro try to creep out, only to get stopped by Jane and are forced to relay their plan. Hiding out in Spacely's fishing cabin, George and Astro kick back and enjoy the wilderness, despite the lack of an extra TV, and find the food-a-rack-a-cycle is empty, so they try hunting, which proves unsuccessful. George sends Astro home with a note to send food, only the goofy dog swallows the note before he gets out the door. Well, with no other choice, George decides they would have to go back for some eats. So, creeping around the exterior of the apartment, George and Astro notice the guy from earlier coming back, sounding even more threateningly roundabout. That's when the kids see two figures on the window, their father and their dog, and not being able to recognize them through their ridiculous disguises, and launch into extreme panic. Well, after some running, yelling, and setting off the Jetsons' new Wile E. Coyote burglar catching system, the whole thing is laid out as a galactic misunderstanding and George happily signs the consent forms for his footage to be used. He is even offered a part in one of their other productions, on the Pie-Man Show getting pies in the face. George then laments that the hoods trying to kill him were not real.

This episode is pretty funny, but they sure made Astro a crybaby. He cries at everything here. Take your Space Ritalin, boy. Not really much else to say. Only, it seems we see very little of Astro and Rosie in the classic episodes. They received more focus in the 1980s reboot, but the 1960s episodes were more geared towards George and his job, the ever-growing combative competition between Spacely and Cogswell, and mostly things to do with rockets, which were the in thing back then. In the 1980s, it was more about robots. But either/or, it was a great series. As this episode proves, it's always funnier to do the non-sensible thing.


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