The Jetson's cartoon "Space Car" is pretty interesting, especially since it first aired in 1962. George awakens on a Saturday and sets out to purchase a new car for the family. Of course, since George wakes up before his wife, he gets to fix breakfast for his son Elroy and the rest of the family. Unfortunately, George forgets to set the timer so the food is bad. One of Jane Jetson's friends calls them on their video phone, and Jane slips into a mask that conceals her slept-in hairdo. Just as the conversation with Jane's friend is concluding, the friend sneezes and blows off a similar mask revealing her own state of dishevel. Meanwhile, a notorious criminal Knuckles Nuclear and his mollneither of whom slightly resemble George and his wife Janeare flying around in a beat-up car that tends to flake out. Knuckles has already robbed a bank of an undisclosed amount of money. Basically, Knuckles totes out a gigantic bag of loot. They decide to steal a better car and land at the apartment complex where George lives. George and Jane take the wrong car; the wrong car in this instance belongs to Knuckles. Jane bugs George into letting her drive since she has acquired a learner's permit. No sooner has Jane taken the controls than she breaks the speed limit and a flying motorcycle cop pulls them over. Although it wasn't politically incorrect to ridicule women as drivers back in 1962, this "Jetson's" episode looks rather dated today and shows how men treated women in general. Otherwise, "Space Car" is an inoffensive episode with the usual futuristic devices that were imagined back during the Kennedy era. The use of the gun that turns people into babies was amusing. Sadly, we have none of the amenities that the family of the future had in this cartoon series.
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