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The Jetsons (TV Series 1962–1963) Poster

(1962–1963)

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The first program ever to be broadcast in color on ABC-TV.
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An episode of another Hanna-Barbera show, The Flintstones (1960) (The Flintstones: Time Machine (1965)), in which the Flinstones and the Rubbles use a time machine at the World's Fair to travel to the future, features a distinctly Jetson-esque 21st century.
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Originally ran for only 24 episodes during the 1962-63 TV season. In 1985 the program was revived, with new episodes designed to syndicate alongside the originals.
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The design of the Jetsons' flying car was inspired by a 1954 Ford concept car, the FX-Atmos, notable for its all-glass bubble canopy, dashboard radar screen and jet-plane-like tailfins.
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On August 17, 2017, ABC ordered a pilot for a live-action sitcom version of "The Jetsons" to be written by Gary Janetti and executive produced by Janetti, Jack Rapke, and Robert Zemeckis.
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The Jetsons' phone number is VENUS-1234.
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Based on the "Blondie" comic strip and series. Penny Singleton, who played Blondie in the 1940s series, was the voice of Jane Jetson.
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The Jetson clan appeared in print ads for Electrasol Dishwasher tabs and were the subject of a series of collectible tins in 2004-05. Jane also appeared in circular coupons.
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The style of architecture and furnishings in the world of The Jetsons is called Googie. It originated in the post-World War II period to capture the sense of progress in the Jet, Atomic, and Space Ages. Real world examples include the Space Needle in Seattle,Wa, Many "classic" installations in Las Vegas, NV, and the former Pan Am Worldport at JFK International airport. The Googie style fell out of style in the early-1970s, and many examples have since been demolished or fallen into disrepair.
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One of the last shows to portray a future that was funny, optimistic, and progressive before 1973's oil crisis and the fight for the environment that, in the 1970s, changed the vision of the future.
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In the episode "A Date With Jet Screamer" the show essentially predicted the coming of music videos and MTV.
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Rosie's name for Elroy was Roy Boy.
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The Seattle (WA) Space Needle inspired the "skypad" apartment buildings on the show whose stilts grew or shrunk, depending on the sun or rain.
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Just like The Flintstones was inspired by The Honeymooners, The Jetsons was inspired by The Dick Van Dyke Show.
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The character George Jetson was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (August 1, 2004 issue).
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Jane is 33, as stated in the pilot episode.
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Aghast by the eye-burning color palette on the show, John Kricfalusi, who supervised the color design department in Taipei for the second season, convinced staff to use more muted colors, inspired by traditional Chinese art, for more harmonious backgrounds. "I had a bunch of fights with management trying to find somebody who would paint in a style I liked," Kricfalusi recalled. "One day they had an art show of all the Chinese artists' own work, and I found one artist (unfortunately whose name I can't remember) who had beautiful traditional Chinese paintings on display. I went to the head of the studio and asked him to put her on the show. After a fight, he agreed and I started working with her. "
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The series displays several devices that did not exist at the time, such as a flatscreen television, newspaper on a computer-like screen, a computer virus, video chat, a tanning bed and a home treadmill. Today, those things are common in the real world.
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Premiered on Sunday, September 23, 1962 on ABC at 7.30pm.
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In 1997, Radio Shack partnered with The Jetsons to promote its Sprint Stores. The Jetson family appeared in a variety of print advertising and commercials for the company, and also appeared on a series of prepaid calling cards.
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