In 1962 William Hanna and Joe Barbera wanted to recapture the success they enjoyed with the Flintstones. They took the stone-age family concept and turned it around to develop a space-age family. Thus the Jetsons were born. The futuristic series took place in the year 2062, 100 years after it premiered in 1962. They lived in the Skypad Apartments in Orbit City. The architecture was in the Googie style found in southern California from the 1940s through the 1960s. The style was futuristic, reflecting the atomic age.
Like Fred Flintstone George Jetson was a working class man. H&B painted a rosy future but, of course, humanity was still complaining. George would complain about his ultra-difficult work week consisting of an hour a day, two days a week. His job was computer button pusher for a company named Spacely Sprockets. He would often complain of having “push button fingers”. Cosmo Spacely was a dictatorial boss suffering from a Napoleonic complex. He was always threatening to fire George but he never did. Spacely always used George as a spy in a hair-brained scheme to acquire secrets from his competitor company Cogswell Cogs headed by HG Cogswell.
George was a married man with a wife (Jane), children (Judy & Elroy), a robotic maid (Rosey) and a dog (Astro).
Jane was a full-time housewife with a passion for shopping. Every so often she had to clean the apartment or cook a meal and she’d be worn out from all that button pushing.
Judy was a typical teenage girl of the early sixties. Her only concerns were clothing, the latest hit songs or the next boy she was out to date. She is a high school student attending Orbit High School.
Judy’s younger brother Elroy was a six year old. His interests included super-heroes, space-age-style westerns and adventuring with his friends. He also had a pension for working on computers and other technical gadgetry. Elroy goes to the Little Dipper School.
Rosey was the Jetsons devoted robot servant. She was sensitive and loving with more of a human personality than that of a robot.
Astro, the dog was Elroy’s best friend and George’s ever-faithful companion. He was a pre-cursor to Scooby Doo as he was a talking dog who’s every word began with the letter “R”.
The show portrayed many things we presuppose today. They had treadmills, computers, internet and cell phones. They flew in flying saucers and, like you see in the airport they have moving walkways.
Meet George Jetson.
His Boy Elroy.
Jane his wife.