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[[caption-width-right:350:The modern Space Age family.]]
This {{Hanna-Barbera}} series demonstrates that even in comedy animation, SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale. The first series broadcast in color by Creator/{{ABC}}, ''The Jetsons'' was essentially ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''[[note]]Which predates this show by two years, and had always been in color, but which ABC initially broadcast in black and white.[[/note]] transferred to an idealized vision (even for the time) of the 21st century, with flying cars, conveyor-belt sidewalks and fancy (or rather, fanci'''er''') appliances. George Jetson and his family live in an [[SkyscraperCity ultra-high-rise apartment complex]] with their dog, Astro, and their robot maid, Rosie.

After its prime-time run, the original 1962 series was rebroadcast on Saturday mornings on other networks, as well as in syndication. The plots have been compared to those in the ''{{Blondie}}'' comic strip and movies -- not surprising, since Penny Singleton (who played Blondie in the films) was the voice of Jane Jetson. [[UnCancelled New Jetsons episodes were produced]] for syndication in the mid-1980s to bump the episode count to the [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon standard 65 episode syndication package]], and in 1987-88, there were two feature-length {{Made For TV Movie}}s. One of those movies, ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones'', served as a natural {{crossover}} between the two animated families.

Universal released an animated ''Jetsons'' feature film in 1990, complete with ConspicuousCG, a GreenAesop played out with a GangOfCritters, and reuniting nearly all of the original cast members save for '80s pop starlet Tiffany voicing Judy Jetson thanks to ExecutiveMeddling and Patric Zimmerman taking over for the late DawsButler as Elroy. The film also marked the last performance ever of noted voice artist MelBlanc (Mr. Spacely), who was still recording while in the hospital (as he had years before then), as well as George O' Hanlon (George), who by that point had to have the lines read and acted to him before recording (both passed away before completing the film and sound-alike Jeff Bergman filled in the few remaining scenes). The film was dedicated in memory of both men. This was also Penny Singleton's last film role, even though she would live another thirteen years.

A prospective LiveActionAdaptation, with RobinWilliams as George Jetson, was apparently axed in favor of the fourth ''SpyKids'' film, but seems to be back on track for an eventual release, with creative director KanyeWest (yes, that Kanye) and Warner Bros. looking for a director.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AliensSpeakingEnglish
* AlliterativeName:
** Jane and Judy Jetson. And George.
** The company where he works (Spacely Sprockets) and said company's rival (Cogswell Cogs).
* AntiGravityClothing: The rings around some outfits.
* ArtEvolution: Look at one of the earlier episodes of the first season, and look at one of the episodes of the last season[[note]]animated by ToeiAnimation[[/note]] which has an almost digital art-like quality. This is ''really'' impressive considering they were still using ''cels'' to make the show at the time.
* BadBoss: Mr. Spacely. See GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity.
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: One episode has a variation on this:
-->'''Mr. Spacely:''' Jetson! Thank goodness you're still here! I've got some good news and some bad news...\\
'''George Jetson:''' What's the bad news, Mr. Spacely?\\
'''Mr. Spacely:''' We've discovered a very dangerous computer virus that you have to stop right away!\\
'''George:''' But that could take months! By the way... what's the good news?\\
'''Mr. Spacely:''' The good news is, I don't have to do it! Bye now!
* BareYourMidriff Judy's default outfit does this.
* BigFriendlyDog: Astro.
* BlackBeadEyes: Elroy.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Judy, except when she isn't being bratty.
* BumblingDad: George, definitely.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Jane! Stop this crazy thing!"
** [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity "JETSON!!!]] [[OnceAnEpisode You're fired!"]]
** "Ooba Dooba!"
* CelebrityParadox: In an early episode ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' is shown to be a TV show in their universe, and a movie in a flashback but they meet them in ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsonsMeetTheFlintstones''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Spacely was originally an implied one, but mostly showed signs of it in the '80s series and was played straight in the 1990 movie. Spacely's business rival, Mr Cogswell, is just as bad if not worse.
* CowboyEpisode: "Dude Planet" (60s episode) and "High Moon" (80s episode).
* CutASliceTakeTheRest:
** In the opening, George takes a few bills out of his wallet for Jane, but Jane takes the entire wallet instead.
** Spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where George yells at Jane for taking all his money and ends up throwing her out of the air car, killing her.
** In the episode "Future Tense," George wins a pile of money at a horse race, at the end the 'interplanetary revenue service' takes the pile, hands him a stack out of the pile, and keeps the rest for themselves.
** Also used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjZc-I6Lx60 this Jetson's sponsor's tag]] for Saran Wrap.
* DeusExitMachina: In similar fashion to the outro gag for ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', George's screams to "stop this crazy thing" are never replied in the original ending credits. ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' took ''another'' swipe at the show with this.
-->'''George:''' ''*haggard and livid*'' DID YOU NOT HEAR ME BACK THERE?!?
* DinnerWithTheBoss: Mr. Spacely does this in the pilot episode.
* DisguisedInDrag: George passing himself off as "Georgina Jetstream" in "Solar Snoops."
* DisneyAcidSequence: The song ''Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah'' from ''A Date With Jet Screamer''.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Jane never seems to be wearing shoes. Only stockings over her feet and legs.
** Averted. She does in fact wear shoes. They just happen to be the same color as her stockings, plus they are only seen in a few or so episodes (throught the entire series), and even then, they aren't given a specific focus.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Both Mr. Spacely and Sgt. Uniblab fill this trope in "G.I. Jetson".
* ExtyYearsFromNow: The show started in 1962. Naturally, it was set in 2062.
* FoodPills: Yet oddly Jane managed to mess them up somehow.
* ForgottenBirthday: Happens to Judy in "Judy's Birthday Surprise".
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: George (sanguine), Jane (melancholic), Elroy (phlegmatic), and Mr. Spacely (choleric).
* FuturisticSuperhighway: George had to deal with traffic jams even with a flying car.
* FutureSlang: Tons, most memorably "Eep, op, ork, ah-ah! And that means I love you!"
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: TropeNamer. Has anyone ever actually tried to count all the times George gets fired throughout the series?
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The "cheeky" FrenchMaid robot in the episode that introduces Rosie[[note]]Which was the ''pilot'', no less[[/note]]. Considering the original episodes were produced when they didn't allow female navels on TV (as in ''IDreamOfJeannie''), it's fun to imagine that Judy's navel is "really" exposed throughout the series, but just not drawn due to the simplified art style.
* HappilyMarried: George and Jane.
* HeightAngst: Cosmo G. Spacely is barely one-third of George Jetson's height, which adds to the triggers for Spacely to fire Jetson once per episode.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Jane, mostly. George, definitely.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Plenty of proverbs RecycledInSpace: "That's the way the satellite spins."
* HollywoodGenetics: Why are Elroy and Judy blondes when their parents are both redheads?
* JerkAss: Cogswell. Spacely also qualifies, even if he DOES have a few PetTheDog moments.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Spacely may be a jerk, but not as big of a jerk as his rival, Cogswell.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Still Cogswell.
* MeanBoss: Mr. Spacely's no doubt one of animation's biggest examples of this. And again, Mr. Cogswell.
* TheNapoleon: Mr. Spacely
* NoOSHACompliance: Noting that these buildings are thousands of feet in the air, the parking lots don't have any barriers, and there are even suspended conveyor belts without railings[[note]]Such as the conveyor belts seen in some airports.[[/note]] in public places. Far worse when you think hovercraft accidents may leave the occupants hurtling through the glass domes, and down thousands of feet.
* OverprotectiveDad: As boy-crazed as Judy is, George has every reason to be this.
* PetTheDog: Spacely will have a moment or two that shows he's not such a bad guy.
* RaygunGothic: The show is pretty much a perfect example of the era's sci-fi aesthetic.
* RecycledInSpace: The Jetsons are ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' IN THE FUTURE!
* {{Redheaded Hero}}es: George and Jane.
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: In one episode George watches a clip from ''Rocky 912''.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots
* TheRival:
** Mr. Cogswell/Cogswell Cogs to Mr. Spacely/Spacely Sprockets
** One episode revealed that there's no real practical difference between sprockets or cogs, in such a way as to suggest that this is some sort of dirty secret which could prove ruinous to one or both companies should it ever be made public.
** One episode reveals the rivalry came from when they were kids. They attended the same school; graduated the same day; Spacely Sprockets and Cogswell Cogs were founded practically at the same time. Making his millionth cog before Spacely made ''his'' millionth sprocket meant so much for Cogswell he didn't mind going to prison for what he did to sabotage Spacely.
* RobotAntennae: Rosie has two of them; one on either side of her head.
* RobotMaid: Rosie.
* SameCharacterButDifferent: RUDI in the 1980's episodes looks absolutely nothing like his 1962 appearance, although it was apparently the same character (in both versions he was voice by Don Messick)
* SocietyMarchesOn:
** So, why ''didn't'' Jane learn to drive (pilot?) in HighSchool? Because she was pregnant with Judy at the time (see below). The above is averted in TheEighties revival, where Jane and Judy do indeed drive.
** Hanna-Barbera had also done [[WomenDrivers "women can't drive"]] jokes in other 60's cartoons, like ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
** Also, why would Jane be a [[StayInTheKitchen housewife]] in a society with robot maids, automated kitchens and self-cleaning houses? They didn't always have a robot maid. Either way, RuleOfFunny still applies. Maybe it just sounds better than "unemployed".
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Astro, actually pre-dating Hanna-Barbera's [[ScoobyDoo more famous canine example of this]].
* TaxmanTakesTheWinnings: An episode has Jane and George making it big on betting in races (using [[AppliedPhlebotinum a pair of glasses that can see a few minutes into the future]]) and running away from a pair of men that they think belongs to TheMafia... only to find out that the men belongs to the Intergalactic Revenue Service and that the government's cut of their winnings leaves them with only one (space) dollar.
* ThemeTuneCameo: The Jetsons' doorbell chimes four notes of the theme song.
* ThemeTuneRollCall: Meet George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane, his wife.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Common with Orbitty, as he has the special ability to change into various colors, depending on his mood.
* TinCanRobot: Rosie
* TitleSequenceReplacement:
** The '80s series used the same intro animation from the original, but the theme tune was re-recorded with (electronic) Simmons Drums, electric bass and some other changes (some de-jazzification?) in an attempt to make it sound more modern. But this new recording was also applied to subsequent re-issues of the original series in some weird attempt at revisionism.
** The '60s series also gained the 1985 title cards, end credits sequence, and the laugh track was removed to put it in line with the then-new season. Compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRyrcpe74Yg this]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyinD6ZDqeg this]]. This was an attempt to "seamlessly" fit the 1962-3 and 1985/1987 seasons into the one syndication package, as if [[ViewersAreMorons no one would notice the the difference]] between them (e.g. the voice actors ageing by a couple of decades, and real-life technological advances during the gap leading to the '80s seasons focusing more on computer than mechanical technology). The 2004 [=DVDs=] (and newer re-issues to broadcasters) have restored all of the above to the originals except for the title cards, with the original ColdOpenings still missing.
** The 1990 movie has a completely remade version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW7Cz4d5E8s the intro animation]], which features some ConspicuousCG. Notably, Jane kisses George instead of taking his wallet.
* UnplannedCrossdressing: The automatic grooming device(s) would occasionally dress George in Jane's clothes and/or give him her hairstyle.
** It also happened to Judy when the device accidentally dressed her in George's tuxedo. Bizarrely, it actually fit her better than you'd expect.
* UsedFuture:
** Rosie's often stated to be a long-obsolete (by the Jetsons' era's standards) robot model, with more advanced robots available.
** There's also the Jetsons' futuristic tech sometimes breaking down or malfunctioning.
** In "Private Property", when George Jetson and Mr. Spacely saw a building being erected next to the headquarters of Spacely Sprockets, the two of them agreed that it's not like in the "old" days when it took a "whole week" to erect a building.
* VideoPhone: Fitting with the cartoon's RaygunGothic aesthetic. Taken to [[RuleOfFunny ridiculous ends]] all the times Mr Spacely is able to reach ''through the screen'' and physically throttle George.
** In some episodes Jane can be seen shopping and the kids doing schoolwork on it, which pushes it slightly more towards the desktop [=PCs=] of the actual future than the dedicated-hardware videophone of pure {{zeerust}}.
* VisualPun: "Let me put on my face" is usually a euphemism for putting on makeup. In the cartoon, Jane and a friend of hers ''actually put on faces'' over their bed heads.
* WeWillAllFlyInTheFuture: When we're not using moving sidewalks, everyone gets around with flying cars or jetpacks.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Orbitty, the Jetsons' alien pet that was added in the second season, doesn't appear in the third season (aside from one cameo) or any of the movies.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Jane is thirty-three and Judy is sixteen. One expects Hanna-Barbera didn't intend for Jane to have [[UnfortunateImplications become a mother at the age of seventeen]]...
* {{Zeerust}}: To the point where the Smithsonian's Paleofuture blog is running an [[http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/The-Jetsons-at-50.html episode-by-episode analysis of the original 1962 series]] and the effect it had on people's perceptions of the future.

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!!The 1990 film provides examples of:

* TwoDSpace: Even in a future with flying cars there are still roads and traffic jams.
* TheAce: Apollo Blue and Teddy-2.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: George refers to Mr. Spacely as the company's "penny-pinching peaheaded president" in one scene.
* AlliterativeName: Jane and Judy Jetson. Also Furgie Furbalow.
* AmbiguousGender: If Furgie's dad didn't says she was a girl, most people would have never known she was[[note]]even if she WAS voiced by Russi Taylor...[[/note]]. Astro, of all characters, reaffirms viewers that Furgie is a girl at the end, when the Furbalow parents are bidding the Jetsons farewell and then ask where Furgie is, after which Astro hands her back to her parents and says, "Here ''she'' is!"
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at one point, where when Bertie explains that Furgie is a girl Rosie turns to Jane and says "how can ya tell?"
* AnimationBump: Watch an earlier episode of the first season of the show, then look at this movie and see how much the animation quality improved.
* BigDamnMovie: The original show = basically ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' [[RecycledInSpace in space]]. The Movie = taking down a corrupt corporation from within, with the survival of an entire species hanging in the balance.
* BavarianFireDrill: George uses a blow-up traffic cop to get through a traffic jam.
* CallingTheOldManOut: George criticizing Mr. Spacely for endangering the cute little critters.
-->'''George:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis No...SIR...Mr....Spacely!]]/ [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat ...Man, that felt good!]]
* ChewToy: George ''really'' takes a lot of damage in this movie, yet it's mainly for laughs.
* ConspicuousCG: Pretty early example, predating the famous ballroom scene from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Judy and Apollo's song, "You and Me". Justified in that it was in a simulation room.[[note]]It's also the only part of the movie not done by Creator/HannaBarbera themselves. It was done by Kurtz and Friends, a company that usually only does commercials.[[/note]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Elroy, sort of.]]
* GangOfCritters
* GentleGiant: The Furbalows.
* HighTurnoverRate: The vice-president position.
* LogoJoke: The Hanna-Barbera Swirling Star appears at the end of the movie, albeit with its "swirling" sound effects replaced with a majestic-sounding rendition of four notes from the ''Jetsons'' theme song.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Grungies. Also Furgie.
* TheRival: Teddy-2 for Elroy, at first.
* SoapWithinAShow: Jane, Rosie and Astro are watching "All My Androids". All three are in tears as "Galaxina threatens to pull the plug on her romance", with jane having to tell Rosie to stop in case she rusts again.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Teddy-2 looks just like his father. Also Furgie looks a lot like a smaller version of her dad.
* StockAudioClip: Judy cheering "Yay Daddy!"[[note]]One of only a couple lines Janet Waldo recorded that actually remained in the movie. Another is before the "You and Me" sequence, after Judy falls through the hologram tree. She says she's alright, in Janet's voice.[[/note]]
* TagalongKid: Furgie Furbalow.
* TodayXTomorrowTheWorld: A variation: Mr. Spacely says, "Today, Spacely Sprockets, tomorrow, the universe!"
* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: Mr. Spacely reveals towards the end that he knew about the Grungies living under his factory the entire time. Let ''that'' sink in now.
* [[spoiler:WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Grungies.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Apollo Blue and the Furbalow family.
* ZeerustCanon: Being made in 1990, this movie is loaded with 1980's pop culture, from music to hairstyles, yet it's still set in the same 1960's RaygunGothic future, which sometimes gives a weird combination.
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