[[caption-width-right:350:The modern Space Age family. [[note]]From left to right, George Jetson, Jane, his wife, Daughter Judy, his boy Elroy, and Astro.[[/note]]]]

->''Meet George Jetson''\\
''His boy Elroy''\\
''Daughter Judy''\\
''Jane, his wife''
-->--The opening theme

This Creator/HannaBarbera 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.

The show was originally canceled after one season due to low ratings, fueled in part because color televisions were still hard to come across in UsefulNotes/TheSixties. 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 ''ComicStrip/{{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 1985 and 1987, 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 ''WesternAnimation/JetsonsTheMovie'' in 1990, complete with ConspicuousCG, a GreenAesop played out with a GangOfCritters, and pop singer Tiffany infamously given the role of Judy Jetson over then-still-living original voice Janet Waldo. The Jetsons stayed dormant for almost 30 years after the movie, until 2017. After Creator/WarnerBros released DirectToVideo {{Crossover}}s with other Hanna-Barbera characters and Wrestling/{{WWE}} Superstars, the Jetsons starred in ''The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania''. Later that year, ABC greenlit a live-action sitcom about the family. 2017 saw the family return in comic book form as part of the DarkerAndEdgier "Hanna-Barbara Beyond" series.

Engineering company Arconic made a LiveActionAdaptation of the show's title sequence, featuring [[TheNewTens updated]] designs of the show's {{Zeerust}}ic technology. You can watch it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37waZeR4isc here]].
!!This series provides examples of:
* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: One episode features a company named Contempo Computers. Spacely and his rival Cosgwell want to do business with that company and all they know about their CEO is that he's a young and innovative man. At the company's headquarters, they meet a young man and a boy. The boy is the [[GradeSchoolCEO CEO of Contempo Computers]].
* AdvertisedExtra: In the original 1962-63 season, Rosie was treated as a main character but only appeared two times. She appeared much more often in the revival.
%%* AliensSpeakingEnglish
* AlliterativeName:
** Jane and Judy Jetson. And George.
** The company where he works (Spacely [Space] Sprockets) and said company's rival (Cogswell ['s Cosmic] Cogs).
* AnimationBump: Season 2's "Hi-Tech Wreck". It was the directorial debut for Creator/JohnKricfalusi and it shows.
* 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 Creator/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.
* AscendedExtra: RUDI. He briefly appears during the 60s episodes looking completely different than his later incarnation. In the 80s revival he's not only George's computer but also his best friend on the job.
* BadBoss: Mr. Spacely. See GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity.
* BadNewsIrrelevantNews:
-->'''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''.
* ChekhovsSkill: Early in "A Date with Jet Screamer", Jane points out that George shouldn't complain about the music Judy and her friends like to listen to, as his own drumming sessions might not be music to their ears. His skill on the drums becomes important later when, while [[OverprotectiveDad tailing Judy on her date with Jet]], he arrives at a club at which Jet is performing Judy's contest-winning song. After being denied entry as a paying customer for being too old, he poses as a member of Jet's backing group to sneak in the back, then bribes Jet's usual drummer to take the night off before taking his place. Fortunately for all involved, George is a talented enough drummer that the performance of Judy's song is a resounding success.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: In an episode, Rosie angrily rips the dress off a snobbish socialite who had insulted the titular family. [[DressesTheSame Both Jane and the woman had entered a party wearing identical dresses, which led to the whole conflict.]]
* 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.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Creator/ToeiAnimation worked on the 3rd season, but did only two episodes in-house. The rest were outsourced to other (uncredited) studios. What follows is a list of the subcontractors the company used[[note]]Toei also worked on two episodes of season 2, "Elroy in Wonderland" and "The Vacation", both shipped off to Creator/DaiWon and were left uncredited in both instances[[/note]].
** "Crime Games": Creator/MagicBus
** "[=ASTROnomical I.Q.=]": Creator/{{Madhouse}}
** "9 to 5 to 9": In house
** "Invisibly Yours, George": Toei Animation Philippines
** "[=Father/Daughter Dance=]": Madhouse
** "Clean as a Hound's Tooth": Creator/AjiaDo
** "Wedding Bells for Rosie": In house
** "The Odd Pod": Creator/StudioJunio
** "Two Many Georges": Ajia-Do
** "Spacely for a Day": Ajia-Do, Creator/FlyingDragon
* DerangedAnimation: The [[Creator/JohnKricfalusi John K.]]-produced Flash shorts from the early [=2000s=]. Particularly evident in the first couple minutes of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpK35bAsihE "The Best Son".]]
* 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: {{Downplayed}} with Jane, whose regular outfit seems to include tights without shoes. Either that or those are some really high and really form-fitting boots.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Both Mr. Spacely and Sgt. Uniblab fill this trope in "G.I. Jetson".
* DrivenToSuicide: In "Rosie Come Home", Rosie resigns as the Jetsons' maid after misinterpreting their attempt to buy her a new master cylinder (she's long overdue for a replacement) as an attempt to buy a new robot maid. However, her malfunctioning master cylinder makes her unable to hold down another job, and with no money, no home, and no prospects, she makes her way to a junkyard and throws herself into a crusher. Fortunately, the Jetsons arrive just in time to see her jump, and while Orbitty holds the plates of the crusher apart, Astro and the four human Jetsons pull her out. One cleared misunderstanding and new master cylinder later, she's back to her old job and her old self.
* ExtyYearsFromNow: The show started in 1962. Naturally, it was set in 2062.
* FlintstoneTheming: Cosmos and planets; the Little Dipper School shown in the intro is but one example.
* 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), Judy (leucine), 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 ''Series/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.
* GradeSchoolCEO: One episode features a company headed by a boy around Elroy's age.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: In ''Rockin' with Judy Jetson'', a Russian newscaster addresses his viewers as "Comrades", implying that Russia is still communistic in the future.
* 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?
* HumansAreWhite: There are no black people in ''The Jetsons''. You know, just like [[SocietyMarchesOn every other TV show created in the early '60s]]. They did add some more diversity in the 80s episodes, though.
* ImpossiblyCompactFolding: George's FlyingCar folds up into a briefcase, as seen in the opening credits when he arrives at work.
* InMediasRes: "Hi-Tech Wreck" opens with George in an Outer Moongolian Express shuttle, begging Mr. Spacely for one last chance to dig himself out of the hole he has dug for himself and the company. After Spacely relents, George returns home and, over dinner, tells his family (in a {{Flashback}}) that Mr. Spacely is threatening to [[ReassignedToAntarctica send him to Outer Moongolia]] to sell sprockets door to door because R.U.D.I. is unable to handle the strain of the Executive Perks module Spacely wants to show off to some wealthy investors.
* {{Jerkass}}: Cogswell. Spacely also qualifies, even if he DOES have a few PetTheDog moments.
* LaughTrack: The original series had one, though it was later removed when the series was remastered in the 90's. Averted with the 1980's episodes.
* MeanBoss: Mr. Spacely's no doubt one of animation's biggest examples of this. And again, Mr. Cogswell.
* TheNapoleon: Mr. Spacely is barely half as tall as George (or [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Mrs. Spacely]]) and has one of the shortest tempers and greatest desires for wealth and power of the primary cast.
* 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.
* RapidFireNailBiting: In one of the 1980's episodes Judy Jetson does this hoping her father George doesn't embarrass her with his dancing at her party.
* 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!
* RepetitiveAudioGlitch:
** In "Uniblab", the titular robot gets stuck repeating "Spacely's a stupe" (one of the things it recorded George Jetson saying) after George and Henry Orbit get Uniblab drunk (or, rather, the robot equivalent of drunk) just before Spacely shows off the robot to the board members of Spacely Sprockets.
** In "Elroy's Mob", Elroy's (robot) teacher, Miss Brainmocker, has a [[TechnoBabble short circuit in one of her transistors]] that manifests as if her voice were a stuck record, requiring her to perform PercussiveMaintenance on ''herself''. She is unamused when ClassClown Kenny Countdown mimics her malfunction and smacks his own head to "resolve" it.
** When it emerges that Rosie's master cylinder is thousands of miles overdue for a replacement in "Rosie Come Home", one of the ways the problem manifests itself is by Rosie's speech getting stuck repeating the same words.
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: In one episode George watches a clip from ''Rocky 912''.
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* 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.
* RobotAthlete: The robots in "Robot Football".
* RobotMaid: Rosie, who's iconic enough to also be the trope image.
* 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)
* ShamefulShrinking: The visual shorthand version happens to Judy in ''Rockin' with Judy Jetson'' when she's humiliated by Sky Rocker singing the wrong song.
* ShownTheirWork: Though the series regularly fell over WritersCannotDoMath, SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale, and TechnoBabble, the writers did occasionally include genuine science facts. For example, in "Family Fallout", the Jetsons' and the Spacelys' appearance on the eponymous quiz show opens with a question asking for Kepler's Third Law of Planetary Motion. Rosie buzzes in and correctly states that according to Kepler's Third Law, the squares of the periods of any two planets in the Solar System are proportional to the cubes of their mean distances to the Sun.[[note]] If ''T''[[subscript:1]] and ''T''[[subscript:2]] are the periods (that is, the time taken to complete a full revolution around the Sun) of two planets, and ''d''[[subscript:1]] and ''d''[[subscript:2]] are their mean distances to the Sun, then as an equation, Kepler's Third Law states that ''T''[[subscript:1]][[superscript:2]]/''T''[[subscript:2]][[superscript:2]]=''d''[[subscript:1]][[superscript:3]]/''d''[[subscript:2]][[superscript:3]].[[/note]]
* SocietyMarchesOn:
** So, why ''didn't'' Jane learn to drive (pilot?) in HighSchool? Perhaps because she was pregnant with Judy at the time (see WritersCannotDoMath 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".
** Possibly, the portrayal of Judy as a stereotypical teenage mallrat, what with the decline of malls, in favor of online shopping, during the 2010s. However, it's still too soon to say whether the trend is permanent. Stay tuned.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: The cat burglar who appeared in Astro's debut episode. He only appears in that episode but it's because of his attempt to rob the Jetsons back then they decided to keep Astro instead of an "appartment approved electronic dog" as their pet.
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Astro, actually pre-dating Hanna-Barbera's [[ScoobyDoo more famous canine example of this]].
* StupidFuturePeople: The show tried to show this by having the worst problems in society being getting tired of pushing buttons all the time, portraying it as being joint-breaking labor that the characters did nothing but complain about. Ha ha, ignorant future people don't know what work is.
* 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 two (space) dollars.
* 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 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.
* WebGames: Two Flash-based games were released in 1998 on the Cartoon Network website: ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/19981202032056/http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/games/index.html Mealtime Malfunction]]'' and ''[[https://archive.org/details/jetsons-space-race Jetsons Space Race]]''.
* 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]], especially since George is seven years older than Jane...
* {{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.


!! ''Robo-[=WrestleMania=]'' provides examples of:

* AnimationBump: While not in the same level as the theatrical movie, the animation in this is really good. Given the advancement in technology, it would've looked much better either way.
* CerebusRetcon: The original show made a lot of jokes about how hard manual labor is and how easy life in the future is. Here, the joke is deconstructed, and shows the consequences of relying too much on technology and future life.
* LogoJoke: The movie begins with a recreation of the 1974 "Rainbow H-B" Hanna-Barbera logo that looks almost identical to the original (the "H-B" text is not slanted in this version).
* NeverMyFault: George gladly lets Elroy accept the blame for Wrestling/TheBigShow's rampage when the latter says [[ItsAllMyFault it's all his fault]]. Jane is quick to call the former out on this though.
* ShoutOut: When the Jetsons are brought to Mr. [=McMahon=]'s office, the wrestlers are all shocked that Astro can talk. Mr. [=McMahon=] can only say, "Would you believe this isn't [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWrestlemaniaMystery the first time I've met]] [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo a talking dog?]]"
** Bonus points in that both Scooby and Astro are voiced by Frank Welker.
* TookALevelInJerkass: George subverts this trope. While he is more cowardly and prone to NeverMyFault moments than he was in the show and the previous movie, it's more of Big Show's intimidating personality causing him to get overly stressed out and not think straight. Plus, he's still shown to deeply care for his family.
* VocalEvolution: Creator/JeffBergman's voices for George Jetson and Mr. Spacely are respectively higher and lower (albeit not too much) than when he first started in 1990. It's justified in that he's voicing the characters for a full movie instead of a few scenes. Plus, he has more material to work with than with commercials or shorts, giving him room to stretch his vocal chords .