YMMV: The Jetsons

From the TV series

  • Ear Worm: Epp opp ork ah-ah!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Astro.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The fanbase usually does not acknowledge or even speak of the '80s version, as the stories and animation are regarded as weaker as well as the fact that it introduced Orbitty.
    • Inverted in Mexico: It's the original 60's version who is normally ignored for Mexican fans, partly because the time skip between the 60's and the 80's version and partly because Mexican broadcasters normally put more emphasis in the 80's version, not to mention the 60's version is rarely rerunned in Mexico compared with the 80's one.
  • Fridge Horror: All cars fly, and all buildings are miles above the ground, standing on stilts. The ground is rarely, if ever, actually shown. It's been theorized that maybe the world flooded, or went through some environmental disaster. (A Harvey Birdman episode joked that they lived so high up because the ice caps had melted and flooded the earth.)note 
    • It would appear that the only human ethnic group to survive into the future were Occidental. Worst case scenario: the result of racial cleansing via historic war or genetic modification. Only applies for the original TV show. Later additions would throw in a Token Minority, most likely because someone took note of this rather unsettling environment.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The moving sidewalks stick out in the actual twenty-first century (though mostly seen in airports), where most people these days are becoming fatter and lazier due to poor diet and little to no exercise.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Spacely. Despite being a mean boss, he often has to deal with his snobbish wife and bratty half pint son who has little to no respect for him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The "Robots Revenge" episode from the 1985 revival. George pisses off one robot who then issues a "code red" where robots and machines everywhere turn against George, including Rosie!
  • The Scrappy: Orbitty.
  • Values Dissonance: In the second season: the family is watching TV one night and learn that the priest who married George and Jane was actually a con-man, and that this one thing somehow meant they were never actually married. This means Judy and Elroy are bastard children. How did this episode get green lit?
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: The music in the 80s revival is about 30% Simmons electric drums.
  • The Woobie:
    • George, obviously, considering he has to put up with Mr. Spacely as a boss.
    • Also Astro whenever George is too harsh with him and especially in "Elroy Meets Orbitty".

From the 1990 movie

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The "You and Me" song sequence.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: A real life example as both George O'Hanlon (the voice of George) and Mel Blanc (the voice of Mr. Spacely) were both near the end of their lives making this the final movie of their careers. This is especially noticeable with George O'Hanlon who was getting so weak during the end of production that he could barely record his lines, but refused to give up before he finished this movie.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Teddy 2.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans of the original series shunned this film after Tiffany replaced Janet Waldo as the voice of Judy Jetson in a bit of cheap Stunt Casting by Universal.
    • The same happens in Latin America, except with the whole cast.
  • Fridge Logic: Apparently the apartment complex is lowered at nighttime and ends up in the blanket of smog surrounding the ground-level of Earth, and Rosie can raise it up; but then you realize, Rosie has the authority to raise up the entire apartment complex? The Jetsons don't own the whole building!
    • They are, however, close friends of the building's superintendent, Henry Orbit. Maybe he gave permission to Rosie (his robot assistant's girlfriend) to raise and lower the building?
    • In any case, this previously happened in a 1960s episode, where the building rose above a storm.
  • Moral Event Horizon: You know those innocent Grungies being killed by Spacely's drills? He knew they were there and he started drilling anyway, and he fought to keep drilling until George shut the drill down via pinpoint sabotage.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Brad Garrett voiced Bertie Furbelow, his film debut and a very early role in his career overall.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Judy's side plot.
  • Tear Jerker: When Elroy nearly dies, and George and Jane's reactions after he is saved.
    • A real life example with both George O'Hanlon (the voice of George) and Mel Blanc (the voice of Mr. Spacely) who both died shortly after recording their lines and never got to see the finished product.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The CGI used in the movie. Of course, the effects are dated nowadays, but back in 1990, these computer animated scenes were amazing.
  • The Woobie: Elroy.