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What The Simpsons or the Griffins are to Americans, the Mézgas are to Hungarians.

This Hungarian animated show, produced by Pannonia Film Studio, revolves around the life of a Dysfunctional Family: Bumbling Dad Géza, his bossy wife Paula, their ditzy daugher Kriszta and genius son Aladár, along with their pets Blöki the dog and Maffia the cat. Rounding out the cast is their Deadpan Snarker neighbour Máris, and, in the first series, their 30th century descendant MZ/X.


Three series have been produced, in 1968-69, 1974 and 1978, respectively, with vastly different plotlines. In the first series, Üzenet a jövőből: A Mézga család különös kalandjai (Message from the Future: The Strange Adventures of the Mézga Family), Aladár contats MZ/X on his radio. Once an Episode, Géza and Aladár try to avoid doing the chores they get from Paula by asking help from their future relative. Hilarity Ensues. In the second series, Mézga Aladár különös kalandjai (The Strange Adventures of Aladár Mézga), Aladár builds a spaceship and visits various Planets of Hats, accompanied by Blöki. In the third and final series, Vakáción a Mézga család (The Mézgas on a Vacation), the Mézgas and Máris go to Australia to meet Paula's former fiancée, the Con Artist Pisti Hufnágel, and the family ends up on a World Tour. The last series notably lacks the sci-fi elements of the first two.


Created mainly for adult audiences, the show was very popular in Hungary for its witty plot and unique, surreal humour. It has been dubbed to German, Slovakian, Czech and Italian. A fourth series, A Mézga család és a (sz)ámítógép (The Mézgas and the Computer), got into production in 2005, but ended up in Development Hell due to financial problems.

This show provides examples of:

  • A Boy and His X: Aladár and Blöki, especially in the second series.
  • Animal Jingoism: Between Blöki the dog and Maffia the cat.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Aladár is a kid genius and loves tinkering with stuff and making things but one episode in season 1 sees him admit he has been expelled from school and the start of season 2 his grades were so abysmal at the end of the semester his parents grounded him for the summer.
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  • Bumbling Dad: Géza.
  • Canine Companion: Blöki, to Aladár.
  • Child Prodigy / Teen Genius: Aladár starts as 12 in the first series, and appears to be somewhat older in the second.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being a major character in the second series, Blöki does not appear in the third.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Neighbour Máris; almost every line he speaks is a sarcastic comment on the Mézgas' bumbling. Aladár also has his moments.
  • Demoted to Extra: Géza, Paula and Kriszta in the second series, which stars Aladár and Blöki.
  • The Ditz: Kriszta.
  • Dom Com: The first series is essentially a Dom Com with sci-fi elements. In the second series the family is Out of Focus.
  • Domestic Appliance Disaster: Many episodes of the first series are about Geza and Aladar trying to avoid their mundane chores with household appliances from the future that are bound to go wrong.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Géza is a Fat Idiot Bumbling Dad and a Henpecked Husband, Paula is bossy but just as foolish as her husband, Kriszta is a ditzy teenage girl while Aladár is a Teen Genius who don't really get along with each other. Even their dog and cat are fighting each other all the time.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Máris's first name is only revealed in the final episode of the third series. It is Ottokár.
  • Fat Idiot: Géza is a chubby man who constantly makes stupid mistakes. Paula is also overweight and not very intelligent either.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Maffia is a female cat, taken care of by Kriszta, whereas Blöki is a male dog, taken care of by Aladár.
  • Frazetta Man: Aladár encounters two tribes of them when he accidentally travels 500,000 years back in time: the rowdy Pithecanthropus, and the Wicked Cultured Hooliganthropus.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the third series, a truck has the Bland-Name Product "Popsi" (a spoof of Pepsi) written on its side. The word means "butt" in Hungarian.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Kriszta, in all three series.
  • The Ghost: Pisti Hufnágel. Beginning as a Running Gag in the first series, Paula often wishes she'd married him instead of Géza; in the third series he bets a more prominent role, as he kicks off the plot by inviting the family to Australia.
  • Henpecked Husband: Géza is often ordered around by Paula.
  • Lean and Mean: Máris, to an extent. While not exactly evil, he despises his neighbours, and he willingly betrays them in the third series.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Kriszta is redesigned in the third series so that she looks slightly older and more curvy, and she spends a considerable amount of the series in swimsuits. It's a vacation after all.
  • Nuclear Family: The Mézgas. Dad, mum, daughter, son, dog and cat.
  • Only Sane Man: Aladár and Máris. The former is a Teen Genius who occasionally takes advantage of his gullible family, the latter is a grumpy Deadpan Snarker who often makes comments on his neighbours' idiocy.
  • Planet of Hats: All the planets Aladár visits in the second series are themed around something, such as one for robots where humans are slaves and tools, one underwater world, one where music reigns supreme, one structured like a crime novel...
  • Previously On: In the third series, each episode starts with a narrator telling a short, rhyming recap of what happened so far.
  • Running Gag:
    • Every time MZ/X sends something from the future, it breaks the window of Aladár's room.
    • Paula lamenting that she married Géza instead of Pisti Hufnágel.
    • In the second series, Paula and Géza wondering what is wrong with Aladár, then deciding there can be no reason as he is in his room like a grounded kid is supposed to be.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: In the third series the Mézgas leave Hungary and travel around the world.
  • Starfish Aliens: The family gets attacked by two of these in the space picnic episode.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: When Aladár travels back to the stone age, he encounters a standard wooly mammoth and sabre-toothed cat, as well as two tribes of Frazetta Man-like cavemen. He also meets a Megaloceros ("irish elk"), which is one of the more obscure ice age mammals. Fortunately, there are no dinosaurs.
  • Strictly Formula:
    • All episodes in the first series had the following plotline: Géza or one of his family members has a trivial problem; Géza asks for a device from the future to solve it; the device arrives breaking the windowpane, is activated then goes wrong and chaos ensues until it is destroyed, at which point Paula wonders why she didn't marry her teenage crush.
    • For that matter, all episodes in the second series start with Aladár, who is supposed to be grounded due to terrible grades, slipping off in his spaceship, arriving at a Planet of Hats, getting into a conondrum, making it home by sunrise, and his parents wondering what is so weird about the kid when he doesn't go anywhere.
  • Talking Animal: Blöki in the second series.
  • Television Serial: Unlike the first two series that have rather formulatic, self-contained episodes, the third series has a serialized narrative.
  • Time Travel: In one episode, MZ/X sends the Mézgas back to the Middle Ages. In another one, Aladár accidentally travels back 500,000 years, to the stone age.
  • World Tour: The third series, in which the Mézgas travel to Australia to meet Paula's acquaintance and old flame, Pisti Hufnágel, and end up traveling from place to place until they get back to Hungary.
  • Youthful Freckles: Kriszta.
  • Zeerust: The 30th century MZ/X lives in.