The Jetsons - The Complete First Season
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Meet George Jetson and his quirky family: wife Jane, son Elroy and daughter Judy. Living in the automated, push-button world of the future hasn't made life any easier for the harried husband and father, who gets into one comical misadventure after another!]]>
Like The Flintstones, The Jetsons borrowed heavily from live-action sitcoms, notably The Donna Reed Show and Hazel. The 21st century became a Futurelux vision of a '60s suburb. George Jetson (voiced by George O'Hanlon) pushed buttons for the penny-pinching Mr. Spacely (Mel Blanc). Judy (Janet Waldo) was a typical teenager with a crush on rock & roll singer Jet Screamer. Elroy (Daws Butler) was a bright little boy whose experiments always blew up. Astro (Don Messick) was one of the first anthropomorphic dogs that became a Hanna-Barbera standard. Jane (Penny Singleton, basically reprising her role in the Blondie films) kept everyone and everything on course. The Flintstones used rocks and animals to approximate everyday appliances; The Jetsons had high-tech gadgets that invariably malfunctioned and clobbered George.
Aside from two commentaries by Waldo and a short making-of video with old footage of Hanna and Barbera, the DVD set has little in the way of extras: no bumpers, commercials, etc. The Jetsons hardly ranks as great animation, but for anyone who grew up during the '60s and '70s, these discs are the comforting video equivalent of a slice of yellow cake with fudge frosting and a glass of milk. (Rated G: alcohol and tobacco use, minor cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
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9/23/1962 "Rosey the maid" 3/10/1963
9/30/1962 "A date with Jet screamer" 12/23/1962
10/7/1962 "The space car" 3/31/1963
10/14/1962 "The coming of Astro" 4/7/1963
10/21/1962 "Jetson's night out" 3/24/1963
10/28/1962 "The good little scouts" 4/21/1963
11/4/1962 "The flying suit" 5/5/1963
11/11/1962 "Rosey's boy friend" 8/25/1963
11/18/1962 "Ellroy's tv show" 4/28/1963
11/25/1962 "Unilab" 5/12/1963
12/2/1962 "A visit from Grandpa" 6/2/1963
12/9/1962 "Astro's top secret" 5/26/1963
12/16/1962 "Ellroy's pal" 6/16/1963
12/30/1962 "Test pilot" 6/30/1963
1/6/1963 "Millionaire Astro" 7/7/1963
1/13/1963 "The little man" 7/14/1963
1/20/1963 "Las Venus" 6/9/1963
1/27/1963 "Jane's driving lesson" 7/21/1963
2/3/1963 "G.I. Jetson" 7/28/1963
2/10/1963 "Miss Solar System" 8/4/1963
2/17/1963 "Tv or not tv" 8/11/1963
2/24/1963 "Private property" 8/18/1963
3/3/1963 "Dude planet" 9/1/1963
3/17/1963 "Ellroy's mob" 9/8/1963
Even though I hadn't seen many of the episodes since the early sixties, I still remembered them. My favorites were the first one when Rosie the robot hits Mr. Spacely with her pineapple-upside down cake, the coming of Astro the dog and the show when George is shrunk down to size.
The images are clear and the sound is excellent. The jazz background music still excites me. My only complaint is that the episodes are preceded by a storyboard from when the shows were packaged with new episodes. I like things authentic, so the adding of a storyboard showing a character who didn't exist in the original first season of episodes bothered me for a second or two. But as soon as the episode starts, all is forgiven.
These shows are classics. Each episode brought back memories and brought a smile to my face.
With the Jetsons, Flintstones and Johnny Quest out on DVD, my cartoon wish list has been wonderfully diminished. Bring on Magilla Gorilla!!!!!!!
I love the Jetson's "food-a-rac-a-cycle", which is a cool device that instantly dispenses about any type of food you could imagine. Just press one button, and you've got an instant steak dinner. Now THERE'S one modern convenience I'm sure every 21st-century housewife wouldn't mind having in their kitchens today! Of course, the darn thing was always breaking down, or spitting out the wrong meals, or something of the sort, to drive George crazy! But that was part of the fun -- seeing George in a frantic or stressed-out state.
There are 24 episodes of "The Jetsons" included in this deluxe and very attractive 4-Disc DVD boxed set from Warner Home Video. These episodes are all from the 1962-1963 debut season of the animated series. Which, in my view, is actually the ONLY season from what could be termed the "Original" series of "The Jetsons". The series was revived more than two decades later, in 1984, with another 42 episodes produced and aired during the 1984-1985 TV season. And the show was resurrected yet again two years later, with an additional 9 "Jetsons" episodes airing in September and October of 1987.
These two later versions of the series did a good job (IMO) of re-establishing the link with the original '62 shows and format.Read more ›
It was in 1985 that the 'second season' was produced, with the 'third' offered in 1987-both of these were syndicated entries, and neither was very good(like most attempts at bringing back shows in the 80s). So, if you've got this first season, you've got "The Jetsons", basically. If you don't have it, you could easily acquire "The Jetsons: the Complete Series" by purchasing this, realistically. Die-hards and completists may argue with me on this, but buyer beware, the shows are lousy later in the run and all the great voice actors of the sixties program(who voiced other Hanna-Barbera's, as well) are all long gone. It's just not "The Jetsons". Sorry.
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I remember these in reruns as a kid and while not as liked by my as the Flintstones I still liked the cartoons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great Cartoons from the Past. This was a staple cartoon back in the 70's. If you like the Jetson's this is the one to get. They only made the one season. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob
THE JETSONS-THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: After the rock solid success of "modern stone-age family" THE FLINTSTONES, HANNA-BARBERA went in the other direction for THE JETSONS,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jukebox Dave
This show is one of my favorite, i watched this when it was new, episode 20 is my favorite onePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the Jetsons and really enjoyed this complete first season! The canned laughter is kind of silly but you get used to that after awhile :-)Published 3 months ago by Tyler Mitchell