Will It Be A 'Jetsons' Future? Predictions For The Year 2062

By | January 11, 2018

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Left: Jane Jetson using The Ejector, which can eject all sorts of things. Right: George Jetson with Elroy's Scout Troop in 'The Good Little Scouts.' Source: Jetsons Wiki

The Jetsons was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon that originally aired on prime-time television from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963 for a total of only 24 episodes. It was a short run for a television show but it got everyone’s attention. The show was an animated sitcom about a futuristic family, and was actually the first show to air in full color on the ABC television network. Just the fact that the show aired in color was futuristic in and of itself.

We'll All Have Our Own Spaceships

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The Jetson family wave as they fly past buildings in space in their spaceship in a still from the animated television series, 'The Jetsons,' circa 1962. (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images)

The show premiered at the height of the Space Race. The United States and the Soviet Union were in close competition to see who would make space travel to the moon first. Less than a year before the first episode of The Jetsons aired, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in the Friendship 7 space capsule. The Jetsons may have been a nod to that success.