The Jetsons

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Quotes (52)

  • (After she finishes preparing dinner and sets the table) Rosey: Come and get it! Spacely: What's that? George: (chuckles nervously) That's the dinner bell. Spacely: A dinner bell that goes "Come and get it"?!?

  • (During Judy's Jet Screamer party) George: You call that music? Jane: And George, when you play your drums, Judy doesn't call that music. So you're even. George: Oh, yeah? I'll take the drums every time. Jane: Where are you going? George: Down to the corner to get some bananas. Jane: But you don't eat bananas. George: I'm not gonna eat them. I'm gonna stuff them in my (drops down the tube) EAAAAAARRRSSS!!!

  • (After Judy leaves on her date) Jane: Well, there they go. George: Yeah, our little Judy with a guy we don't know anything about. Jane: Oh, what's to get excited about? George: What's to get excited about?!? You know the old saying: "When danger threatens the young, doth not the mother eagle bare her claws?" Jane: An eagle? You're acting more like a cuckoo bird. George, now where are you going? George: My daughter's gonna have a chaperone whether she likes it or (drops down the tube again) NOOOOOOTTT!!!

  • (Imitating Jet Screamer's spin entry) George: Baby, baby, baby! Oh, oh, oh! Your daddy's home, and he's the star of the show! Oh, oh, oh! Oh, oh, oh! Jane: George, what's going o-o-on? Judy: Mother, you are looking at the new president of the Jet Screamer Fan Club.

  • (George is asleep at the start of the episode, snoring away) Computer Voice: George Jetson? George Jetson? Time to get up, sir. (George doesn't respond, he just keeps snoring away) Computer Voice: George Jetson? George Jetson? Time to get up. (At last, but ever so slightly, George stirs awake and mutters, but goes back to sleep again. A mechanical arm reaches out and taps him on the head. He awakens a bit more) Computer Voice: Mr. Jetson, sir, time for us to get up, sir. Up, up, up, up, up, up, up. George: (groggily) Okay, okay. (He turns from his position in the bed and sits on the bed, then yawns and falls back asleep) Computer Voice: All right, sir, we'll do it the hard way. (A trumpet pops out of the wall and blasts a loud note right next to George's ear. Now fully awake, George leaps to the ceiling and clings there like a cat) Computer Voice: And have a good day, sir.

  • Reporter: In a moment, 200 tons of force will crash down on him, and does he care?
    George: Uh-uh! (the pile driver smashes the boulder that's placed on top of the life jack he's wearing, crumbling it to pieces, leaving him unscathed)
    Spacely: How was it, Jetson?
    George: This is the first time I've had a jacket pressed while I was wearing it.

  • Spacely: Ready for the thermoelectric resistance test?
    George: (strapped to a chair) Ready!
    Professor Lunar: Wait, wait! (hands George a long fork with a hot dog wiener attached) Hold this while I throw the switch (zaps him with electricity) Whoopee! I say, it's a success!
    George: What's this for?
    Professor Lunar: (taking back the fork with wiener) For lunch. What else?

  • George: Now hear this! Everything--Everything you all bought goes back to the store.
    Jane: But George, you said our ship had come in.
    George: It sunk!

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Notes (57)

  • This is the series pilot.

  • Unlike most shows, this episode was not written by the creator (s).

  • Janet Waldo began as a voiceover actor as Judy Jetson in this episode.

  • George's middle initial is J.

  • George is talented with the drums and gets to show it off in this episode.

  • The Jet Screamer spin entry sound effect was regularly used on the Winsome Witch shorts of The Secret Squirrel Show, occuring every time she uses her magic and says "Ippedty, pippedty, POW!" The sound effect was also used on one of the last Hanna-Barbera logos seen at the end of various HB shows. It was the animated rectangular logo that featured several All-Stars streaking across from Fred, Barney, and Dino (The Flintstones), George and Elroy Jetson, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw (in his guise of El Kabong) and Scooby-Doo.

  • The song "Eep-Opp-Ork-Ah-Ah" (That Means I Love You) is performed.

  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Skypad Apartments superintendant Henry Orbit.

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Trivia (79)

  • Goof: Early in the episode, a closeup shot shows Jane with sleeves on her dress, but it usually has none.

  • Goof: The final scene is set in the evening when the family is about to settle in for the night, but a shot by the window briefly shows a day sky.

  • Goof: At the end, when Judy returns home and Jane asks her if she had a good time, her purple stockings are missing as she's briefly bare-legged.

  • On a Yogi's Galaxy Goof-Ups episode titled Purloined Princess, the song heard at the discoteque was a disco version of the Jet Screamer hit, "Eep-Opp-Ork-Ah-Ah".

  • Goof: During the conversation on the visaphone, a closeup on Elroy shows the sleeve of his scout uniform missing.

  • Goof: Toward the end, Mr. Spacely is addressed as Cosmo Q. Spacely. But in Jetson's Nite Out, his middle initial was G.

  • Goof: Toward the end of the scene when George aspires for riches for the family after trying out the flying pills, Elroy's collar is colored white instead of red.

  • Goof: During the bungled tests of the flying suit, a sleeve on Cogswell's outfit is missing.

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Allusions (19)

  • The Indianapolis 500
    A futuristic version of this race is referred to as the Indianapolis 500,000.

  • Screen Gems The Space Gems TV studio is a play on the former television division of Columbia Pictures. At the time, they distributed many Hanna-Barbera shows, including The Jetsons.

  • Title pun: TV or Not TV The episode title is a spoof of the famous William Shakespeare quote 'To be or not to be, that is the question.'

  • This game show in this episode is loosely based on two long-running TV game shows, Family Feud and Let's Make a Deal.

  • Title Pun: Parody of M.A.S.H. But story and plot of this episode have no direct relation to that TV series.

  • The Wrong Stuff: Mock title of the movie The Right Stuff.

  • Gong with the Solar Wind: Mock title version of the movie Gone with the Wind.

  • The title of this episode is a parody of the movie Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

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