The JetsonsMeet George Jetson, and many folks did, then spent their Saturday mornings with him and his futuristic space age family. His boy Elroy, teenage daughter Judy, dog Astro and charming wallet grabbing wife Jane; all living in the year 2062. (100 years in the future at the time of the show’s debut.)

The Jetsons was first broadcast on this day 51 years ago bringing us a ‘clear vision’ of the year 2062.  It was the first program ever presented in color for ABC Television.

Some creative on the Hanna-Barbera team must have had a crystal ball when writing in flying cars, flat screen TV’s, tanning beds, video calls and a robot maid.

Flying car, you want one?  Check out Terrafugia, they’ll help you out with their Transfusion model that would have made George proud.

Back in the 1960’s televisions were huge boxes with teeny screens. Not in George Jetson’s home and office; flat-screen televisions were mounted to the walls like picture frames. Imagine that?

In one episode tanning beds were demonstrated and had three settings: Miami, Honolulu and Riviera. Now keep in mind tanning beds did not even appear until 1978.

Judy, George’s wife would conveniently check up on him via video chat. Today, Hello….Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangout.

Jetsons Maid

Disappointingly though for robot maids.  We need to move a little farther into the future for more than a clean floor.  If you know of a robot more skilled than the iRobot Roomba, please, please let me know.  I’m still waiting for Rosie the Robot to join our household.