The Jetsons

 
(i)

 

Fun, futuristic cartoon is still a kids' classic.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series is about family, and highlights the family values of the time it was originally on the air.

Positive role models

Overall the Jetsons work together well as a family, although the gender roles are somewhat stereotypical and dated.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic cartoon deals with old-fashioned family values in a futuristic setting. Although financial security and family relationships are important to the Jetson family, some of today's viewers may find the traditional male/female roles a little dated.

What's the story?

THE JETSONS is the story of an upper middle class space-age family living life in typical 1960s fashion. This classic cartoon delivers humor, a catchy theme song, and imaginative space age living -- all chores are accomplished by either the push of a button or by beloved robot maid Rosie. Hardworking George (voiced by George O'Hanlon) is always jetting off in his space ship to his job at Spacely Space Products, and Jane (Penny Singleton) is a caring, intuitive mother who uses buttons and robots to complete her chores. The Jetson kids -- boy-crazy teen Judy () and boy genius Elroy (Daws Butler) – keep their parents on their toes, as does lovable pooch Astro (Don Messick).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

All in all, The Jetsons have an exemplary family relationship. Even though the shows values are a little behind the times for today's standards, the characters exude mutual respect -- and that's something that people and families from all walks of life can learn from.

 

The show's problem areas are few and far between, and those that do exist can be attributed to how much times have changed since the show premiered in 1962. For example, "daughter Judy" is portrayed as boy-crazy and flaky, while her brother Elroy is a genius. Some would consider these roles sexist, since many attractive women in today's society are both boy crazy and intelligent and goal oriented.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about technology. How does technology make the simple things in life easier? Can technology make life more complicated? Is the Jetson family too dependent on technology? What would life be like for them if they didn't have all those technological devices? Are there any "futuristic" inventions on the show that now actually exist? Which inventions would you like to see created?

TV details

Cast:Daws Butler, George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton
Network:Boomerang
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters, Robots, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

This review of The Jetsons was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byhotdogchick April 9, 2008
 

Astro is so cute!

I like Astro the dog! He's so fine!
Teen, 13 years old Written byYlndgomez June 30, 2009
 

I LOVE THE JETSONS.

I LOVE THE JETSONS. I LOVE GEORGE JETSON. I LOVE ELROY JETSON. I LOVE JUDY JETSON. I LOVE JANE JETSON. I LOVE ASTRO.
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent Written byjolson123 November 26, 2010
 
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass