50 Years of the Jetsons: Why The Show Still Matters

“The Jetsons” was the distillation of every Space Age promise Americans could muster.

People point to “The Jetsons” as the golden age of American futurism because (technologically, at least) it had everything our hearts could desire: jetpacks, flying cars, robot maids, moving sidewalks.

But the creators of “The Jetsons” weren’t the first to dream up these futuristic inventions.

Virtually nothing presented in the show was a new idea in 1962, but what “The Jetsons” did do successfully was condense and package those inventions into entertaining 25-minute blocks for impressionable, media-hungry kids to consume.

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