Warner Archive Press Release: The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series (Blu-ray)

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THE JETSONS: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES (1962-1963)
Run Time 629:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, 4 X 3 FULL FRAME
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration 3-BD 50
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Janet Waldo on Rosie the Robot and A Date with Jet Screamer; Nuclear Family Album: Character Bios; Rosie the Robotic Maid: A Tribute; Featurettes: “The Jetsons: The Family of the Future” & “Space Age Gadgets”.

“Meet George Jetson … Jane, his wife … daughter Judy … his boy Elroy …” The catchy tune of The Jetsons ideally captures the lighthearted essence of the show, a futuristic counterpoint to The Flintstones that reflected the space-age optimism of the times. The Jetsons were the very first family, animated or not, to have a big-screen home entertainment system decades before it became a reality. They also had flying cars, floating cities and androids, all commonplace scenery of today’s most popular sci-fi blockbusters. Now this beloved series teletransports in High Definition, meticulously remastered for Blu-ray. This 3-disc set contains all 24 hilarious original episodes as first broadcast in prime-time on the ABC television network during the 1962-63 season.

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  1. Great news. I hope the subsequent two seasons make it out in time and finish it up.

    I haven't viewed the 1980's episodes in quite a few years (I only ever got around to buying season 1 on DVD). But they were so well done that I was completely unaware growing up in the 1980's and 1990's (I was a few weeks away from turning 3 when the second season premiered in 1985) that there was a 22 year gap in the series. Would love to own them in Blu-Ray quality to go with season 1.

    Now if they'd just start working on The Flintstones. Next year is the 60th anniversary, so hopefully they have something in store.

  2. ScottRE

    Original Jetsons? Without the 1980's syndicated episode titles? YES!

    I actually like it that the Jetsons 1962-63 DVD set has the episode titles after the opening credits.

    Some TV shows display episode titles after the opening credits, some don't. I think it should be mandatory for all TV shows to display the episode titles.

  3. Lecagr

    I actually like it that the Jetsons 1962-63 DVD set has the episode titles after the opening credits.

    Some TV shows display episode titles after the opening credits, some don't. I think it should be mandatory for all TV shows to display the episode titles.

    Well, the original 60's series didn't display them, and the later versions had 80's music with 80's art. So it wasn't an accurate representation of the series as originally aired. Besides, the episode titles would be on the menus, so you'd know what yer watchin'. I mean, you really want studios to put episode titles over the film well after the fact when they didn't have them before?

  4. ScottRE

    Well, the original 60's series didn't display them, and the later versions had 80's music with 80's art. So it wasn't an accurate representation of the series as originally aired. Besides, the episode titles would be on the menus, so you'd know what yer watchin'. I mean, you really want studios to put episode titles over the film well after the fact when they didn't have them before?

    It depends what each individual viewer prefers. I know that The Jetsons 1962-63 episodes originally didn't include titles, they were added later in the 1980's, but I like the titles and I'm glad the DVD set included them.

    Too bad that The Flintstones 1960-66 episodes are untitled. Those episodes should have titles also.

  5. When I was recording everything off the air, I really did wish every series had episode titles at the start. It was super difficult to index them pre-internet. SeaQuest, I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas were very frustrating.

  6. To quote Rodney Dangerfield "No respect, no respect at all"

    How dare WB not included Rosie on the cover, Rosie is very important to the series, she's been featured on previous home video releases, including the DVD's. So why would they drop her for the shows Blu-ray debut?

  7. darkrock17

    To quote Rodney Dangerfield "No respect, no respect at all"

    How dare WB not included Rosie on the cover, Rosie is very important to the series, she's been featured on previous home video releases, including the DVD's. So why would they drop her for the shows Blu-ray debut?

    Maybe an oversight on the part of WB excluding Rosie from the cover art.

    The Jetsons 1962-63 series has only 24 episodes, that's a low number of episodes for early 1960's TV. 30 or 32 episodes would have been better. Top Cat has 30 episodes.

  8. Great news on the Jetsons. To me there is only one Jetsons The 1962-63 Prime time show. When they moved it to a lower budget Saturday morning cartoon in the 80's I couldn't get into it. The drop in story quality, the drop in quality to the look of the animation and the addition of an annoying scrappy doo character: Orbity all killed it for me. To me a night and day difference. But very Happy for the original Jetsons. I'm in and yes I hope it is all original credits and not the later added title cards.

  9. Lecagr

    It depends what each individual viewer prefers. I know that The Jetsons 1962-63 episodes originally didn't include titles, they were added later in the 1980's, but I like the titles and I'm glad the DVD set included them.

    Too bad that The Flintstones 1960-66 episodes are untitled. Those episodes should have titles also.

    The original Flinstones and Jetsons were prime time shows. Prime time TV in the 50's and 60's didn't use episode titles very often. Saturday morning cartoons are a different story.

  10. Randy Korstick

    The original Flinstones and Jetsons were prime time shows. Prime time TV in the 50's and 60's didn't use episode titles very often. Saturday morning cartoons are a different story.

    I think it's better whenever a TV show episode displays the episode title at the beginning.

    Some of those Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera cartoons display episode titles, and some don't. The original Josie And The Pussycats series displays episode titles, but the follow up series "In Outer Space" doesn't display episode titles. The Hair Bear Bunch displays episode titles. Clue Club doesn't display episode titles.

  11. Lecagr

    I think it's better whenever a TV show episode displays the episode title at the beginning.

    Some of those Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera cartoons display episode titles, and some don't. The original Josie And The Pussycats series displays episode titles, but the follow up series "In Outer Space" doesn't display episode titles. The Hair Bear Bunch displays episode titles. Clue Club doesn't display episode titles.

    But Flinstones and Jetsons don't because they are not Saturday morning cartoons is what I meant. They are prime time shows. I Love Lucy, Bewitched, I dream of Jeannie, Leave it to Beaver etc don't display episode titles either. Not saying they shouldn't just saying that because they are prime time shows they didn't use them. Personally I prefer my episodes the way they originally aired. I grew up watching Jetsons reruns in the 70's and early 80's and they didn't have those titles then. They were added after the 1985 and on new episodes were created as a way to connect the two series for reruns.

  12. Randy Korstick

    But Flinstones and Jetsons don't because they are not Saturday morning cartoons is what I meant. They are prime time shows. I Love Lucy, Bewitched, I dream of Jeannie, Leave it to Beaver etc don't display episode titles either. Not saying they shouldn't just saying that because they are prime time shows they didn't use them. Personally I prefer my episodes the way they originally aired. I grew up watching Jetsons reruns in the 70's and early 80's and they didn't have those titles then. They were added after the 1985 and on new episodes were created as a way to connect the two series for reruns.

    That was mostly with comedies, which I think it what you're getting at. A lot of dramatic series, anthologies and SF/Adventure shows did display titles. Star Trek, The Green Hornet, every Quinn Martin show, the Irwin Allen shows, The Outer Limits, Thriller, The Lieutenant, The Twilight Zone (after awhile), Batman, The Man from UNCLE, MIssion: Impossible (after awhile) Bonanza and so on.

  13. Randy Korstick

    But Flinstones and Jetsons don't because they are not Saturday morning cartoons is what I meant. They are prime time shows. I Love Lucy, Bewitched, I dream of Jeannie, Leave it to Beaver etc don't display episode titles either. Not saying they shouldn't just saying that because they are prime time shows they didn't use them.

    Regarding prime time shows from the 1950's to 70's, it seems that the drama shows are more likely to display the episode titles, and less likely for the sitcoms.

  14. Anyone remember after years of Saturday morning reruns on NBC, at some point — I want to say the LAST time the show played on NBC, in the early 1980s — there were cuts made to the series opening, and they looked like they were physically spliced out of the film. The intro started abruptly around the point where the words "The Jetsons" appeared on screen.

    Then after the words "Jane his wife" there was an abrupt splice, cutting out the bit where he goes to hand her a bill and she instead takes his wallet. They cut to George arriving at work.

    I certainly hope the shows are restored to their original state before all the 1985 revision shenanigans.

  15. Mark Y

    Anyone remember after years of Saturday morning reruns on NBC, at some point — I want to say the LAST time the show played on NBC, in the early 1980s — there were cuts made to the series opening, and they looked like they were physically spliced out of the film. The intro started abruptly around the point where the words "The Jetsons" appeared on screen.

    Then after the words "Jane his wife" there was an abrupt splice, cutting out the bit where he goes to hand her a bill and she instead takes his wallet. They cut to George arriving at work.

    I certainly hope the shows are restored to their original state before all the 1985 revision shenanigans.

    The Jetsons' Saturday morning run had many jumps across CBS and NBC after its final run on ABC in the 1963-64 season (where its Saturday morning trek first started): it first landed on CBS's Saturday morning lineup for the 1964-65 season, and then moved to NBC for the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons, sitting out the 1967-69 seasons before going back to CBS for the 1969-71 seasons, and then to NBC again (on and off) from 1971 to 1983 (skipping over the 1976-78 seasons, the early part of the 1978-79 season, and the 1981-82 season). Locally syndicated (weekday afternoon) reruns of the series also simultaneously existed around 1967.

    This series, along with Jonny Quest and the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts, was one of the few to have been seen on all of the "Big Three" television networks.

    ~Ben

  16. ClassicTVMan1981X

    The Jetsons' Saturday morning run had many jumps across CBS and NBC after its final run on ABC in the 1963-64 season (where its Saturday morning trek first started): it first landed on CBS's Saturday morning lineup for the 1964-65 season, and then moved to NBC for the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons, sitting out the 1967-69 seasons before going back to CBS for the 1969-71 seasons, and then to NBC again (on and off) from 1971 to 1983 (skipping over the 1976-78 seasons, the early part of the 1978-79 season, and the 1981-82 season). Locally syndicated (weekday afternoon) reruns of the series also simultaneously existed around 1967.

    This series, along with Jonny Quest and the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts, was one of the few to have been seen on all of the "Big Three" television networks.

    ~Ben

    I remember it occasionally aired on Saturday mornings on WGN-Channel 9 In Chicago, and later Sunday mornings (and eventually weekdays) on WFLD-Channel 32. This was either simultaneously with the NBC Saturday morning reruns, or intermittent when NBC wasn't running it.

  17. Looks like I will be upgrading my old DVD set to this new Blu-ray set. I've been very pleased with the Jonny Quest set so I don't see any reason not to upgrade. Plus, original broadcast versions. I'm in.

  18. Brian Himes

    Looks like I will be upgrading my old DVD set to this new Blu-ray set. I've been very pleased with the Jonny Quest set so I don't see any reason not to upgrade. Plus, original broadcast versions. I'm in.

    Is it verified that they are the original versions?

  19. I've always loved The Jetsons original season and not the new seasons over two decades later, echoing what Randy K. wrote.

    In the 1990's I won a contest and the prize was an animation cel from The Jetsons, autographed by Joseph Hanna and William Barbera. It's similar to the Blu-Ray cover pictured above, except it has a yellow background.

  20. The TV Shows on DVD Roundup thread, in today's link, says this about The Jetsons release:

    NOTE: previously available on DVD format in season sets, this is the first Blu-ray Disc release, and the first time as a complete series. Date, pricing, and details are not available as of this writing…stay tuned!

    So, this information is misleading, no?

  21. I haven't seen the 80's episodes in many years. Now I'm wondering if they were as well done as I had thought. I'll have to revisit them and see for myself someday on DVD or hopefully Blu-Ray.

    The Orbitty hate for example isn't something I was ever aware of. The way I remember it, Orbitty barely had a presence. But you guys are making it sound like he/she/it (Do they ever say?) was a big part of the revival and that the character wasn't well received by some (Sounds like The Great Gazoo from the last season of The Flintstones).

  22. MartinP.

    The TV Shows on DVD Roundup thread, in today's link, says this about The Jetsons release:

    NOTE: previously available on DVD format in season sets, this is the first Blu-ray Disc release, and the first time as a complete series. Date, pricing, and details are not available as of this writing…stay tuned!

    So, this information is misleading, no?

    Correct, that is misleading. The DVD included the entire 60s series but was labeled a "first season," as was Jonny Quest. Even the recent anniversary DVD reissue didn't correct for this.

  23. I was also disappointed with the 1980s episodes. The voices sounded OK to me. It was the stories that were the problem – much more aimed at kids.I remember waiting all those years for new episodes and being excited that we were finally getting some. And later realizing “be careful of what you wish for”. They were OK, but not as good as the originals.

    Those new episodes didn’t run on Saturday mornings, btw. They were originally aired in syndication as a strip – five days per week in the afternoons. Definitely a difference in quality between a primetime series and a weekday afternoon series.

  24. sjbradford

    I was also disappointed with the 1980s episodes. The voices sounded OK to me. It was the stories that were the problem – much more aimed at kids.I remember waiting all those years for new episodes and being excited that we were finally getting some. And later realizing “be careful of what you wish for”. They were OK, but not as good as the originals.

    Those new episodes didn’t run on Saturday mornings, btw. They were originally aired in syndication as a strip – five days per week in the afternoons. Definitely a difference in quality between a primetime series and a weekday afternoon series.

    I remember our local station in Chicago showing the new episodes on weekdays and the original series on Sunday mornings at first.

    I loved the original Jetsons, but couldn't get into the new ones for whatever reasons. However, I loved "The New Fred And Barney Show." Go figure.

  25. If I remember right, the DVD release only used one end credits segment for the entire season meaning that voice actors and writers weren't getting properly credited for their respective episodes because the same one kept being used over and over.

  26. Jack P

    If I remember right, the DVD release only used one end credits segment for the entire season meaning that voice actors and writers weren't getting properly credited for their respective episodes because the same one kept being used over and over.

    So they did the same thing as their Jonny Quest DVDs?

  27. Jack P

    If I remember right, the DVD release only used one end credits segment for the entire season meaning that voice actors and writers weren't getting properly credited for their respective episodes because the same one kept being used over and over.

    I'm surprised the lawyers let that slide. I remember Earl Kress saying lawyers made them split each Wacky Races show into two separate cartoons, each with its own show opening and closing. Maybe because it was marketed as having "34" episodes when there were really only 17 half-hours.

  28. ScottRE

    So they did the same thing as their Jonny Quest DVDs?

    Right… on the original DVD release of the O-R Jonny Quest, most of the episodes use the closing credits from episode 4 ("Pursuit of the Po-Ho," the last episode of the series to feature John Stephenson as the voice of Dr. Quest), except for episode 9 ("Double Danger"), which likewise also uses the wrong end credits, in that case, from episode 3 ("The Curse of Anubis").

    ~Ben

  29. Am I missing something — I don't see a release date for this.

    Reading this announcement prompted me to pull out the original Jetsons DVD set. I've been watching several of the episodes. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this show watching it on Saturday mornings (and later in syndication). I would actually rank it among my favorite cartoon shows.

    I am somewhat annoyed at the 1980s title cards added to the episodes, but I'm a little ambivalent about it. I can understand why they did it — the writers of each episode are properly (?) credited, for one thing. Each show has the same closing, just from one episode — I honestly don't remember if that was the case on the Saturday morning reruns or not.

    After a quick check of the episodes on the DVD set, am I correct that all but "A Date With Jet Screamer" include the laugh tracks? That was there originally, right?

  30. LeoA

    I haven't seen the 80's episodes in many years. Now I'm wondering if they were as well done as I had thought. I'll have to revisit them and see for myself someday on DVD or hopefully Blu-Ray.

    The Orbitty hate for example isn't something I was ever aware of. The way I remember it, Orbitty barely had a presence. But you guys are making it sound like he/she/it (Do they ever say?) was a big part of the revival and that the character wasn't well received by some (Sounds like The Great Gazoo from the last season of The Flintstones).

    That was nothing compared to the after-the-fact hate-cult for Scrappy-Doo in the early days of the Internet.

    I was a kid during the Jetsons reboot years; I barely remembered Orbitty at all except that he wasn't in the 1990 movie. Nobody noticed because that was overshadowed by Janet Waldo getting pushed out for Tiffany when they moved heaven and earth to get George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc right before they died (they missed Daws Butler by that much making Elroy's replacement necessary). Why couldn't they just let Tiffany have the songs and let Janet do the speaking voice, other than the Billboard charts overruling common sense? Disney would go on to do the same thing with Jasmine, Simba, Pocahontas, et al by having vocal doubles for the songs Marni Nixon-style. In this case, I blame Universal and not H-B; they retained Janet for the two TV-movies they made before the theatrical film without Universal's involvement. Both studios were being sold again around that time.

    As for the difference in quality, part of that is because the original ABC series was done in prime time when they were still at Screen Gems, but the later years were in daytime syndication when Taft Broadcasting still owned them. It was then that they migrated to Saturday morning and their output got more child-centric; even when they got Tom and Jerry back in the 1970s after a decade with Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones, their new adventures were bowdlerized beyond belief. Considering The Jetsons had only one season originally, it's amazing how long they were in reruns when The Flintstones ran six years originally and then got reboot after reboot after reboot. It was only a matter of time before The Jetsons came back. They tried to reboot it in the 1970s, but the networks passed that up; H-B turned it into Partridge Family 2200 AD and only then did CBS want it. But was its reboot any more disappointing than the Comedy Central Futurama reboot? Or the Netflix Arrested Development? Perhaps you really can't go home again.

  31. MatthewA

    Why couldn't they just let Tiffany have the songs and let Janet do the speaking voice, other than the Billboard charts overruling common sense?

    This was the beginning of the practice of having “names” do voices in animated features, rather than trained voice actors. It’s a real shame.

    MatthewA

    Considering The Jetsons had only one season originally, it's amazing how long they were in reruns when The Flintstones ran six years originally and then got reboot after reboot after reboot.

    “The Jetsons” was our “Honeymooners”, which only had 39 episodes available for the longest time. We watched those same 24 episodes of “The Jetsons” over and over again, and it didn’t seem to matter. There was something special about the series that made it rewatchable despite the relatively small number of episodes.

  32. sjbradford

    This was the beginning of the practice of having “names” do voices in animated features, rather than trained voice actors. It’s a real shame.

    I don't like that practice at all. It's gimmicky and probably just intended to bring in more moviegoers. I have noticed that often they are not credited as voice artists, they are listed as "cast" as if they themselves are actually in the movie, and often character designs seem to be based on the voice actors themselves.

    But there are numerous other things about movies these days that turn me off. 90% of them being remakes, "reboots" and sequels, just for starters. Lazy bums.

    “The Jetsons” was our “Honeymooners”, which only had 39 episodes available for the longest time. We watched those same 24 episodes of “The Jetsons” over and over again, and it didn’t seem to matter. There was something special about the series that made it rewatchable despite the relatively small number of episodes.

    I concur. When I first used to see it, it only aired once a week on Saturday mornings, so that probably helped (versus weekdays where they would go through the episodes much faster).

    I also recall that during the years when it was on Saturday mornings on NBC in the 1970s, WGN-Channel 9 in Chicago ran it for a time, also on Saturday mornings only. (I don't know if the syndicated runs overlapped the network runs.) Later WFLD-Channel 32 picked it up and they initially only showed it on Sunday mornings.

    Later WFLD did air it on weekdays, but I remember one summer when the Jetsons ran weekdays for a month, then they switched to Underdog. (Normally their summer lineups were pretty stable. At first I thought maybe their rights had expired, but I think they ran it the next summer as well. I bet it was so they didn't repeat them too much.)

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