And not even a mention for The Jetsons at the Emmy Awards which has just turned 50…
Hanna-Barbera’s classic show first aired on September 23 1962 and lasted only 24 episodes. It was the first show ever broadcast in color on ABC.
Apart from it’s funky jazz theme tune, it managed to predict quite a few inventions, or their equivalent, that we see today.
I remember seeing Judy on a video phone call to her friend (Webcam, Skype anyone?) although she wore a mask to hide her early morning circles.
There were characters walking around watching tablet-size devices and viewing TV on their watches (ok maybe we don’t quite have the latter yet).
They had tanning beds and technology that talked with a human voice.
Ok admittedly we don’t have flying cars that can be folded up into a brief case, and The Jetsons sure weren’t able to predict multiculturalism.
But for a show that only ran for one season (let’s not even mention the dud revival or movie) it still burns brightly in our memories.
The Smithsonian magazine blog paleofuture, which has a much longer love letter to its 50th anniversary, called the show, “the single most important piece of 20th century futurism … that helped define the future for so many Americans today.”
“Jane, stop this crazy thing!”