The Jetsons – A Cartoon Review

 

Produced and directed by popular duo William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom that first aired in 1962. It is the futuristic counterpart of The Flintstones, a similar show with its action placed in the Stone Age.

The Jetsons tells the funny adventures of a regular family from the future, composed of George Jetson, his wife Jane, and their kids – Judy Angela, and Elroy.

The characters

Each of the characters has a defining trait and, as much as the show would want to offer a futuristic perception of life, it still depicts most of the common stereotypes found in the early 1960s.

George Jetson is the head of the family and the only provider, having a blue-collar job, while Jane is a housewife who is rather interested in fashion and in having an active social life. She is the typical upper-class American wife who wants to please her husband. She is a socialite and an active member of the community, trying to keep her mind and life busy.

Judy Angela is the classic teenage girl who’s also obsessed with clothing and boys, while Elroy is a very smart six-year-old who is passionate about space science.

Other regular characters of the show include Astro, the family’s dog, and Rosie, the household robot. There is little diversity in the color and ethnicity of the characters, and this is probably the most outdated element of the show so far.

 

Why is the show important today?

The original production only had one season, but it was renewed two decades later and aired again between 1985 and 1987. Although the Jetsons didn’t manage to become an accurate depiction of the modern ages and the future, it is still relevant in some aspects of our current life.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of technologies and situations that the show accurately predicted almost 60 years ago. And, the weirdest of them all, is pollution. Although not exactly stating it, the main reason why the cartoon society chose to live in the clouds is that of pollution.

Accurate predictions of the future

Although we’re not yet driving flying cars or living up in the clouds, there are plenty of aspects of our lives that are accurately depicted in this classic cartoon.

The first and most important is the presence of a robot servant. Although an outdated model, Rosie has become a part of the family and a true confident for all its members. Back to reality, it’s safe to say that robots are part of our lives and there won’t be long until many of the households have one.

Video chats, flat screens, and smartwatches represent just some of the inventions that the creators of the show considered futuristic nearly 60 years ago but are now common parts of our reality.

 

3 best sites about astronomy

Learning new and interesting stuff related to astronomy is a must if you want to become that person that everybody in the room wants to have a conversation with. It’s such a big deal to be able to speak about stars, planets, and everything that goes beyond the sky. Given the amount of information you can find on the internet, it’s easier to have full access to your field of interest without too much effort.

Most people wouldn’t believe how many things you can find out from the comfort provided by your own personal computer. Because I’ve been a big fan of several astronomy sites in the recent years, I’ve decided to give you some hints about my favorite places where you can read all sorts of useful information and events related to astronomy.  

  1. https://www.universetoday.com/

Some people really like to be informed 24h/7 days a week about different space events and news. If you’re one of them and you need a website that keeps you up to date, you should take a look at this little gem. Basically, a blog written by various content writers that love astronomy just as much as you do, it is packed with the latest news and data that you could possibly imagine. Moreover, it encourages its visitors to leave comments if they have suggestions or really liked something.

There a section called Carnival where any visitor is invited to host a weekly event and showcased articles written on certain topics about space and astronomy. Basically, it’s a great opportunity to get your passion to the next level.

 

  1. https://www.space.com/

The website was launched in 1999 and has been ever since in the top favorite websites visited by astronomy freaks. Here you’ll see everything that you’re searching for, from space exploration, skywatching to commercial flights in space and other technologies.

Furthermore, it provides information for its readers about the latest discoveries, space missions but also futuristic thoughts that might happen someday. The best part is that the website is quite user-friendly and the articles are sharp and concise. Plus, there’s an excellent gallery photo that you can admire and a video section that is worth checking out.

  1. https://www.nasa.gov/

The list wouldn’t be complete without this incredible source of information. Besides the fact that it’s the most visited site in the entire world, NASA knows how to make you happy when it comes to space.

The site offers the ‘Image of the Day’ feature and some cool tweets coming from real astronauts. This ultimate resource for space fanatics allows you to spend hours browsing each section without ever getting bored.

Aside from this, you can actually look at a live video feed transmitted from the International Space Station and hear the people working there talking to each other. What a blast!