This year is a big one for science fiction mythology. If there is any truth in advertising, The Jetsons will be celebrating a blessed pre-event this year. According to the math, 2022 is the year George Jetson will be born. When it premiered on ABC on Sept. 23, 1962, The Jetsons’ promos explained the series, which had plotlines as old as The Flintstones, was set exactly 100 years in the future.
Everything there is to know about George, voiced by George O’Hanlon, seems to be laid out in the theme song. He is the husband of Jane Jetson (Penny Singleton), they have a teenage daughter Judy (Janet Waldo), who goes to go to Orbit High School, and a son named Elroy (Daws Butler), who orbits middle school. George works at Spacely’s Space Sprocket. Modern science has not yet determined what a space sprocket actually does, but we can assume it will be clear by 2062, when The Jetsons is set.
In the days when everyone had black-and-white TV sets, the Hanna-Barbera-produced The Jetsons was ABC’s first colorized program. It ran on Sunday nights. In the episode “Test Pilot,” which aired on Dec. 30, 1962, a physician named Dr. Lunar tells George to expect to “live to be 150,” which should give him another “110 good years.” The joke is an incidental one, remarking on the then-expected expanded life expectancy, but it concludes that the character is 40 years old when The Jetsons debuted. Now, if you carry the one and take out the commercial interruptions, the calculations find George Joseph Jetson was born on July 31 or August 1, 2022.
The 1973 environmental and overpopulation classic Soylent Green is also set in 2022. The film foretold the ecological disasters which are occurring in the earth’s oceans. It also presents a toy, which looked uncannily like Atari’s video game Asteroids, which wouldn’t hit the market until six years after the film was released. Elroy plays similar-looking games on The Jetsons, as well as owning a drone. The Jetson household has a flat-screen TV, tablet computers, robot vacuums, and of course, their housekeeper Rosie the Robot Maid. Jane had to go through a lot of trouble for that household necessity. They only go to the best of families.