September 23 in Sci-Fi History: ABC Gets Color with The Jetsons

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It was on this day in 1962 that the ABC network turned on its ability to broadcast in color with its first airing of, yes, The Jetsons.

Note that this video has the theme song, yes, but also stay until the end for the weird cartoon Scotch tape ad:

Premiering as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, the show capitalized on the success of The Flintstones and ran in prime time for a year before being moved to Saturday morning. In 1985, the franchise was fired back up and gave way to more episodes and groovy cross-movies, including this crossover:

There’s also a pretty amazing fan theory that the two shows take place at the same time. The good people over at Cartoon Conspiracy put this together:

Either way, if you need a little bit of a break lately (and let’s be honest, we could all use one), the Jetsons fly around in jetpacks, and they have a robot maid. Kick back. It’s pretty refreshing.

Tomorrow: Jim Henson and Herman Munster