Saturday, September 23, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 23

"The Jetsons" premiered on his day in 1962.

The Jetsons Fly into Town

ABC’s first TV show to be presented in color was The Jetsons which premiered on this day in 1962. The Sunday night program was created by Hanna-Barbera. The show featured George Jetson, Jane his wife, daughter Judy, and son Elroy living in Orbit City 100 years into the future. The family also owned Astro the dog and Rosie the robot who served as their maid. The original run of the show contained 24 episodes. After the last episode aired on September 22, 1963, the show moved to Saturday mornings where it aired back and forth from CBS to NBC in 1964-1967, 1969-1976, 1979-1981 and 1982-1983. In 1985, brand new episodes (complete with the show’s original voices) were created to mix with the old and were shown in syndication from 1985-1987. In 1990, the space-age family made it to the big screen for Jetsons: The Movie. In 2015, it was announced that Warner Bros. had planned for a new Jetsons feature film and as of May 25, 2017, it was announced that Conrad Vernon would be directing the movie. In 2017, Hanna-Barbera/Warner Bros. created the home video movie, The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! Featuring the likenesses and voice talents of a variety of WWE members. And most recently, in August of 2017, ABC ordered a pilot for a live-action version of the show to be written.


ABC's "Modern Family" TV show debuted on September 23, 2009.

Debut of Modern Family

For some, the “mockumentary” TV show, Modern Family has been a surprise hit. Debuting on this day in 2009, the comedy features an older man white man married to a much younger Colombian woman, a gay white couple with an adopted Vietnamese daughter and a more traditional family, but all three units are related to each other. With so much potential to be controversial, the show manages to stay true to its comedy genre and not be offensive. Creators of the show, Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, came up with the idea for the series while sharing stories of their own "modern families." The show has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series five years in a row so far.

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