The people FutureJetsonsLand spend their time in the sky. They have cars that fly. They have buildings that look a little like flying saucers balanced on poles, buildings that stretch waaay up into the sky.
Every now and then something goes wrong in FutureJetsonsLand and a flying car'll run out of gas/plutonium/magic and plummet through the sky. Or George might slip off a porch from one of the flying saucer houses (which you think would be so easy to prevent – isn't there some futuristic force-field equivalent to a screened-in porch?) and fall and fall.
But no one ever falls to their death. The flying car starts itself up again. George lands on the roof of Mr. Spacely's car. I guess that makes sense – precious few kids shows have scenes where characters die of a sudden impact brought about by a prolonged fall – but it's a little frustrating. Because you never see what the ground looks like in FutureJetsonsLand.
What's going on down there? What does the surface look like in the world of The Jetsons?
- It's an environmental disaster. Think Wall-E. The people of PastJetsonsLand – is that us? – polluted the beloved surface to death. Or maybe Al Gore was right. The polar icecaps melt, the world's flooded, everyone gets all mad at God: "Hey, remember what you said when you invented rainbows?" And so there's nowhere to go but up.
- It's not Earth. The people of FutureJetsonsLand have moved to another planet? Why? Could be exploration. Could be the aforementioned disaster thing. Whatever the reason is, it doesn't matter. Maybe the show's creators didn't want to make us children unsettled, showing the surface of an alien (but still blue-skied) planet. And then there's my favorite one:
- It's a result of an extreme dystopia brought about by class-warfare. There is a surface. And it is still hospitable. Well, barely. Just enough for the have-nots that live on the surface, who confront theft, cannibalism, brutal violence, and general immoral badness more times in one day than little Elroy Jetson will ever have to confront in a lifetime. Since the show takes place from the perspective of The Jetsons, we never see the surface. We don't even think about the surface. The surface? People down there? Ha ha ha. That's a good one. Next thing you'll try to tell me that a four-year old with detached thumbs made my pair of blue jeans.
Your theories are welcome. Evidence that the surface was indeed portrayed in The Jetsons is equally welcome.