TV Thursday: Jem (1985)


Yep. Every Sunday morning I would sit down with my Father in the living room and watch Jem as we ate breakfast.

I could say that it was during the time I had a wicked crush on Deborah ‘Debbie’ Gibson and I’m sure that had something to do with it, but the fact of the matter is I just liked the show. The show was created by joint collaboration between Sunbow Productions, Marvel Productions, and Hasbro. All three of course responsible for G.I. Joe and the Transfomers megahits that we can all look back on fondly, those of us lucky enough to grow up in the 80’s that is.

The all powerful Wiki tells us this about the show’s plot:

“The central “secret” of the series is that Jem, lead singer and frontwoman of the rock group Jem and The Holograms, is in fact the alter ego of Jerrica Benton, owner/manager of Starlight Music. Jerrica adopts this persona with the help of a holographic computer, known as Synergy, which was built by Jerrica’s father to be “the ultimate audio-visual entertainment synthesizer” and is bequeathed to Jerrica after his passing. Jerrica is then able to command Synergy to project “the Jem hologram” over herself by means of the remote micro projectors in her earrings, thus disguising her features and clothing and enabling her to assume the Jem persona. She does so to acquire money to support Starlight Music and the Starlight Foundation for Girls, a foster program founded by her late mother Jacqui Benton. The band The Holograms consists of: Kimber Benton, Jerrica’s younger sister, keyboardist and main songwriter for the band; Aja Leith, guitarist; and Shana Elmsford, who plays the synth drums. Aja and Shana are also childhood friends and adopted foster sisters of Jerrica and Kimber. Shana briefly leaves the group to pursue a career in fashion, at which point a new character, Carmen “Raya” Alonso, is introduced as her replacement. When Shana returns, Raya remains the Holograms’ drummer while Shana takes up the guitar. Only The Holograms are aware of Jem’s secret identity and the existence of Synergy when the series begins.”

But thanks to diesel420Power over on YouTube you can learn a bit about the show from the cast themselves!

Britta Phillips, the singing voice of Jem.

Samantha Newark, the ‘acting’ voice of Jem.

Christy Marx, the head writer of the series.

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “TV Thursday: Jem (1985)

  1. Another fantastic article Vic! It’s a shame that all of that military technology was stolen and used for 80’s pop rock…it could have gone a long way toward helping us beat the Ruskies! Truly Outraegous indeed.

  2. Dax says:

    Fun fact: the Jem, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Inhumanoids cartoons from the 80’s all take place in the same shared universe, as TV journalist Hector Ramirez makes appearances in each Hasbro show.

    Unfortunately, we never got a real Jem/Inhumanoids crossover, which I have to imagine would’ve been the greatest thing ever.

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