For those of you that didn’t grow up in the 1980s, you were deprived of one amazing animated series Jem and the Holograms. It came out recently on DVD in 2011 and has now been included on Netflix. It’s simply great (and truly outrageous).
Jem and the Holigrams was like a soap opera for kids and pre-teens. It had music, romance, action, drama and comedy. It was like Glee but 1980s style and animated. It had great characters – Jem/Jerrica, her sister Kimber and the other Holograms, The Misfits, and of course Synergy. It had the ability to keep you coming back for more – week after week, even when it focused all on Glitter and Gold Jem, it was still worth watching. Now as I watch, some parts were cheesy but it’s still fun to watch. I even remembered some of the songs which was crazy but also fun to sing along with. To be honest, I even have the theme song on my iPod and everytime I hear it, I smile (and of course sing along)…Glamour and Glitter, Fashion and Fame, oohhh….This show made me want to be a superstar!
My obsession about the show after all these years should leave no doubt that it would make it into my blog. There are so many best things about this show but I’ve narrowed it down to three.
1. The Songs
2. The Characters – especially Jem (she was my favorite)
3. The Outfits
For those of you that did watch the show, you know what I’m taking about. Songs like: Deception (Jem & the Holograms); Click/Clash (Jem & the Holograms and The Misfits); Glitter ‘n Gold (Jem & the Holograms); I Got My Eye on You (Jem & the Holograms); and Makin’ Mischief (The Misfits). There are so many others. The songs in this show really made the show.
The characters, and there were many of them. Jem/Jerrica, Rio (her love interest), the Holograms, the Misfits – Pizzazz, Roxy, Stormer, The Singers and Synergy – just to name a few. I loved watching all of them. Their stories, love interests and the awesome colored hair they all had. Seriously Jem pulled off pink hair, Aja with Blue hair, Stormer with dark blue. It was great.
The final thing that I thought was the best about Jem was the outfits. They were crazy, all over the place but so very cool to a young girl watching. One of the great things was that if you had one of the dolls, they actually sold the outfits that they wore on the show.
And for the others out there who are fans, here is an awesome Jem Mix! Enjoy
- Cartoon History Lesson #42: The Misfits (of Jem and The Holograms) (pinkbananaworld.com)
- 10 TV shows from childhood that sound insane when trying to explain them (deathandtaxesmag.com)
- The 10 Absolute Best Girl Toy Lines Of The ’80s (buzzfeed.com)