Jem and the Holograms

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  • TV-Y7
  • 1985
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.4  (2,963)

Jem and the Holograms was a syndicated animated television series that aired from 1985 to 1988. It focused on the adventures of a rock band called Jem and the Holograms, whose members consisted of Jerrica Benton (voiced by Samantha Newark) and her friends Kimber Benton (voiced by Cathy Cavadini), Aja Leith (voiced by Cathianne Blore), and Shana Elmsford (voiced by Patricia Alice Albrecht). The series was created by Hasbro, Inc. and animated by Sunbow Productions.

The show followed the exploits of Jerrica and her alter ego Jem, who used a holographic computer called Synergy to transform herself from a shy, introverted girl into a glamorous pop star. With her new persona, Jem led her bandmates in a series of exciting adventures while battling a rival rock group called The Misfits, who were led by the villainous Eric Raymond (voiced by Charlie Adler).

Jem and the Holograms not only featured catchy songs and lively animation, but it also touched on relevant issues such as bullying, self-esteem, drug abuse, and environmentalism. In each episode, the band had to not only deal with their nemesis, but also with their personal lives and relationships. Jerrica's relationship with Rio (voiced by Townsend Coleman), the band's manager and Jem's love interest, added a romantic dimension to the show.

The show was groundbreaking in its portrayal of women in animation. Jem and the Holograms were strong, independent, and talented women who were not afraid to stand up for what they believed in. They were leaders, not just followers, and they tackled tough issues with grace and resilience. The show also presented a diverse cast of characters, with different races, body types, and personalities.

Jem and the Holograms also had a unique marketing strategy. The show was created as part of a larger multimedia franchise, which included a line of dolls, music albums, and comic books. The series was used to promote the toys, which in turn boosted the show's popularity. The dolls were designed to look like the characters on the show, and kids could play along with their favorite characters' adventures. This made the show an instant hit with young girls, who were drawn to the colorful costumes and catchy tunes.

Jem and the Holograms ran for three seasons, airing a total of 65 episodes. The show was canceled in 1988 due to declining ratings, but it has retained a dedicated fan base over the years. In recent years, a live-action movie adaptation was released, but it failed to capture the spirit and charm of the original series.

Overall, Jem and the Holograms was a groundbreaking animated series that paved the way for female-led cartoons. It had memorable characters, catchy tunes, and important themes that resonated with its audience. It remains a beloved classic that continues to inspire new generations of fans.

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A Father Should Be...
39. A Father Should Be...
May 2, 1988
Ba Nee's futile search for her long-lost father leaves her depressed, causing Jem and the Holograms to conduct a search of their own.
Riot's Hope
38. Riot's Hope
February 22, 1988
When Riot's mother ends up in the hospital, can Jem help Riot and his father put aside their differences so they can help her to recover?
A Change of Heart
37. A Change of Heart
February 18, 1988
After a near-death experience, Minx considers changing her bad-girl ways, but will being nice to the Holograms all the time drive her over the edge?
Straight from the Heart
36. Straight from the Heart
February 17, 1988
A new fashion designer wants to design clothes for Jem and the Holograms but can't take their constructive criticism, so the Stingers try to woo her.
That Old Houdini Magic
35. That Old Houdini Magic
February 15, 1988
Jealous that the Holograms are headlining a magic-themed benefit concert instead of the Stingers, Rapture tries to dupe the concert sponsor.
The Day the Music Died
34. The Day the Music Died
February 11, 1988
Feeling overstressed, Jem disappears with Riot to Mexico, which gives Pizzazz the perfect opportunity to take control of Starlight Music.
Midsummer Night's Madness
33. Midsummer Night's Madness
February 9, 1988
Jerrica gets entangled in a complicated love "square" with Rio and Riot when the Holograms are slated to do a concert with the Stingers in Greece.
Homeland, Heartland
32. Homeland, Heartland
February 8, 1988
Jem and the Holograms travel with Danse to Yugoslavia, where they plan to film a music video and help Danse uncover her parents' mysterious past.
Beauty and the Rock Promoter
31. Beauty and the Rock Promoter
February 5, 1988
When Jem lands the role of Beauty in the new rock opera "Beauty and the Beast," will her obsession with mastering the part affect her performance?
Video Wars
30. Video Wars
February 4, 1988
Determined to join the Misfits, Clash goes to great lengths to play a prank on the Holograms in an effort to prove she's good enough to be a member.
The Stingers Hit Town (2)
29. The Stingers Hit Town (2)
February 3, 1988
The Stingers continue to wreak havoc in both the Holograms' and the Misfits' lives. Eric Raymond proposes an offer the Stingers can't refuse.
The Stingers Hit Town (1)
28. The Stingers Hit Town (1)
February 2, 1988
Jerrica Benton and Eric Raymond are both vying for the new band the Stingers to join their label, but are they more trouble than they're worth?
Hollywood Jem (2): and the Winner Is...
27. Hollywood Jem (2): and the Winner Is...
January 12, 1988
Kimber tries to sort out her complicated love life as Jerrica copes with the pressures of Hollywood and prepares to attend a prestigious awards show.
Hollywood Jem (1): For Your Consideration
26. Hollywood Jem (1): For Your Consideration
January 11, 1988
Jem must handle the jealousy of another actress when they're both nominated for a coveted award. Kimber gets caught in a complicated love triangle.
Out of the Past
25. Out of the Past
January 8, 1988
While cleaning out the attic, Jerrica and Kimber find their father's diary and learn of the missing records from one of their mother's performances.
24. Britrock
January 7, 1988
When Jetta convinces the Misfits that she comes from an aristocratic family in England, the group travels to London and causes problems.
Journey Through Time
23. Journey Through Time
January 6, 1988
The Misfits use a time machine to transport Jem and the Holograms back in time so they won't be able to headline the World History of Music Concert.
Journey to Shangri-La
22. Journey to Shangri-La
November 24, 1987
Everyone's on a quest to locate the magical city of Shangri-La, but finding it soon becomes a matter of life and death for Pizzazz and Roxy.
Renaissance Woman
21. Renaissance Woman
November 16, 1987
The Holograms encounter a modern-day Robin Hood on their trip to England. When he's captured by an oppressive lord, the Holograms try to rescue him.
The Middle of Nowhere
20. The Middle of Nowhere
November 5, 1987
Jem and the Holograms must find a way to stop Eric Raymond and the Misfits from building a factory that will destroy a natural seal habitat in Alaska.
Mardi Gras
19. Mardi Gras
November 4, 1987
When the Holograms are asked to don the famous jewels of pirate Jean Lafete during the Mardi Gras parade, the Misfits attempt to steal them.
Rock 'n Roll Express
18. Rock 'n Roll Express
November 3, 1987
Jealous of all the attention Jem and the Holograms are getting on their national train tour, the Misfits set out to veer their travels off course.
The Presidential Dilemma
17. The Presidential Dilemma
November 2, 1987
Jem and the Holograms are invited to perform in Washington, D.C., but then Synergy is apprehended by the government and the president goes missing.
Trick or Techrat
16. Trick or Techrat
October 30, 1987
As the Holograms and their friends try to restore an old opera house for their concert on Halloween, they encounter a series of spooky mishaps.
15. KJEM
October 29, 1987
When a greedy media mogul tries to shut down a local radio station, Jem and the Holograms attempt to save it, with help from some college students.
Alone Again
14. Alone Again
October 23, 1987
When the new girl at Starlight House copes with depression from losing her parents by turning to drugs, Ashley and the Holograms try to help her.
Roxy Rumbles
13. Roxy Rumbles
October 20, 1987
Roxy's illiteracy has become a problem for the Misfits, so when she wins the lottery, she leaves the group and heads home to Philadelphia.
Danse Time
12. Danse Time
October 19, 1987
The Holograms are eager to submit their new music video about friendship to a contest, but Danse injures her leg during filming.
The Jazz Player
11. The Jazz Player
October 15, 1987
After the Misfits publicly humiliate jazz trumpet player Tapps Tucker on television, Jem and the Holograms try to help him reunite his famous quartet.
Music Is Magic
10. Music Is Magic
October 14, 1987
Jem and the Holograms are invited to appear in a televised special, but how will there be a show when the girls mysteriously disappear one by one?
Aztec Enchantment
9. Aztec Enchantment
October 7, 1987
When Jem and the Holograms accompany Video to Mexico to film their new music video at an Aztec temple, the Misfits are determined to beat them to it.
The Treasure Hunt
8. The Treasure Hunt
October 5, 1987
In a treasure hunt to promote literacy, the Holograms try to help the Starlight Girls win fair and square, while the Misfits try to cheat and win.
Father's Day
7. Father's Day
October 1, 1987
While Jem and the Holograms help Video create a film featuring their fathers for the Father's Day banquet, Kimber is depressed that her father's gone.
The Fan
6. The Fan
September 29, 1987
An obsessed fan goes to great lengths to learn Jem's identity and lures her to a replica of Starlight Mansion, where actors impersonate her friends.
The Bands Break Up
5. The Bands Break Up
September 28, 1987
The Holograms and the Misfits find themselves in an interesting predicament when Kimber and Stormer quit their bands and form a duo.
One Jem Too Many
4. One Jem Too Many
September 24, 1987
When Jem starts having public meltdowns and temper tantrums, the rest of the Holograms confront her about her behavior before it destroys her career.
3. Scandal
September 23, 1987
Kimber faces public humiliation when the Misfits steal her diary and give it to a tabloid magazine. Will she be able to cope with the ensuing scandal?
The Talent Search (2)
2. The Talent Search (2)
September 22, 1987
As the Holograms deliberate over which semi-finalist will be their new drummer, the Misfits try to bribe one of them to reveal Jem's secret identity.
The Talent Search (1)
1. The Talent Search (1)
September 21, 1987
After Shana leaves the Holograms, the group decides to host a talent search to find their next drummer. The Misfits search for a new member as well.
  • Premiere Date
    October 6, 1985
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (2,963)