In 1985 the “truly outrageous” TV show JEM and the Holograms premiered to the delight of 9-year-old girls all over. This new animated series focused on the dual life of beautiful Jerrica Benton, co-owner of Starlight Music, and her pop star alter-ego Jem, lead singer for the all-girl band JEM and the Holograms. Before Hannah Montana had her Miley Cyrus dual identity issues, Jem was rockin’ out with the Holograms at night and by day, running The Starlight House, a home for troubled foster girls. Does Hannah have a home for troubled girls? Noooo.
Now, for those of you old enough to remember, as awesome as Jem was, it was a bit cheesy and preachy at times. Who can forget the After School Special-esque episode “Alone Again”, where troubled girl Laura Holloway starts popping pills and hallucinating that she can fly? Not a bird? What a bummer!
Or the Roxy Rumbles episode where we discover Roxy from the Misfits can’t read!
Most of the episodes deal with Jem having to perform a show somewhere or star in a movie of some sort and how The Misfits try and mess things up for The Holograms. The entire run of the series was so totally ’80s. All the Jem and Misfits girls dressed like rejects from some new wave version of Vixen coupled with The Bangles, which means that all I want to do now is tease my hair with drugstore glitter spray, paint lightning bolts on my face, and wear spandex pants with a blazer!
There were even Jem dolls and I think the Jerrica one had light up earrings.
And a Halloween costume!
And, on October 11th, you can order the entire 65 episode Truly Outrageous box set on Amazon!
Do any of you fondly remember Jem? What was your fave episode?
Eve Vawter owns Sugar Circus and is a writer. You can follow her on Twitter.