The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty

Common Sense Media says

Reality docuseries demystifies the Jackson family.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Family is important to the Jacksons, and the show makes that clear. The brothers also make concerted efforts to overcome sibling rivalry and work well together. But the series also feels a bit exploitative of Michael's fame and death, which hangs over the whole thing.

Positive role models

The brothers don’t always agree, but they do try to get along both personally and professionally. There's a subtle attempt to put an end to controversial rumors about Michael Jackson, the relationship with their father Joe Jackson, and the alleged conflicts between the siblings.

Violence

Frequent arguments between the brothers. Occasional quips about things like giving each other a black eye when they're upset (but no physical fighting is shown).

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Words like “damn," “ass,” and “screw” are audible. Occasional profanity like “s--t” is bleeped or muted out.

Consumerism

The series promotes both the new and the classic Jackson 5 “brand." Solo music by Michael Jackson is also featured, and there are references to other Motown groups (like The Supremes). Apple computers are visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine is occasionally drunk with a meal.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality docuseries follows the Jackson brothers (with the exceptions of Randy and Michael) as they work to produce a 40th anniversary album and show. While the series highlights the brothers' relationship and the positive role that family plays in their life, it's overshadowed by Michael's fame and death. Overall the show is pretty mild for a "celebreality" series, but there's some bickering between the brothers and some salty language (mostly of the “damn" and “ass” variety; curse words muted or bleeped).

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Kids say

What's the story?

THE JACKSONS: A FAMILY DYNASTY follows four of the famous Jackson brothers -- Tito, Marlon, Jermaine, and Jackie -- as they come together to produce a 40th anniversary record. Cameras follow along as they interact with their families, work through their sibling rivalry, and overcome creative differences to produce an album that's worthy of the Jackson 5 brand. The series also shows how the brothers cope with the June 2009 death of their youngest brother, Michael

Is it any good?

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The Jacksons offers viewers a glimpse into the Jackson brothers' family lives, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into to producing their music and relaunching their musical career. It also provides a unique chance to see the brothers interact with each other and openly discuss some of the heavily publicized issues that have impacted their relationship.

Sadly, much of what happens is overshadowed by the legacy of their younger brother, who died only a few days into the show’s filming. The emotional tributes to Michael -- as well as the constant conversations about his family -- seem to be what pushes this rather-slow moving docuseries along. But Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson fans will probably be drawn in by the music, as well as the chance to see the legendary family off-stage and in their homes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why celebrities and/or entertainers agree to appear on reality shows. Why do you think the Jacksons wanted to do this show? Was it just for promotional purposes? How "real" do you think they are in front of the cameras?

  • How does Michael Jackson's death impact the show? Parents: Get tips for talking about reality TV with your kids.

TV details

Cast:Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Tito Jackson
Network:A&E
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Kid, 10 years old Written bywebkins March 20, 2010
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i love the jacksons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but this show is bad (good just said it cause mj said it hee hee ) the messages are ok cause they show that when u loose a famliy member rhat u can deal with it embrace it

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Parent of a 13 year old Written byNaySay January 4, 2010
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Good for teens +

LOVE IT!!!!

Kid, 12 years old Written bybriebrie April 30, 2010
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perfect for tweeens

its ok but some of the brothers whines to their mother and fights over petty things but i give it a okay show

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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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