A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Reveals Janet Jackson's personal relationships with her family and others, as well as the obstacles she's overcome over the years. Themes include the importance of family and hard work, dysfunctional relationships, negative body image, drug abuse, and racism.
Positive Role Models
Janet Jackson does not characterize herself as a victim, and identifies as a strong, hard-working Black woman, singer, actress, and mother.
Highlights the importance of Janet Jackson's work as it relates to Black women and Black musicians.
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Violence & Scariness
While the word "abuse" is never used, Joe Jackson's approach to discipline, and management, are vaguely discussed, as is the control exhibited by one of Janet Jackson's spouses.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Conversations about romantic relationships, marriage, pregnancy, having children out of wedlock, trying to conceive, and birth control. Photographs and footage of racy poses and acts, as related to her artistic work, are shown in context.
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There's an occasional swear word audible (like "f--k") in archive footage, but curses used during interviews are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Janet Jackson, and features lots of her albums, music, and concert footage. Archive footage of the Jackson Five and Michael Jackson is also featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The drug addiction of her first husband, James DeBarge, is discussed. Michael Jackson's addiction problems are vaguely alluded to.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Janet Jackson. is a docuseries about the singer's life and career told from her point of view. It addresses mature topics, including complicated family dynamics, marital problems, racism, addiction, abuse, pregnancy, body image, and death. There's some limited cursing (only some of which is bleeped), and some archive footage of photography and music video shoots feature strong sexual imagery. The overall series is also a promotional vehicle for Jackson, and features lots of concert footage.
Is It Any Good?
The interesting, but carefully produced docuseries discusses the highs and lows of Janet Jackson's personal and professional life from her point of view. The overall production, which was filmed over a five-year period with the help of an embedded camera crew, offers some insight into her past and current relationship with her close, but controversial, family, especially her late father and manager Joe Jackson and her brother Michael, both of whom she supports and defends. The singer also uses the opportunity to quell long-standing rumors about her life, talk about her previous marriages, and to shed light on what happened after the infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime incident involving Justin Timberlake.
Janet Jackson fans will enjoy it, but despite some personal revelations about specific people and events in her private life, Janet Jackson. is careful not to take it too far. Jackson and other family members allude to some family strife and specific dysfunctions, but never cease to speak respectfully about their parents and each other. Conversations about the singer's failed romantic relationships and marriages highlight serious problems, but offer limited details, and refrain from being gossipy or tabloidish. Meanwhile, those looking for more inside information about her late brother Michael simply won't find it here. But the overall series succeeds at publicly asserting the significance of Janet Jackson's individual talent and hard work, and her on-going impact as a Black woman in the music industry.
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