Parents' Guide to

Jem and the Holograms

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Flashy '80s 'toon boasts positive heroines for tween girls.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

I loved this cartoon

Jem and the Holograms has always been one of my favorite cartoons. Great music, great characters, good stories. The Misfits are bullies sometimes especially Pizazz, they should be in jail. I never liked Rio, other than that I have nothing negative to say about this show.
age 7+

Great cartoon, barely anything skimpy at all.

Firstly, they are adults, not teenagers. There are some skimpy outfits, but they are adults and can wear whatever they want. The most skimpy outfits are that Jem and Pizzazz wear an outfit consisting of a sweater, skirt and only a bra in a few episodes. This is a great cartoon that isn't afraid to tackle real problems such as depression, drug use and the troubles of business. It's also inclusive with an Asian, Latina and black main character.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Splashy colors, big shoulder pads, and '80s hair return to the screen in JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, a retro cartoon that's sure to stir nostalgia for some parents. This "truly, truly, truly outrageous" rock band is steeped in glitz, glamour, and fashion, and although modern girls might challenge the teens' dated style, they'll enjoy coming along for the ride on their many adventures. There's appeal in certain aspects of the heroines' lives, including their overnight rise to fame, the secrecy behind Jem's identity, and their youthful independence, but the show is so fantasized that young tweens are hardly likely to misconstrue what they're seeing as reality.

The Misfits' disreputable behavior is worrisome and in many cases dangerous, and although their actions usually wind up costing them their chance to best the Holograms onstage, they're never subjected to any realistic repercussions for their crimes. This is a great reason to start a discussion with your tweens about bullying and its consequences. While you're at it, be sure to point out how the Holograms use their talent and fame to be positive role models for others.

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