A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Jacksons: Next Generation is a mild reality show starring Tito Jackson's adult sons, their families, and other members of the Jackson dynasty. Not surprisingly, there's lots of conversations about Michael Jackson, public controversies, music, and the trio's musical group, 3T. Family bickering happens often, and a violent death is discussed. It also contains some mild sexual innuendo but nothing too risqué. Despite all of this, the major theme here is family and being there for one another.
What's the story?
THE JACKSONS: NEXT GENERATION is an unscripted series that follows musician Tito Jackson's three adult sons. After growing up in the shadow of fame and controversy, youngest brother TJ, middle child Taryll, and oldest brother Taj allow cameras to follow them and show what their lives are like today. The trio, who released a popular album as the R&B group 3T 35 years ago, are struggling to launch another album thanks to their chaotic personal lives as husbands, partners, and parents and their other priorities. TJ also shares custodial guardianship of their late Uncle Michael's three children with their grandmother. While the brothers struggle to balance their personal lives with their music careers, they are still coping with the loss of their mother and uncle and the media's constant negative portrayal of their family. It isn't always easy, but the Jacksons are determined to show the world that their lives are pretty normal.
Is it any good?
This somewhat bland "celebreality" series is designed to prove to the world that the next generation of Jacksons is living average lives despite the family's legacy. However, the constant discussions about the trio's music career, as well as appearances by various other well-known Jacksons such as Tito, Prince, grandmother Katherine, and even a few Kardashians, serve as constant reminders that they their world is often everything but.
It offers very positive messages about the importance of family, even if this one isn't perfect. But outside of this, the show doesn't offer anything beyond its standard reality contemporaries. Nonetheless, Jackson fans will enjoy the glimpse into their world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it's like to grow up in a celebrity family. What are some of the challenges second and third generations of the Jacksons, the Kardashians, and others face as a result of being born into a famous family? Are there benefits? How would you cope in that kind of situation?
Families can talk about why people want to be on reality shows. Do you think you'd behave differently if you were filmed interacting with your own family?