Jem [Animated Series] (1985)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Entertainment  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The animated series Jem follows the adventures of a pop star named Jem and her band, the Holograms. Determined to use their fame and fortune to help others, the group runs a home for runaway girls called Starlight House. They have a secret, however, in that lead singer Jem and the band's manager, Jerrica, are actually the same person. Jerrica's late father, a brilliant scientist, created a super computer called Synergy, into which he programmed the soul of Jerrica's late mother. Jerrica remains connected to Synergy by wearing a pair of specially designed earrings that can communicate with the computer through no more than a whisper. When she needs to don her Jem persona, she says the magic phrase "Show time, Synergy!" and through the use of holograms, she is instantly outfitted with the pink hair and outrageous outfits that make her no longer recognizable as Jerrica, even to her boyfriend, Rio. Unfortunately, the band's secret makes them vulnerable to the mean-spirited rival band the Misfits, who are always out to ruin the lives and careers of the Holograms. Jem originally ran from 1985 to 1988 and retains a cult status, especially among its original audience. The flamboyant 1980s style of the clothes and music featured on the show make it a favorite among those with a taste for all things retro.