What Are Some Facts About the TV Show "Jem and the Holograms"?


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"Jem and the Holograms" is an animated television show that aired from 1985 to 1989. A film adaptation, also titled "Jem and the Holograms," was released on Oct. 23, 2015.

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The plot of "Jem" focuses on a high school student named Jerrica Barton, who is secretly Jem, a famous pop star. Jem's group, The Holograms, consists of Jerrica's younger sister, Kimber, and her childhood friends, Aja Leith and Shana Elmsford. Jem is also associated with Synergy, a complex holographic computer built by Jerrica's father. Many episodes involve villains attempting to steal Synergy, with Jem and the Holograms attempting to stop them.

"Jem" was created by Hasbro, the toy company also responsible for "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers." The company hired Marvel Productions to develop "Jem" in hopes of creating a show that would appeal to young girls, as "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers" primarily appealed to young boys. Hasbo's plan was successful, and "Jem" developed a significant following in the late 1980s, with the franchise competing directly with Mattel's "Barbie and the Rockers" products.

In 2015, a live-action "Jem and the Holograms" film was released to overwhelmingly negative reviews. A common criticism of the movie was that its connection to the original "Jem and the Holograms" was completely superficial.

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