I Am Jazz

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I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz - title.jpg
Also known asAll That Jazz[1]
GenreReality
StarringJazz Jennings and family
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes38 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Aengus James
  • Colin King Miller
  • David St. John
Producer(s)
  • Taylor Garbutt
  • Jared Goode (Segment Producer)
Production location(s)Coral Springs, Florida, United States
Editor(s)Eric Johannsen
Camera setupMeagan Stockemer
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)This Is Just a Test
Release
Original networkTLC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 15, 2015 (2015-07-15) – present
External links
Official website

I Am Jazz (announced as All That Jazz) is an American reality television series on TLC about a transgender girl named Jazz Jennings. The series features Jazz and her family "dealing with typical teen drama through the lens of a transgender youth."[1][2] I Am Jazz premiered on July 15, 2015, and has received positive reviews.

In August 2018, TLC renewed the series for a fifth season, which premiered on January 1, 2019.[3][4][5]

Synopsis[edit]

Jazz Jennings, a South Florida teen, was assigned male at birth. Aged 4, Jennings was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in childhood, making her one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as gender dysphoric.[6] Her parents, Greg and Jeanette, decided to support her female gender identity by her fifth birthday. Jazz has been in the spotlight since 2007, when at age 6, she was interviewed by Barbara Walters to discuss her gender identity. She participated in follow-up interviews, launched a foundation, and co-wrote a book, also called I Am Jazz. She has also posted videos about her life on YouTube.

I Am Jazz focuses on the "Jennings" family (the surname "Jennings" is a pseudonym, and any reference to the family's exact location is obscured)[7][8] and their day-to-day lives. Jazz, who was about to enter high school when the series started in 2015, grapples with the usual teen angst in addition to her own challenges as a transgender girl. Her family, which includes her three siblings, parents and grandparents, also talk about their experiences.[2]

Production[edit]

The 11-part series involved filming five days a week, including both days on the weekend.[9] The series was initially called All That Jazz, but was retitled to I Am Jazz. The show takes its title from a 2011 documentary, I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition, that aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.[10][11]

The one-hour series premiere of I Am Jazz first aired at the same time Caitlyn Jenner was giving her acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards on ABC.[12]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111July 15, 2015 (2015-07-15)August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26)
28June 8, 2016 (2016-06-08)July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27)
38June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)
48January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)February 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)
5TBAJanuary 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)[5]TBA

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"All About Jazz"July 15, 2015 (2015-07-15)1.36[13]
One-hour series premiere. Jazz's family talk about Jazz's life and her insistence from an early age that she was a girl, and the struggles and confusion they faced. Jazz goes bathing suit shopping with Ari, and struggles to find a flattering suit; Jazz talks with her brothers about her insecurities over her body. Jazz's maternal grandparents stop by and talk about their shock in learning Jazz was transgender. Jazz and Jeanette visit the doctor to discuss results of Jazz's hormone tests.
22"Boys Aren't Nice to Her"July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22)1.02[15]
Ari is coming back from college for the summer, and the twins have to go back to sharing a room; their parents let them and Jazz makeover their rooms. Jazz feels her room is too girly and needs to match her age. Jeanette is emotional about Jazz growing up and no longer being her "baby." Jazz and her friends host a coed bowling night, but few boys come. She is hurt when she finds out one boy refused to come because she is transgender; Jazz talks about facing rejection as her friends start dating and how boys come up to her friends but ignore her. Jeanette is very worried about the social situations Jazz will face in high school.[14]
33"High School Is Wild Fire"July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22)1.08[15]
Jazz attends a soccer conditioning clinic in preparation for high school. Her parents and coach discuss whether she should try out for the varsity or junior varsity squad when she enters high school. Greg stresses that he just wants Jazz to be happy. Jeanette worries that Jazz, who was barred from playing in the girls' league for several years, is scarred from the experience.[16]
44"I Thought It Was a Choice"July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29)0.911[17]
Jazz believes she chose to be a girl, but she finds out it was not the case, when she was still a boy she would wear dresses in private, revealing that without knowing or remembering, Jazz had always truly been a girl.[citation needed]
55"Am I Doing the Right Thing?"July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29)0.886[17]
66"Happy Mother's Day!"August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)0.870[18]
77"I'm Ready to Explore Boys"August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)0.897[18]
88"So the Dad is Now Mom?"August 12, 2015 (2015-08-12)0.766[19]
99"We Don't Read the Comments"August 12, 2015 (2015-08-12)0.690[19]
1010"Baby Jazz Is Growing Up"August 19, 2015 (2015-08-19)0.698[20]
1111"The Family Tells All"August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26)0.780[21]

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
121"The Hate is Real"June 8, 2016 (2016-06-08)1.048[22]
132"I Looked Like a Man in a Dress"June 15, 2016 (2016-06-15)0.971[23]
143"It's Either Surgery or Male Puberty"June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)0.987[24]
154"Your Body May Be Rejecting the Implant"June 29, 2016 (2016-06-29)1.334[25]
165"Confronted with Hate"July 6, 2016 (2016-07-06)1.181[26]
176"She's Too Young for Breast Surgery"July 13, 2016 (2016-07-13)0.996[27]
187"We Scare Most Boys"July 20, 2016 (2016-07-20)1.022[28]
198"Teenage Angst and Broken Hearts"July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27)1.110[29]

Season 3 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
201"Bottoms Up"June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)1.386[30]
212"Double Trouble"June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)0.942[31]
223"Getting to the Bottom of It"July 5, 2017 (2017-07-05)0.886[32]
234"Sweet Sixteen"July 12, 2017 (2017-07-12)0.982[33]
245"Dating in the Dark"July 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)0.759[34]
256"Face Your Demons"July 26, 2017 (2017-07-26)0.832[35]
267"Dating in the Light"August 2, 2017 (2017-08-02)0.863[36]
278"In the Line of Fire"August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)0.850[37]

Season 4 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
281"Winds of Change"January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)1.118[38]
292"Weighty Issues"January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)0.855[39]
303"Resisting Temptation"January 16, 2018 (2018-01-16)0.821[40]
314"Big Trouble in the Big Apple"January 23, 2018 (2018-01-23)0.778[41]
325"Trans Girl Meets Girl"January 30, 2018 (2018-01-30)0.835[42]
336"Pizza Rolls, Gender Roles, and Jazz Rolls"February 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)0.849[43]
347"Hungry for Acceptance"February 13, 2018 (2018-02-13)0.740[44]
358"Nothing Is Set in Stone"February 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)0.818[45]

Season 5 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
361"The Final Countdown"January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)0.789[46]
372"Scared & Unprepared"January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)0.707[47]
383"Caterpillar to Butterfly"January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)0.759[48]
394"Rebirth"[5]January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)TBD

Reception[edit]

Critic Brian Lowry of Variety praised I Am Jazz, calling it a "sensitively constructed series (in an admirable departure for the attention-seeking network)... Simply told and heartfelt, the show should add a welcome dimension to the education process, capturing the challenges associated with sexual identity at such a vulnerable age."[49] James Poniewozik, in his review for Time magazine, stated that the reality show airing on the same network that recently pulled 19 Kids and Counting off the air feels like a "change of an era." Poniewozik writes, "I Am Jazz is an engaging story of a teen girl who has transitioned. But it is also the story of everyone else, transitioning."[11] Marc Silver of The Washington Post wrote about the boom of transgender-theme shows on TV, including Jenner's upcoming reality show, I Am Cait: "I Am Cait will surely attract more viewers because of Jenner's fame. It's too soon to say how Jazz will fare. But, with her humor and honesty, she's a tough act for Caitlyn Jenner to follow."[50]

Awards[edit]

The show tied for best Outstanding Reality Program at the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards.[51][52]

Broadcast[edit]

Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on TLC on December 10, 2015.[53]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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