The Jacksons (TV series)
1976 CBS photo, top row, from left: Jackie, Michael, Tito, and Marlon Jackson. Middle row: Randy, La Toya, and Rebbie Jackson. Bottom: Janet Jackson.
|Written by||Thomas C. Chapman|
|Directed by||Bill Davis|
La Toya Jackson
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Executive producer(s)||Richard Arons|
|Editor(s)||Jimmy B. Frazier|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Carefree Video Company|
Jackson Television Productions
|Original release||June 16, 1976 –|
March 9, 1977
The Jacksons is an American variety show featuring the Jackson siblings (except for Jermaine, who was signed to Motown while the Jackson group was signed to the Epic/CBS record label). It was the first variety show where the entire cast were siblings or an African-American family. The thirty-minute Wednesday evening show began airing on CBS as a summer 1976 show and it continued into the 1976–1977 season, finishing on March 9, 1977 after running for 12 episodes.
As with the Jackson 5 regular performances, Michael Jackson was the lead performer in musical and dance performances. Despite the public acclaim following the early episodes, he was not enthusiastic with the overall project, later calling it "a dumb move" and adding he "hated every minute of it".
- Rebbie Jackson
- Jackie Jackson
- Tito Jackson
- La Toya Jackson
- Marlon Jackson
- Michael Jackson
- Randy Jackson
- Janet Jackson
|Broadcast date||Guest stars||Songs performed|
|June 16, 1976||Sonny Bono|
|June 23, 1976||Mackenzie Phillips|
|June 30, 1976||Ed McMahon|
|July 7, 1976||Joey Bishop|
|January 19, 1977||Redd Foxx|
|January 26, 1977||Carroll O'Connor|
|February 2, 1977||Dom DeLuise/|
|February 9, 1977||Betty White|
|February 16, 1977||Georgia Engel/|
|February 23, 1977||John Byner/|
|March 2, 1977||Lynda Carter|
|March 9, 1977||Tim Conway/||
- Easlea, Daryl (October 15, 2016). Michael Jackson: Rewind: The Life and Legacy of Pop Music's King. New York: Race Point Publishing. p. 145. ISBN 978-1631062537.
- Fearn-Banks, Kathleen; Burford-Johnson, Anne (2014). Historical Dictionary of African American Television (2 ed.). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 236. ISBN 978-0810879164.
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