The BEST Episodes of Jem
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Network: USA Network
This fabulous 80's cartoon was every little girls dream come true. Jerrica Benton's father has left her a very special gift. It's Synergy, a holographic projection system that can create illusions of anything, anywhere, anytime. Jerrica uses Synergy to create Jem, her alter ego and the lead singer of Jem and The Holograms to save her father's company: Starlight Music. This popular cartoon series chronicles this band's adventures as well as their arch rivals The Misfits and their friends The Stingers. The music of these three groups is definately the highlight of the show. Jem is a "truly outrageous" cartoon with a message of love, friendship, ambition, and rock-n-roll.
#1 - Glitter and Gold
Season 2 - Episode 21
Jem hasn't been heard from in some time and Jerrica doesn't seem to care. The Misfits waste no time capitalizing on her absence, especially when Owen Beech, the owner of Diskovery Records promotes a contest, awarding a Gold Album award and a new car, the Glitter and Gold Roadster to the winner. After an argument with Rio, the Holograms try to persuade Jerrica to make a new album to compete with the Misfits. Jerrica is somewhat resistant to the idea, feeling it may be too late to enter the contest, but when she overhears Eric making a comment that she ruined Jem's career, it galvanizes her to enter, and promises Owen Beech she and the Holograms will deliver a new album in time for the contest. The group decides to use the prizes for the contest as the theme for their new album and look called Glitter and Gold.
#2 - Island of Deception
Season 2 - Episode 15
Jem and The Holograms are invited to perform at a concert in St. Thomas and travel aboard a luxury ocean liner to get there. Eric and the Misfits, who are convinced there's a publicity stunt going on, tag along to cash in on it. Later that evening, after giving a performance for the passengers and crew of the ship, Jem and the Holograms are tricked by the Misfits into hiding aboard a lifeboat under the misconception of giving the ship's captain a surprise for his birthday. But when the prank goes wrong, it maroons the Holograms and the Misfits on a tropical island. The girls, despite their rivalry must try to survive and get help from a hermit living on the island.
#3 - A Father Should Be...
Season 3 - Episode 39
Ba Nee's depression over missing her father is growing steadily worse. Using Riot's army contacts, Jerrica and the others track down the three men who could potentially be her father. One man, an amnesiac sees this investigation as a chance to learn more about his past. A gambler sees this as a ready opportunity to make some cash off of these famous celebrities.
#4 - The Princess and the Singer
Season 2 - Episode 14
Loosely based on the Mark Twain story The Prince and the Pauper, while touring the small European country of Morvania, Kimber meets Princess Adriana, the teenage heir to the throne who happens to look exactly like her. When Adriana escapes from her room, her power-hungry cousin Lexa hires her henchmen to track her down and bring her back. When Kimber and Adriana bump into each other, Lexa's henchmen discover Kimber (Who they think is Adriana) then kidnap her and lock her in a tower where she escapes. Lexa discovers that the real Adriana is with the Holograms so she uses the Misfits to lure Kimber to the hotel where the Holograms are staying and plant a bomb on the stage (to kill Adriana) and take over the throne. The Misfits gatecrash the party and save the Holograms from the bomb on the stage. The Holograms then rescue Kimber, Lexa is placed under arrest for conspiracy, and Adriana claims the title of crowned queen at last.
#5 - Old Meets New
Season 2 - Episode 16
When Jem & The Holograms perform a song called 'Rock and Roll is Forever,' they infuriate an old singer named Bobby Bailey. However, Bobby turns out to be a man with a big heart but also a big problem. His flat is scheduled for demolition and Eric Raymond is behind it. Will Jem & The Holograms manage to help Bobby or will the wrecking ball win the day?
#6 - The Jem Jam (1)
Season 2 - Episode 18
The Misfits plot to ruin The Jem Jam, a benefit concert Jem is planning, by tricking Luna Dark (a Cyndi Lauper-esque singer) into coming with them, while Krissy must deal with Lena Lerner's (a Tina Turner-like pop star) spoiled brat son, Dominic (who resembles a young Michael Jackson), and Ba Nee is sure that Randy James, a red-haired drummer for a Springsteen-like rock star, is her father.
#7 - The Jem Jam (2)
Season 2 - Episode 19
Jem saves Luna Dark from Pizzazz's guard dogs, and the Misfits plot to ruin the Jem Jam, with help from Techrat. Meanwhile, Ba Nee goes to great lengths to prove that Randy is her father. Also, Krissy finds out that there's more to Dominic than she thought.
#8 - Scandal
Season 3 - Episode 3
The Holograms, the Misfits, and Shawn Harrison (the British teen idol Kimber met in The World Hunger Shindig, and has asked her to write a song for him to perform) are all in Venice Beach. The Holograms are supposed to go on Harriet Horne's show, which is a famous celebrity gossip show. While the Holograms think they are not much to gossip about, Jetta steals Kimber's diary and publishes it. Tabloids twist the story, saying Kimber is in love with Shawn and he has no feelings for her. Kimber must be strong and stand up to the scandal to come out of it on top.
#9 - Danse Time
Season 3 - Episode 12
The Holograms want to submit a video with the theme of friendship for a competition. But in the process, Danse is injured. Will she heal in time for them to make the perfect video?
#10 - Out of the Past
Season 3 - Episode 25
While cleaning out the attic, Jerrica and the Holograms find Emmett Benton's journal. Jerrica begins to read it out loud - as she does, we see flashback of the Benton family when Jerrica was 11, Kimber was 8 or 9, and both their parents were still alive. The journal chronicles many important events in the Bentons' lives: Rio moving in next door, Aja and Shana coming to live with the family as foster girls, the beginning of Starlight Music, Jacqui's death in a plane crash, Jerrica and Rio's relationship, the hiring of Eric Raymond, and the creation of Synergy. Reading the journal, the girls learn that Jerrica and Kimber's father made recordings of one of Jacqui's live performances. They decide to find the tapes so they can release a tribute album to her. In the meantime, they give a sneak preview of the album on Lin-Z's show by performing one of Jacqui's songs from her old sheet music. Eric sees the performance and manages to find the master tapes among the boxes he confiscated fro
#11 - The Stingers Hit Town (1)
Season 3 - Episode 28
Eric is fed up with the Misfits' antics and vows to control them once and for all. He sells everything he owns and buys Misfits Music from Harvey Gabor, telling the Misfits to shape up or be replaced. Meanwhile, Jerrica wants to find another band to take the pressure off of Jem and the Holograms, who provide most of Starlight Music's income. Eric, Jerrica, and Kimber go to Le Club Cool to check out a new German band called the Stingers. The band - Riot on lead vocals, Rapture on guitar, and Minx on synth - are a sensation and cause a riot among the fans (including Kimber). Riot basks in the glow of this before calming the crowd just by asking them to sit down. Jerrica and Eric are impressed and each offer the Stingers a contract. Riot promises to carefully consider both proposals even though he's taking up Eric's offer to stay at ""his"" mansion. Pizzazz is furious that Eric has offered her home for another band. She's ready to kick the Stingers out and humiliate Eric - until she
#12 - The Stingers Hit Town (2)
Season 3 - Episode 29
Jem is very confused and insists they go home, but Riot wants to see her again and she can't say no to him. She returns to Starlight Mansion to find the Holograms (particularly Aja) concerned about her behavior around Riot. Rio is jealous when Jem tells him how Riot likes her mysterious identity and the two have a fight. It's cut short by the arrival of the Stingers, who are taking Jerrica up on her offer to stay at Starlight Mansion. Pizzazz, who allowed Minx and Rapture to make a fool out of her so that she could win Riot back from Jem, is crushed to discover in the morning the Stingers have left. The other Misfits vote that Pizzazz must start acting normal again or be kicked out of the group. Pizzazz is too intent on getting Riot back to care and promises to help Eric win the Stingers over to his company. The Stingers aren't acting very nicely over at Starlight Mansion - they are rude to the Starlight Girls, push Aja, Shana, and Raya into the pool, and virtually ignore Jerrica.
#13 - Midsummer Night's Madness
Season 3 - Episode 33
Jem and the Holograms and the Stingers go to Greece to play in a music festival. Jerrica and Rio have a fight, and thanks to advice from an Oracle, she creates a new identity. When Rio falls for her new identity, she thinks it means he was never truly loyal to Jerrica in the first place. Meanwhile, Riot tries to make Rio jealous by flirting with Jerrica.
#14 - The Day the Music Died
Season 3 - Episode 34
After Jem disappears with Riot to Mexico all hell breaks loose when Pizzazz and the other Misfits take over Starlight Music and Starlight Foundation. The Holograms and the remaining members of The Stingers, Rapture & Minx, join the Misfits to make a mega-group. Rio, the Holograms and the Stingers decide to try and track down their friends, who by now, after a boating accident, are stuck on a deserted island. They are found and go back to the states. When Jerrica returns, Pizzazz (who is at her wits end - the Starlight girls have totally run riot) hands over Starlight Music and Starlight House back to her. Alls right with the world after this and everything goes back to normal.
#15 - Riot's Hope
Season 3 - Episode 38
Riot and his father don't get along. Can they put their differences aside when Riot's mother gets sick suddenly?
#16 - In Search of the Stolen Album
Season 2 - Episode 12
As Jem and the Holograms prepare to release their debut album, Eric hires Zipper to steal it, so The Misfits can use the material for themselves. Pizzazz sends the Holograms anonymous letters with clues that will supposedly lead them to the stolen album, but lead them into danger instead. When they retrieve the album, they place a tape of French-speaking lessons for Eric Raymond to trick him.
#17 - Hot Time in Hawaii
Season 2 - Episode 13
The Misfits and The Holograms compete in the "Battle of the Music Stars", a Battle of the Network Stars type event in Honolulu. Kimber is kidnapped, and the Holograms have to find her in time to compete.
#18 - Intrigue at the Indy 500
Season 2 - Episode 17
Starlight Music sponsors Indy 500 driver Martino Granzetti. When a crash lands Martino (and Rio) in the hospital, Jem & the Holograms manage to rebuild the car and Jem decides to race the car for the tournament. However, things turn nasty when Pizzazz enters the race and causes chaos on the track.
#19 - Culture Clash
Season 2 - Episode 20
An eccentric artist, Fitzgerald Beck, is the art director for Jem and the Holograms' new video. Beck's art dealer is using his sculptures to smuggle stolen diamonds. The Misfits find this out and set up the sculptures to explode onstage while Jem and the Holograms are filming the video, leading the police to believe it was Jem and the Holograms and Beck who put the diamonds there. Jem and the Holograms must team up with Beck to find the actual culprit before the cops catch them.
#20 - The Music Awards (2)
Season 2 - Episode 9
As Jerrica and the others continue their search for the girls, The Misfits stage a publicity stunt to garner more attention toward their appearance at the Music Awards. Deidre, Krissy, Ba Nee and their new friend, Danny run afoul of a couple of thugs, who force Danny to steal from a local electronics store for them. They manage to escape and are directed to Haven House, where Danse finds them and brings them to the concert. Techrat tries to disrupt the concert with a jamming device, but Danny catches him in the act. Meanwhile, the Misfits win for Best Musical Group and Pizzazz plans to gloat to Jem about the win, so they drive to the concert, only to find the audience cheering the performance. Pizzazz, silenced by the overwhelming sense of goodwill the concert has created, doesn't notice her award slip out of her hand to the floor, where it smashes into a hundred pieces.
#21 - Video Wars
Season 3 - Episode 30
Clash pretends to be a film student and gets Jem and the Holograms to let her film a documentary about them so she can convince Pizzaz she's good enough to be a Misfit.
#22 - Beauty and the Rock Promoter
Season 3 - Episode 31
Red Johnny Mac gets Jem and the Holograms to star in a rock version of ""Beauty and The Beast"". Jem becomes obessesed with the beast and her role and is so exausted that she is put on bed rest. The Misfits have to now take over for them.
#23 - Homeland, Heartland
Season 3 - Episode 32
Jem and the Holograms travel to Zagreb, Yugoslavia to shoot a music video and help Danse search for her mother. They visit the Zagreb Ballet where her mother was a ballerina and find a conrolling director, Victor Krosach, whose obsession with Nadia may keep Danse from leaving the country.
#24 - That Old Houdini Magic
Season 3 - Episode 35
In order to get the Stingers onto the bill of a certain concert, Rapture cons the superstitious arranger into thinking she is possessed by the spirit of famous magician Houdini.
#25 - Straight from the Heart
Season 3 - Episode 36
A new fashion designer, Regine Cesare comes to town and decides whether her loyalties lie with the Holograms or the Stingers.