The Famous Jett Jackson (1998–2001)
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The show is about Jett Jackson (DUH!!!) and how he tries to manage a normal life while at the same time stars on his own hit TV show "Silverstone" (one user said "Give me a break" but he knows he would do the same thing). Season one focused on just Jett and not "Silverstone", the show within the show, but in 1999 Lee Thompson Young (the actor who play's Jett) saw "The Matrix" and talked the producers into adding "Silverstone" plots into seasons two and three.
But with or without the silverstone plots it was still great show and it showed because for all three seasons it was Disney's highest rated show that wasn't a cartoon (so yes, it did get higher ratings than "Even Stevens", "Lizzie McGuire" AND "So Weird") Too bad for Disney's 65 episode max or else this show would still be on the air.
This show has some really great episodes with good messages for kids. One of the episodes was about a teacher that got fired because he gave the students a book that the principal didn't see fit for the kids. The students protest against the acts.
This is a great show for children and teens. But adults will probally also find it entertaining.
Jett's closest friends are Kayla West(Kerry Duff), who is an interacial girl who lives on a farm, and JB Halliburton(Ryan Sommers Baum), whose parents run the local store. Cubby(Jeffrey Douglas) is the prop maker for the Silverstone set and is also one of Jett's closest friends....Cubby is a goofy fun character. Gordon Greene and Montrose Hagins round out the cast as Jett Jackson's father Wood, and Great Granmother Miz Coretta respectively. Andrew Tarbet played Booker Murray the town's deputy. His character has relocated to Raleigh in his attempt to become a "big city" detective. Melanie Nicholls King plays Jett's mother(who is divorced from Wood, and was also a star actress...the character's name slips me for now), the latter two characters are/were recurring characters.
Now my opinions. I love the show,it boats a talented young cast. They all have very good chemistry with eachother. . Some of the episodes have good lessons behind them. Its fun to see the difference in them from the first season til now. Ofcourse they have grown older(Lee Thompson is about 16 years old right now, Ryan Sommers the same age, and Kerry Duff is about 18 years old), but outside of their obvious age differences they have seemingly grown to become better actors and actresses. I have high hopes for all three of them. I believe that Lee Thompson has the charisma to make it far in my opinion, Kerry Duff has the look and acting skills, and I think Ryan Sommers Baum has some great acting skills. I believe that they could play a range of characters. I hope that they don't fade out of the spotlight so to speak as they get older.
In conclusion, I think that the Famous Jett Jackson is a nice show, and I think its aimed at a mid teenage audience but hey I'm 18 and I enjoy the show. I wish I had some acting skills to act alongside this cast.
It's got a good title too. "The Famous Jett Jackson". Nice ring to it. It's the story of Jett Jackson, a boy who stars in an TV action series called Silverstone. It sounds more like a tire company but anyway...Jett convinces the network to move filming to his hometown in North Carolina. That way he can be with his father and grandmother, and pal around with friends Kayla and JB. Jett had to deal with being famous, having his father as the sheriff and dealing with his parents' divorce. Other characters included Booker the town deputy and Cubby, a props master on the set of the show. Now you'd think one moron-type character would be enough but you'd be wrong. They pushed that a little too far. I didn't mind Cubby too much since he actually had some worth but Booker was just a bumbling fool. Also on the set, you had Riley Grant, who looked like she was thirty, and co-starred with Jett on Silverstone along with Nigel who played Artemus. The Silverstone segments fit well into what was happening off set too. I remember one episode where the director wanted them to start using guns to heighten the action but Jett didn't want to. That was a good episode.
Sure the theme song sounded like a rip-off of Eric Clapton's "Change the World" but it was a pretty good show that didn't lose it's plot arc. Deals with issues and what not but is still fun.
Then, to my delighted surprise, the show got better! Someone hired writers that weren't so boring and lame, and they started writing about real issues, like bullies, gun control, anorexia, Jett's love life, racism, book censorship, and BAM! It was over. I was like... "But... what happened? Where'd it go? I'm so confused!!!"
...Yeah. I'm still pretty upset about that. But any way...
So I'd give the early FJJ episodes: 3 stars (average at best), because the writers didn't even try, early on, and let's face it: The only reason people were watching the show was because guys admired Lee as the Jett Jackson Hero they wanted to be, and because girls admired Lee as the Jett Jackson Hero they wanted to be with.
Then I'd give the later FJJ episodes: 4 stars (finally good) because they actually were getting really good, and if they'd let the show keep running, I'm certain they would've reached the 5 star mark.
Other than that, all I have to say is: LEE THOMPSON YOUNG IS HOT, BABY! YEAH! WOO HOO!
Before I go on, let me explain the plot. Jett Jackson is a teenage star for his roles on "Silverstone", a popular show about a secret agent played by Jett(on the show), with a partner named Hawk(played by Riley, a newer friend, all on the show) and raised by Artemis, his mentor. The Silverstone show treats everyone the same race, so Disney had to try to make audiences catch what is different between a show teaching lessons for life and real life. Outside Silverstone, Jett lives with his Dad, the Sheriff, and Nana, his grandmother, a wise woman. His Mom is still in L.A. working for TV or the movies. Jett has been able to convince "the network" to move his show back to Wilsted, North Carolina, to live with his friends J.B.(white) and Kayla(one parent is black, one white). Plots either focus on trouble at school, trouble in the show, trouble with racism or possible everyday crisis(snake bite, lost while camping, such).
The acting is great, though the emotion seems to all either be "Everything's great!" or "I'm concerned.", but it's just a little too repetitive and boring eventually. I suggest they try bringing Silverstone by itself onto air, give the actors who play locals in Wilsted parts, and spruce it up to a higher action level.