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The Jacksons (TV series)

This article is about the 1976 live action series. For their 1971 animated series, see The Jackson 5ive (TV series). For the 2009 reality show, see The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.
The Jacksons
1976 CBS photo, top row, from left: Jackie, Michael, Tito, and Marlon Jackson. Middle row: Randy, La Toya, and Rebbie Jackson. Bottom: Janet Jackson.
Genre Variety
Written by Thomas C. Chapman
Ray Jessel
Wayne Kline
Arnie Kogen
Biff Manard
Winston Moss
Jim Mulligan
David Smilow
Jim Tisdale
Directed by Bill Davis
Starring Rebbie Jackson
Jackie Jackson
Tito Jackson
La Toya Jackson
Marlon Jackson
Michael Jackson
Randy Jackson
Janet Jackson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Executive producer(s) Richard Arons
Bill Davis
Joe Jackson
Producer(s) Ray Jessel
Arnie Kogen
Editor(s) Jimmy B. Frazier
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production companies Carefree Video Company
Jackson Television Productions
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run June 16, 1976 (1976-06-16) – March 9, 1977 (1977-03-09)

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 CBS record label). It was the first variety show where the entire cast were siblings. As with the Jackson 5 regular performances, Michael Jackson was the lead performer in musical and dance performances.

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.



Broadcast date Guest stars Songs performed
June 16, 1976 Sonny Bono

"Forever Came Today"
"Love Will Keep Us Together"
"More Than You Know"/"Am I Blue?"/"For Once in My Life"/ "Try a Little Tenderness"
"Steppin' Out with My Baby"
"Dancing Machine"

June 23, 1976 Mackenzie Phillips

"(You Were Made) Especially For Me"
"Do The Fonz"
"A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll"/"Deep Purple"
"Junkfood Junkie"
"Goin' Back to Indiana"

June 30, 1976 Ed McMahon

"Rockin' Robin"
"Flat Foot Floogie"
"World of Sunshine"
"Save The Bones for Henry Jones"
"The Love You Save"

July 7, 1976 Joey Bishop

"ABC" "Fever"
"I Got You Babe"
"Down by the Old Mill Stream"
"Never Can Say Goodbye"

January 19, 1977 Redd Foxx

Enjoy Yourself
"They Can't Take That Away from Me"/"Puttin' on the Ritz"
"Blues Away"
"Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means You're Grand)"
"Keep on Dancing"

January 26, 1977 Carroll O'Connor

"Hum Along and Dance"
"Get Happy"/"I Got Rhythm"
"I Got You Babe"
"I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart"/"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"/"Caravan"/"Take the "A" Train"
"Show You the Way to Go"

February 2, 1977 Dom DeLuise/

George Miller/
Muhammad Ali

"Moving Violation"
"That's the Way (I Like It)"
"Style of Life"
"Steppin' Out"
"Hello, Dolly!"
"Life of the Party"

February 9, 1977 Betty White

"Get It Together"
"Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy"
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"
"Opus No. 1"
"Just a Little Bit of You"

February 16, 1977 Georgia Engel/

David Letterman

"Sugar Daddy"
"Cisco Kid"/"I Shot the Sheriff"
"I Am Love"

February 23, 1977 John Byner/

Nicholas Brothers

"What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You"
"Midnight at the Oasis"
"Get Ready"
"Good Times"
"I Can't Quit Your Love"

March 2, 1977 Lynda Carter

"Think Happy"
"On The Good Ship Lollipop"
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
"Living Together"
"I'll Be There"

March 9, 1977 Tim Conway/

David Letterman

"Dancing Machine"
"Behind Closed Doors"
"Yes Sir, That's My Baby"
"I'm Going To Jackson"
"Flat Foot Floogie"
"World of Sunshine"
"Body Language"

External links

The Jackson Family portal
  • Internet Movie Database

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