Series / The Famous Jett Jackson

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Airing on Disney Channel from 1998 to 2001, The Famous Jett Jackson stars Jett Jackson, who is famous. Specifically, he's the star actor in the Spy Fiction Show Within a Show Silverstone. The premise, as explained in the Opening Narration, is that he was lonely in Hollywood and got the production of the show moved to his hometown, Wilsted, North Carolina, where he can lead a more normal life. As a Disney Channel main character, Jett is inevitably part of a ˇThree Amigos!, with his male best friend J.B. and his female best friend Kayla.

Most episodes deal with Jett's everyday life, and a B-Plot playing out an episode of Silverstone. The series lasted from October, 1998 to June 2001. A total of 65 episodes in three seasons. After the series reached its 65-episode limit, Disney Channel made a Disney Channel Original Movie to conclude the series.

Notable among Disney Channel shows for being set in the South and for having unusually sophisticated episodes about race, dealing with subjects like Jett's relative privilege compared to the average black American and Kayla's identity issues about being mixed-race.


This show provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Jett Jackson.
  • Artistic License – Law: One episode involves the town banning Fahrenheit 451. While a local government could choose to take a book out of libraries and, if it wasn't a required part of the State curriculum, decide not to teach it, the idea that the city government would have the power to arrest people for simply reading it is ludicrous.
  • Cool Old Guy: Artemis, to Silverstone.
  • Cool Old Lady: Miz Coretta.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Notably, the episode where Jett is bitten by a snake and J.B. has to be the 'action hero' to save him.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Jett thinks he'll be a better role model if he keeps them off the show.
  • Disguised in Drag: J.B. when he competed in the Miss Pork Princess pageant to win a computer.
  • Enter Stage Window: J.B. does this in The Movie and almost gets attacked by Silverstone.
  • Failing a Taxi: This is how Jett comes to realize his privileged life is not that typical for a black teenager.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jett is extremely displeased when Kayla takes an interest in his cocky stunt double.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: One episode has Jett having a really bad day, then waking up to do the same day over and over, learning from the mistakes in the previous loops. The loops turn out to be All Just a Dream, but everything from the first bad day eventually works out.
  • I See Dead People: Jett, weirdly enough. He speaks to the ghost of his dead great-great grandfather without realizing he's talking to a ghost until Kayla shows him pictures of him talking to himself in the park. He also sees the ghost of deceased local baseball player standing next to his widow.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Of the non-romantic sort. Jett's mother primarily only appears on the show when talking to her son over the computer.
  • Mass Hypnosis: In Silverstone
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: One the biggest villains in Silverstone, Rat, is played by a man who's great with kids and spoke out when he thought the show was getting too violent.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Kayla.
  • Mood Whiplash: This show has quite a few Very Special Episodes, including one which is surprisingly cynical for Disney. The Aesop of that episode is basically, "Life SUCKS if you're black! Unless you're a movie star."
  • Never Trust a Trailer: It was common for advertisements to only showcase the "Silverstone" part of the show, making the show look like a spy series. One can only imagine the reactions of people who were fooled by this, and then saw the actual show.
  • Parents Know Their Children: Leads to The Reveal in the movie.
  • Picked Last: In a casual basketball game, J.B. gave up and left when a kid with a broken arm was picked ahead of him.
  • Pretty Fly (For a White Guy): J.B.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Occurs when Kayla asks the guys if they see her as black or white while Jett is using his turntable.
  • Rogues Gallery: For Silverstone
  • Romantic False Lead: Used in the last couple of episodes.
  • Save Both Worlds: Used in The Movie.
    Silverstone: If Kragg gets this world, it's only a matter of time until he comes for yours.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: "Kayla and I are just friends!"
  • Show Within a Show: Silverstone
  • Sliding Scale of Law Enforcement: Positive. Jett's dad is a very good cop and a devoted (if slightly stern) father.
  • Spot the Imposter: A rather complicated example of this in the movie.
  • Snow Means Love: It's revealed that it never snows in Wilsted, until Miz Corretta makes amends with a childhood sweetheart.
  • Token Trio: Mixed up a bit as the black guy's the main character and the girl is a mixed-race.
  • Trapped in TV Land: In The Movie, Jett and Silverstone switch places, with Silverstone entering the real world and Jett having to save the fictional world.
  • 2-for-1 Show


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