Trivia: Jem


  • Back from the Dead:
    • Since Integrity bought the rights to Jem's merchandising in an attempt for a revival in 2012, they've released almost all of the unreleased dolls that had prototypes produced in the 80's, including the Stingers, Astral, Regine, the rumored "Hollywood Jem", and Rock n' romance Jem, the latter of which were an exclusive available only at SDCC. there's also plans for other fan favorite characters like Lind-Z and Tech rat.
    • There's a live action movie in production slated for release in 2015.
    • There's a new comic book based on the series on the way.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Britta Phillips from the indie band Luna is Jem's singing voice. Also the voice of Bloberta Puppington in Moral Orel.
    • Kath Soucie is Minx.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: This show went in and out of print during the 80s, 90s, and even 00s. A brief release in the early 00s got up to two and a half seasons on DVD before Rhino lost the rights and they were swallowed up by Sony, leaving the entire third series out of print. However, in 2011, the series began airing on The Hub and a new complete series DVD release finally got a release date in October of that year.
    • The original five minute "mini-episodes" that were later expanded to five full length episodes are believed to have been lost or destroyed.
    • The mini-sodes were released on VHS in a movie compilation. Long out of print, yes, but if you search hard enough, it's out there.
    • Every episode is now available on Netflix.
  • Name's the Same: The "Misfits" is the name of a real life rock band (albeit punk rock, completely different from the show, plus they're an all-male group) formerly led by Glenn Danzig (that spot belongs to Jerry Only now). One of the Misfits' (show) songs "Welcome to the Jungle", is also an example (and this was about a year before Appetite For Destruction was released).
    • Lyn-Z shares her name with the bassist for the band Mindless Self Indulgence.
    • An early band of Riot's (shown in flashbacks) is called Nirvana.
    • Abracadabra is another Misfits song that shares its name with a popular hit song.note 
    • "Gimme Gimme Gimme" was originally the name of a hit song by ABBA.note 
  • No Budget: The Live-Action Adaptation was made on $5,000,000.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Jem/Jerrica had a speaking voice provided by Samantha Newark, who is a singer, but the singing voice is provided by Britta Philips.
    • Rival Pizzazz was voiced by Patricia Albrecht when speaking, and Ellen Bernfeld (aka disco singer Menage) when singing.
      • Ellen Bernfeld also did backing vocals for The Holograms and The Misfits, and was the singing voice of Roxy in her only solo song. Roxy's speaking voice actress was Bobbie Block.
    • Riot of The Stingers spoke with the voice of Townsend Coleman and sang with the voice of Gordon Grody (who went on to become Lady Gaga's voice coach).
      • The other two Stingers were also dubbed for singing. When speaking, Minx was Kath Soucie and Rapture was Ellen Gerstell. For singing, both of them were usually dubbed by Diva Grey, but for Rapture's two solo lines in the song "Destiny", she was dubbed by Vicki Sue Robinson, the disco singer of "Turn the Beat Around" fame!
    • When Kimber and Stormer sang a duet, they were dubbed over by Florence Warner and Lani Grover respectively, though Cathianne Blore and Susan Blu perform their speaking lines. Interestingly enough, their singing voices don't match their speaking voices at all.
  • She Also Did: In "The Bands Break Up", Kimber's singing voice was done by Florence Warner, who many TV viewers may know as the voice of the "Hello (insert city and /or state here)" campaign done by various local TV stations throughout much of the 1980snote 
    • One of the singing voices of the female Stingers was none other than the late Vicki Sue Robinson of "Turn the Beat Around" fame.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Charlie Adler voiced Eric Raymond, Zipper, and Techrat.
    • Terri and Pizzazz have the same voice actress, which acts as a meta example of Crowning Moment of Funny when you realize the shrill Pizzazz is also the rather timid Terri.
    • Susan Blu provides the voice for both Lindsey and Stormer.
  • Tuckerization: Eric Raymond was named after creator Christy Marx's brother.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The show's focus on then-current popular music, media, and fashion leads to the show feeling extremely dated several decades after its 1985 release.
  • Word of God: Christy Marx stated that, even if Stormer becomes friendly with the Holograms and isn't nearly as bad as the rest of the Misfits, her loyalties lie with the Misfits first and foremost.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Misfits were originally conceived as a trio of total sociopaths Eric Raymond found and molded into a band, but each member would've been totally willing to backstab the other two for their own agenda.
    • During season three, Hasbro scrapped the Jem toyline due to declining sales. Not only were several lines canned and the show canceled, but dolls for the new characters were never released, such as The Stingers. Furthermore, the fifth Misfit, Graphix was never introduced.
    • Jetta was originally going to be African-American.
    • Christy Marx even said there were plans for a Jem movie with a pair of sound-controlling psychic twins named the Mongrels, as well as an evil counterpart to Synergy named Entropy. This got scrapped after the failure of Sunbow's Transformers film.
    • She also wanted to do a follow up episode about Danny, a one-off character Deirdre, Krissie and Ba Nee meet when they ran away in "The Music Awards". It would have dealt with Danny and his previously alcoholic father getting sober and happily reuniting, unfortunately, Hasbro stopped it from happening.
    • Dolls of the Stingers were planned, but were cancelled. Some were ones of Astral and Regine.
    • It was also stated by Christy that Techrat and Minx would've become a couple had the series continued.
  • Writer Revolt: Christy Marx originally envisioned the Misfits as a trio of self-absorbed sociopaths that Eric found and forged into a band, which could fall apart at any moment due to Pizzazz, Roxy, and Stormer being willing to betray each other at a moment's notice if it would advance their respective careers. Similarly, to appease moral guardians, their songs would be "anti-moral" as far as promoting the worst aspects of human nature. The other writers rejected this outright and we got the kinder, gentler, vitriolic True Companions Misfits everyone loved.