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Jackie and Michael Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine

Prod. and Airdates:


September 1971 - September 1973, ABC

Rankin/Bass Productions

Theme Song: The Jackson 5ive



atterned after The Beatles cartoon series, The Jackson 5ive was based on the Motown recording artists The Jackson Five, a group of five brothers who took the music world by storm in the early 1970s with their hit singles "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save," and "I'll Be There." Stories for the cartoon series revolved around the comic misadventures of the group's members while performing gigs or promoting their music career. Two of the group's songs were performed each episode, accompanied by psychedelic visual montages incorporating imagery that was in some way related to the songs' lyrics.


The youngest brother, Michael Jackson, became by far the most famous of the brothers in his subsequent solo career as a recording artist, but even at an early age his star power exceeded that of his siblings. The focus the cartoon series placed on Michael's character, which was only slightly apparent in the beginning, became more pronounced as the series progressed. Fantasy elements that were sometimes incorporated into the stories also became more common in later episodes.


In addition to Michael, who at the time the cartoon was created was 13 years old, The Jackson Five was made up of (in order of youngest to oldest) Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie. Three of Michael's pets were also incorporated into the series - a snake named Rosie and two mice by the names of Ray and Charles. Often enough, actions taken by the pets played a major contribution in resolving the Jackson brothers' latest dilemma.


The series lasted for two seasons of original episodes. In its second season the show was renamed The New Jackson 5ive Show, which didn't involve any real change to the series' format other than an alteration to the title card and voice over that announced the name of the show during the opening segment.




Michael Jackson

Donald Fullilove

Sigmund 'Jackie' Jackson

Craig Grandy

Toriano 'Tito' Jackson

Mike Martinez

Marlon 'David' Jackson

Edmund Sylvers

Jermaine Jackson

Joel Cooper


Paul Frees

The Jackson 5ive title card

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Season 1


It All Started With...

Pinestock U.S.A.


Mistaken Identity

Bongo, Baby, Bongo

The Winner's Circle


The Wizard of Soul

The Tiny Five

The Groovatron

Ray and Charles: Superstars

Farmer Jacksons

Jackson Island

The Michael Look

Jackson Street, U.S.A.


A Rare Pearl


Season 2


Who's Hoozis?

Michael White

Groove To The Chief

Michael In Wonderland

Jackson and The Beanstalk

The Opening Act




Jackie and Tito
The Jackson 5ive





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