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The Jem Series Timeline


This timeline started out as a message I posted to the Truly Outrageous! Jem Mailing List on April 11, 2000.


If new Jem episodes, novels, or movies are to be made, a timeline of events in the original series is needed to help avoid errors. It will also serve as a helpful reference for Jem fanfic writers.

This timeline is my attempt at nailing down the time that the series occurs in. The timeline will grow as I gather more information.


Before I begin with the dates, I want to explain how I determined the timeframe of the series. According to "THE FAN", Jerrica was born on June 1. Emmet's final diary entry in "OUT OF THE PAST" is for May 30. That was the day that he created the Jem Star earrings. Presumably, he was planning to give them to Jerrica on her birthday, had he lived. He probably programmed Synergy to reveal herself to Jerrica, Kimber, Aja, and Shana on June 1. Emmet's funeral was probably the day before, May 31, to allow the girls some time to compose themselves and get to work fixing Starlight House. Emmet knowing of his illness and taking care of the arrangements himself could explain how the funeral could've happened so quickly. Eric held the 1st Annual Starlight Battle of the Bands on June 2, the day after Synergy revealed herself. The next Battle of the Bands was held 6 months later on December 2.

Now that we know the months and days, let's determine the year. In "THE MUSIC AWARDS" PART 1, the flyer that Danse gives Jerrica says the benefit concert will occur on August, 1986. Since "THE MUSIC AWARDS" can't occur in the time period of the first 5 episodes ("Truly Outrageous!"), the first 5 episodes must occur in 1985. So, the first scene in "THE BEGINNING" (Emmet's funeral) occurs on May 31, 1985. the scenes of the gang fixing Starlight House, Jerrica going to see Eric at Starlight Music, and the girls meeting Synergy occur on June 1, 1985. The Battle of the Bands scene occurs on June 2, 1985. The scene in "THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS" where Jem and the Holograms win the second contest occurs on December 2, 1985.

Emmet's diary entries in "OUT OF THE PAST" fall into two main time frames. The first batch goes like this: March 6 (Jerrica is 10), June 30 (Jerrica is 11), November 13, April 29, June 6, August 13, September 5, January 31, February 8. The second batch (a few years later) goes like this: May 31, November 9, May 6, May 10, May 21 (Jerrica is 17), June 23, July 1, July 6, February 2, May 30 (final entry). Since the second batch of dates flow in sequence to the creation of the Jem Star earrings and Emmet's death, the May 21 entry must occur in 1984. So, if Jerrica was 17 on May 21, 1984, then she turned 18 on June 1, 1984. So, Jerrica Benton was born on June 1, 1966. The March 6 date in the first batch would then occur on March 6, 1977.

The final day of "HOLLYWOOD JEM" PART 2: "AND THE WINNER IS..." occurs on the date of the 60th Annual Academy Awards, placing it sometime in March of 1988. There's a beach scene in "CHANGE OF HEART", so that episode probably occurs in the Summer of 1988. In "RIOT'S HOPE", Jem feels cold enough for Riot to start a fire in the fireplace for her, yet the Llewellyns' swimming pool is filled with water, suggesting that the temperature rises and falls by a great amount from day to day. For what it's worth, that happens in October here in Florida. So, "A FATHER SHOULD BE..." occurs in late 1988, making Jerrica 22 years old at the end of the series.


Now that we know the timeframe of the series, let's get to the actual timeline itself. Wherever an explanation is needed for the time placement of an episode, I'll include it after that episode.


Wednesday, June 1, 1966

Jerrica Benton is born to Jacqui and Emmet Benton.


Sunday, March 6, 1977

Rio's family had just moved next door to the Bentons.

Rio comes by and helps Emmet in the garage.

Jerrica is 10 years old.

Jerrica has a crush on Rio.

Rio stays for supper.


Wednesday, June 1, 1977

Jerrica Benton turns 11 years old.


Thursday, June 30, 1977

Aja arrives.

Aja and Jerrica are 11 years old.

Jerrica and Kimber don't like her.

Jacqui tells them she was a foster girl.


Jacqui decides to resume her musical career.

She and Emmet start Starlight Music.

Emmet starts the Starlight Foundation.


Sunday, November 13, 1977

Shana arrives.


Saturday, April 29, 1978

Jerrica is still trying to get Rio's attention.

Aja helps Rio fix a lawn mower.

Jerrica becomes friends with Shana.


Thursday, June 1, 1978

Jerrica Benton turns 12 years old.


Tuesday, June 6, 1978

Jacqui performs at another sold-out concert.

Emmet tests his new sound equipment and records master tapes.

Rio helps him.


Sunday, August 13, 1978

Lela arrives.

Kimber loves her, because she's younger.


Tuesday, September 5, 1978

Jacqui, Jerrica, Aja, and Shana make a pledge in the Starlight Treehouse.

They seal the pact with lemonade.


Wednesday, January 31, 1979

Jacqui's band is performing out of town again.

Jerrica doesn't want her to leave.

Flight 909 crashes in a thunderstorm.

Jacqui Benton dies.

Emmet, Jerrica, Kimber, Aja, Shana, Rio, Lela, and ? stay by the wreck.


Thursday, February 8, 1979

Jerrica, Kimber, Aja, and Shana beg Emmet to not send the girls away.


Tuesday, May 31, 1983

Emmet has an idea to use holograms to recreate music performances.

Deirdre and 3 other Starlight Girls are there.


Wednesday, June 1, 1983

Jerrica Benton turns 17 years old.


Wednesday, November 9, 1983

Emmet makes an amazing breakthrough in computer-generated holograms.

He needs to find a more private, quiet place to work.


Sunday, May 6, 1984

Emmet moves his work to the old Starlight Drive-In Theater he had purchased.

He gives his computer a name - Synergy.

He must protect Synergy until he can patent his work.


Thursday, May 10, 1984

Emmet has been feeling tired lately.

He must find someone to oversee his affairs at Starlight Music.

He decides to see his doctor.


Monday, May 21, 1984

Emmet hires Eric Raymond.

Jerrica has a crush on Eric.

Jerrica is "only 17".


Friday, June 1, 1984

Jerrica Benton turns 18 years old.


Saturday, June 23, 1984

Rio comes home from engineering school for the summer.

He drives by to visit Jerrica.

Eric comes by to pick up some papers from Emmet.

Jerrica uses Eric to make Rio jealous and immediately regrets it.

It takes Jerrica 2 weeks to thaw Rio out.


Sunday, July 1, 1984

Synergy is near completion.

Emmet programs her with Jacqui's likeness and recordings.

He can't bear to make her too much like Jacqui.


Friday, July 6, 1984

Synergy is complete.

Emmet knows he doesn't have long to live.


Saturday, February 2, 1985

Emmet continues to plan for his family's future.

He moves the Rockin' Roadster and the quipment to the drive-in.


Thursday, May 30, 1985

Emmet makes the Jemstar earrings for Jerrica.

He programs Synergy to reveal her existence to Jerrica and Kimber.


Friday, May 31, 1985 - Monday, December 2, 1985

Truly Outrageous!

01) THE BEGINNING
02) DISASTER
03) KIMBER'S REBELLION
04) FRAME UP
05) THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS


STARBRIGHT

06) STARBRIGHT - PART 1 - "FALLING STAR"
07) STARBRIGHT - PART 2 - "COLLIDING STARS"
08) STARBRIGHT - PART 3 - "RISING STAR"

09) THE WORLD HUNGER SHINDIG

10) ADVENTURE IN CHINA


Winter, December 1985 / January 1986

11) LAST RESORTS

Jem mentions that it's a holiday, so it probably occurs during the Christmas season.


12) IN STITCHES


Summer, 1986

13) THE ROCK FASHION BOOK

It seems hot in this episode.


August 1986

14) THE MUSIC AWARDS - PART 1

15) THE MUSIC AWARDS - PART 2

According to the flyer in Part 1.


16) BROADWAY MAGIC

17) IN SEARCH OF THE STOLEN ALBUM

18) HOT TIME IN HAWAII

19) THE PRINCESS AND THE SINGER

20) ISLAND OF DECEPTION

21) OLD MEETS NEW


Sunday, May 24, 1987

22) INTRIGUE AT THE INDY 500

The last day of this episode occurs on this date.


23) THE JEM JAM - PART 1

24) THE JEM JAM - PART 2

25) CULTURE CLASH

26) GLITTER AND GOLD

"GLITTER AND GOLD" occurs significantly after "IN SEARCH OF THE STOLEN ALBUM", judging by the dialogue in the episode.


27) THE TALENT SEARCH - PART 1

28) THE TALENT SEARCH - PART 2

29) SCANDAL

30) ONE JEM TOO MANY

31) THE BANDS BREAK UP

32) THE FAN

"THE FAN" does not occur on June 1.


Sunday, June 21, 1987

33) FATHER'S DAY

The last day of this episode occurs on this date. Father's Day always falls on the third Sunday of June.


34) JOURNEY TO SHANGRI-LA

35) AZTEC ENCHANTMENT

36) THE TREASURE HUNT

37) MUSIC IS MAGIC

38) THE JAZZ PLAYER

39) DANSE TIME

40) ROXY RUMBLES

41) ALONE AGAIN

42) KJEM


Saturday, October 31, 1987

43) TRICK OR TECHRAT


44) THE PRESIDENTIAL DILEMMA

45) ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS

46) THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

47) RENAISSANCE WOMAN


Tuesday, February 16, 1988

48) MARDI GRAS

Mardi Gras falls on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter Sunday, which fell on April 3 in 1988.


49) OUT OF THE PAST

50) BRITROCK

51) JOURNEY THROUGH TIME


52) HOLLYWOOD JEM - PART 1 - "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION"


Monday, April 11, 1988

53) HOLLYWOOD JEM - PART 2 - "AND THE WINNER IS..."

The last day of Part 2 occurs on the date of the 60th Annual Academy Awards.


54) THE STINGERS HIT TOWN - PART 1

55) THE STINGERS HIT TOWN - PART 2

56) VIDEO WARS

57) BEAUTY AND THE ROCK PROMOTER

58) HOMELAND, HEARTLAND

59) MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MADNESS


Late Summer / Early Fall, August / September 1988

60) THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

In this episode, Ashley mentioned that they needed new clothes for the new school semester. Since I don't think anyone would take a cruise in December or January, the episode probably occurs in August or September of 1988.


61) THAT OLD HOUDINI MAGIC

62) STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART

63) A CHANGE OF HEART

64) RIOT'S HOPE

65) A FATHER SHOULD BE...


Do you have any comments or questions about this timeline? If so, please e-mail me!