February 26, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

The Jacksons: An American Dream

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
run date
11/15/92-11/18/92
performer
Angela Bassett, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Terrence Howard, Holly Robinson-Peete, Billy Dee Williams, Vanessa Williams
director
Karen Arthur
author
Joyce Eliason
broadcaster
ABC
genre
TV Movie, Music, Drama, Biopic

All about the singing Jacksons — and the prices they paid for fame — this show-biz saga serves up its share of genre clichés. What gives The Jacksons: An American Dream an edge is its balanced depiction of the bad times at home. A sugarcoated happy ending only slightly fudges this dysfunctional-family portrait. B-

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