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Janet Jackson is back in the spotlight with the release of a new two-part documentary series that aired on Lifetime and A&E.
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Simply titled, “JANET,” the doc is tied to the 40th anniversary of the singer’s self-titled debut album and was first teased at the beginning of January with a three-minute trailer. Now, the full Janet Jackson special is available to watch on-demand and stream online.
Here’s what you need to know to watch the Janet Jackson documentary on TV and online.
When Does the New Janet Jackson Documentary Premiere? Date, Time
JANET, the new 2022 Janet Jackson documentary, premiered Friday, January 28, with the first episode of the two-part series airing on Lifetime. The second episode aired the following night, premiering on Saturday, January 29.
Both episodes of the Janet documentary aired on Lifetime, while also being simulcast on A&E (both Lifetime and A&E are part of the A+E Networks portfolio). Missed the Janet special live? You can now watch the Janet Jackson documentary on TV and on-demand.
How to Watch the Janet Jackson Documentary on TV
The Janet Jackson documentary airs on Lifetime and A&E, so if you want to watch JANET on TV, you’ll need a cable package that gets you the Lifetime channel and/or A&E. Both are specialty channels and not a major network, so won’t be able to find the Janet special on basic cable. Instead, you’ll need a package this one from DIRECTV or this one from Verizon Fios that gets you Lifetime and A&E, so you can watch the Janet Jackson documentary on TV.
Lifetime is expected to re-air the Janet documentary so check your local listings to see when Lifetime will replay the Janet special.
How to Stream the New Janet Jackson Documentary Online
Don’t have TV or cable? You can also stream the new Janet Jackson documentary from home. Here’s where to stream the Lifetime Janet doc online.
1. Watch Janet Jackson Documentary on Sling
Sling is one of our favorite live streaming services, with the ability to stream 30+ live TV channels from your computer, phone, tablet or TV. Sling offers two packages — Sling Blue and Sling Orange — and Sling has Lifetime included as part of both offerings.
2. Watch Janet Jackson Documentary on Philo
Another way to watch the Janet documentary on-demand is through Philo, which is offering a 7-day free trial right now with unlimited DVR. What that means: use your Philo trial to record the Janet Jackson documentary when it replays on Lifetime, and then stream the Janet special on-demand from your TV, phone, tablet or computer.
Your Philo subscription also gets you access to Lifetime’s online offerings, which will likely feature the new Janet Jackson documentary on-demand.
3. Watch Janet Jackson Documentary on Amazon
You can now watch and download the Janet Jackson documentary through Amazon. The two-episode series is available to download for just $2.99 an episode. Once you download the Janet doc online, it’s yours to keep, so you can watch the Janet special on-demand as many times as you want.
How to Watch Janet Jackson Documentary Online Free
Don’t want to sign-up for cable or a streaming service? There are a couple of completely legal ways for you to stream the Janet Jackson documentary online free.
Philo has a 7-day free trial offer that you can use to watch the Janet documentary again online free.
Sling, meantime, is currently offering a 3-day free trial that you can find here. Use it to watch the Janet documentary online free on Lifetime, one of the included channels in the Sling Blue and Sling Orange packages.
Unfortunately, Hulu doesn’t offer a free trial for its live TV streaming service. And while you can watch the new Janet Jackson documentary on Amazon here, the site also has classic Jackson concert films and movies available to stream online.
Janet Jackson Documentary: Runtime, Celeb Appearances, Spoilers
The latest Janet Jackson documentary is an officially-authorized biography series on the singer and actress, with Jackson granted exclusive access to never-before-seen home videos and archival footage for the special.
Lifetime confirms that the new documentary will cover everything from her childhood and early years in the industry alongside her famous siblings, to more controversial moments like the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show. Viewers will also see a different side to the entertainer, as Jackson opens up about motherhood, relationships and her family dynamic today. Many of Jackson’s family members are included in the special, including her mother, Katherine Jackson.
In addition to the Jacksons, there will be a number of special celebrity guest appearances in the documentary too. Names include Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King, Tyler Perry, Samuel L. Jackson, Janelle Monáe, Ciara, Teyana Taylor, Paula Abdul and Q-Tip. Viewers will also hear from Jackson’s long-time collaborators, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Per a release from A+E Networks, “This will be the definitive story on Janet Jackson [as] JANET lifts the lid on her private life for the very first time and reveals some of her most intimate moments ever caught on camera.”
The Janet Jackson documentary has a run time of four hours in total, meaning each episode has a runtime of around two hours. Note: You’ll want to grab one of the deals above to stream the new Janet doc live on Lifetime or A&E. The networks haven’t announced whether they’ll make JANET available to stream on-demand as of yet.
Is the Janet Jackson Documentary Authorized? Hulu vs. Lifetime
The new Lifetime Janet Jackson documentary comes on the heels of a 2021 Hulu documentary about Jackson, which was part of the New York Times Presents series (the same team that brought you the Britney Spears documentary last year). But the two documentaries are very different.
The Hulu Janet doc was compiled from archival TV and performance footage and featured interviews with commentators, but not Jackson herself. The New York Times‘ series did not include any participation whatsoever from Jackson and was not authorized by the singer.
The 2022 Janet documentary, meantime, was produced in conjunction with the singer and with her full approval. The singer also appears in the official Lifetime documentary.
Still, if you’re a Janet Jackson fan, both docs are worth watching. The New York Times Presents: Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson, premiered on Hulu and FX in November and is available to watch on-demand right now on Hulu.com. You can watch the new 2022 Janet Jackson documentary on Lifetime with Hulu + Live TV.
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