‘Janet Jackson’ Documentary: Release Date and How to Watch Part 2 of Lifetime’s New Tell-All

Janet Jackson is speaking her truth in a new tell-all documentary. Janet Jackson sees the Grammy-winning performer looking back at her life and career, from her childhood as the youngest member of the Jackson family to her reign as a global pop superstar. 

Part one of the two-part documentary premiered Friday, Jan. 28 on Lifetime and A&E. It covers Jackson’s life through 1990, but stops short before getting to the explosive sexual abuse allegations against her brother Michael Jackson, her controversial performance with Justin Timberlake at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, and late-in-life motherhood. 

Janet Jackson shares her story in tell-all documentary  

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The first half of Janet Jackson aired Friday, Jan. 28. The two-hour documentary – which Jackson says is “my story told by me. Not through someone else’s eyes” – starts with the “Control” singer returning to her birthplace of Gary, Indiana. With her older brother Randy Jackson, she reflects on her childhood and visits the modest two-bedroom home where she lived with her parents and nine siblings.  

Later, Jackson recalls making her Las Vegas stage debut at age 7, her dreams of going to college (which were squashed by her domineering father Joe Jackson), and her first, troubled marriage to singer James DeBarge. She also shuts down the persistent rumor that she had a secret child by DeBarge.  

“I could never keep a child away from James,” she says. “How could I keep a child from their father?” 

The first part of Janet Jackson – which features never-before-seen home video footage and interviews with people such as Paula Abdul, producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and several of Jackson’s siblings – ends with a triumphant Jackson heading out on her groundbreaking Rhythm Nation tour. 

Part 2 of ‘Janet Jackson’ premieres Saturday, Jan. 29 

Janet Jackson in profile against black background in still from 'Janet Jackson' documentary
Janet Jackson | Lifetime

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Jackson is riding high at the end of the documentary’s first half, but trouble lies ahead, including Michael’s sexual abuse trial and 2009 death from a drug overdose, as well as her infamous Super Bowl performance, which damaged her career. 

So, when will part two of the documentary air? Fortunately, fans won’t have to wait long to see the rest of Jackson’s story. The second half of Janet Jackson premieres Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime and A&E. 

How to watch ‘Janet Jackson’ 

Want to watch the Janet Jackson documentary? If you don’t have cable, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service that includes Lifetime and A&E, such as Hulu+ Live TV, SlingTV, FrndlyTV, or Philo. If you have cable or a live TV package that includes Lifetime and A&E, you may also be able to watch Janet Jackson on-demand after it airs. 

Unfortunately, Janet Jackson won’t able available on Netflix. 

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