How To Watch the New Janet Jackson Documentary Online

The usually media-shy Janet Jackson is opening up about her four-decade career in a new documentary, coming to screens this January.

Janet Jackson has been in the making for five years, and will include never-seen-in-public home movies alongside interviews with Jackson herself and her many celebrity fans and friends.

Among the topics the Lifetime documentary will be covering is her sometimes hostile relationship with brother Michael Jackson, the infamous Super Bowl performance that made her a media pariah, and the stories behind the songs that made her a superstar, including "Rhythm Nation," "That's the Way Love Goes" and "All For You."

Read on for everything you need to know about the Janet Jackson documentary, including when it is on and where to watch it online for free.

When Is the Janet Jackson Documentary Airing?

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Janet Jackson performing during her 1990 "Rhythm Nation" tour. The singer's career will be explored in a new documentary. Getty

The four episodes of the documentary are airing over two nights at the end of January.

The first two hour-long parts will air from 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT on Friday, January 28. The second two will air the following day (Saturday, January 29) in the same timeslot.

What Network Is the Janet Jackson Documentary On?

The doc is airing on two channels at once. Both A&E and Lifetime will air the four episodes on January 28 and 29.

This means that the best place to watch the documentary online will be the websites and apps of those two networks. All viewers have to do to either live-stream the doc as it airs or watch it later on demand, is to log in with their cable provider details.

How To Watch the Janet Jackson Doc for Free

If you do not have cable, however, there are ways to watch the documentary online for free.

The easiest way is to watch the show via a free trial of a live TV streaming service. Among the services that offer Lifetime/A&E as a free trial are YouTube TV, SlingTV, VidGo and Philo, all of which offer viewers seven days free.

Will the Janet Jackson Documentary Be on Netflix?

So far, Lifetime has not announced what the eventual streaming home for the documentary will be. However, its eventual streaming home is likely to be not Netflix but Hulu.

The Walt Disney Company is the co-owner of A&E Networks (which includes A&E and Lifetime), as well as Hulu (and Disney+), meaning they may decide to put it onto their streaming platform.

What Is the Janet Jackson Documentary About?

The official synopsis reads: "With full, unprecedented access to the global icon, Janet Jackson is an intimate, honest and unfiltered look at her untold story. Producers Workerbee have been filming the incredible documentary for over three years and were granted exclusive access to archival footage and Janet's never before seen home videos, along with star-studded interviews.

"This will be the definitive story on Janet Jackson. One of the best-selling and highest-earning artists in music history, Janet has enjoyed immense levels of success, experienced incredible tragedy, and endured a tumultuous private life in the face of extraordinary public scrutiny. With no stone left unturned, Janet Jackson lifts the lid on her private life for the very first time and reveals some of her most intimate moments ever caught on camera."