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Janet Marie Kyle





Hair color:

Light Brown

Eye Color:



Stock Broker


The Wall


Michael Kyle (husband)
Junior Kyle (son)
Claire Kyle (daughter)
Kady Kyle (daughter)
Unnamed Child
Joe Kyle (father-in-law)
Ann Kyle (mother-in-law)
Ken Kyle (brother-in-law)
Kelly Kyle (sister-in-law)
Unnamed Mother
Unnamed Father


Junior, Jr

First appearance


Last appearance

The V Story

Too many parameters

Janet, usually referred to by her nickname "Jay", is the matriarch of the Kyle family and mother of three children.


Jay's role in the series is typically to be the voice of reason for the family, including Michael; for example, when Michael evicted Junior from the house in season three's "Jr.'s Risky Business" after catching him and his girlfriend Vanessa in Jay and Michael's bed after having sex, she is the one who tries to have Michael to rethink his decision.

During the series, Jay's maiden name is contradicted as in the season two episode "Make Over", in which a frumpy-feeling Jay gets a new look, her maiden name is said to be Thomas.In the pilot, Jay gets a job at a stock broker firm, much to Michael's chagrin, a job which she is subsequently fired from in the season two episode "Jay Gets Fired". In the fourth and fifth seasons, a running gag featured Jay often uttering a devilish laugh when she has a plan or when she thinks something is funny. When the other Kyles witness her laughing at something that's really not funny, they sometimes gave her a "not funny" gesture to make her stop. She was around 32 years old in season 1. 33 to 34 in season 2. 34 to 35 in season 3. 35 to 36 in season 4. 36 to 37 in season 5.


Jay has also been portrayed as something of a hypocrite and delusional. Seeing herself as smarter or more experienced in subjects than she actually is. She is quick to point out her husbands and others flaws but defensive of her own to the point of denial.

When Junior drew a portrait of her she asked him to redo it as it looked nothing like her (it looked exactly like her). When he drew it again the portrait was of Halle Berry, but she insisted it looked just like her.

During her time as a psychology student Jay started analysing everything her family did and giving false diagnosis until Micheal tricked her into seeing what she was doing using a technique she prescribed.

She also often calls therapists if she believes something is wrong with Micheal but quite clearly does not want any actual help, she just wants to be told she is right and Micheal's wrong. She takes offence when he calls up a therapist about a problem she has and quite blatantly says they only call the pheraphist if their is a problem with him. She is also quick to leave another pheriphists office when it was apparent the woman wouldn't take her side. Eventually though they did see an impartial therapist.



An earlier episode stated her maiden name as Johnson, by Michael.

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