Julie and the Phantoms

Julie and the Phantoms

TV-G

netflix

A refined teen musical series about pursuing your dreams amid grief

The Very Best

8.5

TV Show

United States of America
English
Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
2020
KENNY ORTEGA
Booboo Stewart, Carlos Ponce, Charlie Gillespie
30 min

TLDR

It's like if Camp Rock and Lizzie McGuire made a baby that grew up.

What it's about

While grieving her mother’s death, a teenage girl accidentally summons three ghost musicians who help her rediscover her passion for music.

The take

In certain aspects, it’s a premise straight out of Disney, but the acting feels a bit more charming. It also has some legitimately funny material in the writing, refusing to rest on the laurels of a tight premise and moving the show away from one trick pony territory. The ghost rules aren’t necessarily inconsistent, but it does take a while to establish the patterns, so they feel like they’re often broken. But as a show generally following the tropes of music-centered teen shows, it excels in just about every department, from the original songs, to its themes of grief and the healing power of music.

What stands out

That first song sounded great and set the tone, but that did not sound 1995.

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