A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's important to know when to focus on personal vs. professional life. Emphasizes the necessity of finding balance.
Positive Role Models
Emily is a hard worker who has issues setting boundaries between work and personal life. She's a loyal friend who often puts others before herself, although this leads to problems at times. Mindy leaves behind her wealthy family to pursue her dream career. On the other hand, the series does include stereotypes of French people, who are portrayed as snide and rude.
The cast is mostly White (and moneyed). Cultural stereotypes loom large: French characters are snide, snotty, hostile, and contemptuous, while the American main character is outrageously sure of herself (but has talent to back it up). Comments can be hostile and unkind, like when the French owner of Emily's company wonders out loud why Americans are "so fat" and Emily's boss says they should "stop eating." (Despite these comments, the cast itself features mostly thin or athletically built actors.) But White women have strong, central roles, and a few characters of color appear, including Mindy (a Chinese character played by Korean American actor Ashley Park), Julien (Black French actor Samuel Arnold) -- who's gay -- and Alfie, played by Lucien Laviscount, who's Black and British of Antiguan descent.
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Violence & Scariness
A character cuts his finger and bleeds profusely. Another person is hit by a car and suffers minor injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Emily is subject to constant male attention -- some she brushes off politely, some she accepts and enjoys. Expect many flirty suitors to turn into dates, sex. A lot of talk about the French way of romance and commitment: Husbands and wives have lovers who are tolerated. Sexual situations feature no nudity or graphic content but may have some frank talk, like when Emily and a man have phone sex: "You do you, I'll do me," says her friend, while his hand makes suggestive movements.
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Language is infrequent: "hell," "s--t," and "merde" (French for "s--t").
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Products & Purchases
Characters mention brands like Instagram, McDonald's, Jacquemus, Fendi, Lancome Paris, Dior, Vespa, Chopard, and Rimowa.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many characters smoke. "Smoking is a pleasure," says one character, while another frequently advises Emily to have a cigarette instead of eating when hungry. Scenes take place at bars and parties with everyone drinking; no one acts drunk. One of Emily's friends owns a vineyard.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Emily in Paris is a show about a young American woman named Emily (Lily Collins) whose company sends her to its Paris branch, to the consternation of her new co-workers. Lots of attention is paid to the difference between American and French culture ("French people are mean to your face"), and Emily's boss, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), is disgusted by "fat" Americans and often advises Emily to have a cigarette instead of eating. Emily is the subject of lots of male attention; expect her to have boyfriends and sex, and to see scenes like one in which she and her boyfriend Doug (Roe Hartrampf) have phone sex (no nudity, but there are suggestive hand movements). Many characters smoke; they also drink wine at parties and dinners. Women are in strong central roles, but the show's cast is mostly White (and moneyed). Locations are elegant and expensive, and Emily's clothing looks fashion-magazine chic and pricey. Her work involves luxury brands; viewers hear about how expensive and exclusive they are. Infrequent language includes "hell," "s--t," and "merde" (French for "s--t"). Positive messages may not land strongly in such a light, frothy show, but themes include finding balance between work and private life and being true to yourself.
Is It Any Good?
As a great big slice of wish fulfillment, this confection is as bubbly as champagne and twice as heady. Viewers who hoped this show from Star would carry a whiff of Sex and the City are definitely in luck -- of course, the action is transplanted to the City of Light rather than New York City, and the quartet of friends is cut down to a twosome (Emily almost immediately meets a sympathetic best buddy by chance in a park, and the two are soon rendezvousing for cozy sidewalk cafe meals). It's also faintly ridiculous in some of the same ways that Sex and the City was, with a charmingly egocentric lead who's constantly hit on by devastatingly handsome men (with French and British accents, of course), wears several stylish outfits in every episode, and always finds a clever solution to every problem.
Emily's supposed talent for social media also strains belief, given that her Instagram account starts racking up thousands of followers and likes with photos of marble statues hashtagged #chiseledabs or selfies of her eating pain au chocolat. At work, too, her campaigns are pun-based and cringey -- but she's so, so, so, so talented, everyone says so! Ah, but it hardly matters when Emily in Paris has Collins as viewers' gorgeous-young-thing-in-the-city avatar and a sufficient amount of conflict in the form of an impossibly chic French boss (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) who's actively trying to sabotage her. Renowned costume designer Patricia Field creates outfits that are almost striking enough to draw focus away from the radiantly shot Parisian street scenes overlaid with a kicky score of mostly French pop. Give Emily in Paris a kiss on each cheek and settle in for your binge -- there's no fighting it.
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