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Julie and the Phantoms

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Heartwarming series wins with music, emotional honesty.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 12+

Good, but needs to be rated PG

This is a good series. It's engaging and the music is really good. The actors are good and the girl who plays Julie has an amazing voice. The episode where they are in the Hollywood club has some suggestive outfits and dancing. The boys moon someone in an episode, but nothing but a bare back is seen. One of the band members is gay, but they handle it with respect, just make sure you're OK with exposing this to your kids. Overall good, but rated G is a too low in my opinion.
age 8+

A great family series to watch

(1) very "Disney" like with the mom who has passed and dad is raising a teen who is struggling with lots of things (2) love their songs and love the "phantoms" (3) the song with the kids dancing against the lockers was AWKWARD and completely unnecessary (4) it did indeed touch upon LGBTQ theme but it is much lighter than Disney's Andi Mack's series (5) very cute!!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (77 ):

The remarkable talent of acclaimed producer Kenny Ortega is hard to eclipse, but here it's managed by the entirety of the cast of this unassuming but spectacular series. It starts with Reyes, whose emotional connection to her title role is obvious right off the bat and who captivates on-screen from then on. Enter her unlikely new trio of friends -- three quippy teens who are not surprised to learn they're ghosts but are shocked to discover they've been in limbo for a quarter of a century -- with their very genuine interpersonal relationships and their obvious care for Julie. Round that out with her compassionate father, supportive teachers, and devoted best friend, and Ortega's masterful vision for this series becomes obvious.

Beyond these rich characterizations, Julie and the Phantoms offers viewers something even more likely to reel them in time and again: the impressive musical talent of its frontmen and woman, who actually perform the songs in the show. Julie and the guys have a great rapport on-screen that's only enhanced when they sing and play together. This spells big and far-reaching success for the show, not surprising given Ortega's track record with productions that meld drama, humor, and exceptional original scores.

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