The Eddy

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Lynnette Nicholas, Common Sense Media
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Melodic, thoughtful drama has some language and violence.

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Positive Messages

There are messages about mending broken relationships and the healing power of self-expression through music and words. A struggling father doesn't necessarily hide the harsh realities of life from his teenage daughter. Musicians display teamwork. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

As a parent who struggles financially, Elliot does not run away from his responsibilities. He aims to be a supportive and loyal father and successful business owner. Though flawed, Julie chooses to be transparent with her dad. Musicians allow a teenager in their space without judgement.


A man is punched in the face in his jazz club, a man gets his throat slit, resulting in some blood splattering against a wall. There are heated, verbal arguments. 


There's some nudity and sexual innuendo among adults.


Profanity is frequent and includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bull s--t," "a--hole," "f--k you," and "asshole." A teenager swears in front of her father, and the father occasionally uses swear words in front of his teenager.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol in a jazz club and in bars. Adult characters and a teenager smoke cigarettes. There's lots of social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Eddy is a melodic drama that centers on a Jazz club owner, Elliot Udo (Andre Holland), who emigrated from New York to Paris and is trying to make a go at managing a successful music venue. lt also focuses on a group of musicians and bandmates, and Elliot's teenage daughter, Julie (Amanda Stenberg), all of whom harness the power of music in their own unique way. The show explores loss, love, and rocky relationships, and there's some kissing, affection, and brief nudity. A man is punched in the face, and another character is murdered. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "asshole," "ass," and "bulls--t." There's some drinking among adults at bars and music venues, and smoking (including by a teenager). There's talk of a dead son and sibling, and navigating grief is among the themes. There are also themes centered on the cathartic power of music and art, as well as teamwork, communication, and perseverance. The Eddy features a diverse cast and avoids any negative stereotypes.

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What's the story?

THE EDDY is a drama that centers on a Jazz club owner, Elliot Udo (Andre Holland), who manages the everyday challenges of running a live music venue in the heart of Paris. Elliot is grieving from the death of his son and recent divorce, while trying to string back together the pieces of what seems a lost relationship with his girlfriend, Maja (Joanna Kulig). When his 16-year-old daughter, Julie (Amandla Stenberg), is sent to live with him in Paris, life lessons are learned and the healing power of music is evident throughout. 

Is it any good?

This series explores the therapeutic power of music through the eyes of a vulnerable and grieving African-American man in Paris. This series has a cinematic simplicity that accentuates the nuanced relationships, and while The Eddy is not a musical, there's a melodic flow that gently guides the plot. While some scenes are slow-moving, and some of the subplots seem unnecessary, there's a beauty in the intimate cinematography that anchors the characters and their stories.

The Eddy will definitely appeal to music-lovers, musicians, poets, and even romantics. The poetic hum of the Parisian streets serves as a poignant backdrop for a man grappling with pain, pressure, and debt. The ethnic, multilingual, and culturally diverse cast makes the characters and their stories even more compelling. Holland brings a sincere vulnerability to the role of Elliot, and it's impossible not to root for him. Stenberg as Julie is a vision of teenage angst, and she inhabits the role with wild abandon, particularly during her bouts with truancy and teenage rebellion. Kulig as Maja is raw and engaging to watch, and the entire cast of musicians come across as genuinely authentic. And while this series is definitely not all about the music, the ebb and flow of each scene serve as a reminder that love, loss, relationships, and life itself are all delicately arranged and intertwined.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role that music plays in The Eddy. What is an eddy, and what's the connection between an eddy, music, and the themes explored in this series?

  • In what ways do the characters in The Eddy use music and musical instruments to communicate? What does Elliot's refusal to play music communicate about his inner feelings? What impact does music have on Julie?

  • The Eddy takes place in Paris. What role does the Parisian setting have in the overall narrative of the series? How does the ethnic and cultural diversity of the cast help shape the series? 

  • In what ways do the musicians and bandmates demonstrate teamwork? How do the different personalities of the musicians impact their success?

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