Emily in Paris





Emily Clark

TV Series Review

Emily Cooper is the sort of girl who lives to work—even when she’s not technically working. She goes running first thing every morning, shows up early to the office each day, uses spreadsheets to plan out every detail of her vacation time—and she somehow does it all with a smile on her face.

In short, she’s not the sort of person who transfers to an office in Paris at a moment’s notice. But that’s exactly what happens when her boss becomes pregnant and is unable to relocate herself.

So now Emily is in Paris, working for a luxury brand marketing firm. And it’s a bit … challenging.

Sure, the food is so delicious and the fashion is so chic and the lights are so magical. But the people are so mean!

While Emily lives to work, her French colleagues work to live. Em’s aggressive marketing strategies don’t appeal to their couture clientele. However, her perky attitude does appeal to the throngs of social media users who begin to follow her Instagram account: @emilyinparis.

So she uses this to her advantage. And with a little charm and lot of luck, it just might be enough to help her keep her job.

Luxurious or Lackadaisical?

Emily has to adjust to many French customs, many of which  can be pretty problematic.

For starters, Emily’s new boss, Sylvie, repeatedly makes comments about American eating habits (i.e. that we eat disgusting food and too much of it). She often substitutes a cigarette for a meal, and it is very common to see people smoking both inside and outs. Many Parisians drink wine with every meal, too—including breakfast.

Emily is also shocked when she learns that Sylvie is not only romantically involved with a married client, but that everyone is aware of the situation and OK with it (including the man’s wife). However, this creates tension when the man shifts his attention to Emily. Because apparently, it’s one thing to cheat on your wife with your mistress, but it’s another thing to cheat on your mistress with someone else.

While Emily shuts the man down and even calls out some of her firm’s ad campaigns for their sexism (one features a nude woman, and we see her rear briefly), she isn’t above having sex with plenty of other men and even sleeps with a minor.

Language is another barrier—and not just because Emily can’t speak French. Each episode features a variety of colorful terms both in English and French, up to and including the s-word.

Emily in Paris feels like Gossip Girl in Paris (or perhaps even Sex and the City, if that city was the City of Lights), and its content is just as problematic. It happily shows the consequences of what happens when you make mistakes in your professional life but never what happens when you do the same in your personal one. So while it might seem like a cute show about luxurious living, it’s actually pretty lackadaisical in its treatment of the characters living it up.

Episode Reviews

Oct. 2, 2020, Episode 1: “Emily in Paris”

When Emily’s boss, Madeline, finds out that she’s pregnant, Emily has to replace her in Paris, where she’s to market luxury brands.

Emily and her boyfriend smooch several times. They also have cybersex (critical parts are hidden by covers, but we see movements and hear sounds). We see Emily’s vibrator. A couple makes out on a bridge. We learn that Madeline isn’t sure who her baby’s father is. Some women wear cropped tops and short skirts. Someone calls the French president “hot” and also mentions that he married his former teacher.

People make rude comments about Americans, Germans and obesity. Emily is offended when her colleagues call her “la plouc,” which translates to “the hick.” She is also hurt when they all make excuses to not have lunch with her.

People smoke throughout. One man vapes. People drink wine and beer at restaurants and bars. A woman vomits from morning sickness. We hear multiple misuses of God’s name as well as a use of “h—.”

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Emily Clark
Emily Clark

Emily studied film and writing when she was in college. And when she isn’t being way too competitive while playing board games, she enjoys food, sleep, and indulging in her “nerdom,” which is the collective fan cultures of everything she loves, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

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