When I got the email from Netflix about a new series called Julie + the Phantoms, I was certainly intrigued. I watched the trailer and immediately jumped on the opportunity to watch the series as a screener.
Hubs and I gleefully devoured this show in one day and loved it.
Title: Julie + the Phantoms
Episodes: 9 x 30 minute
Release date: September 10, 2020
Synopsis: High schooler Julie lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom’s old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she’s inspired to start singing and writing songs again. As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms.
From Emmy and DGA Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega and choreographer Paul Becker comes a fresh and exciting new musical series about embracing life’s ups and downs, following your dreams, and discovering the power of your own voice. Based on the original Brazilian series Julie e os Fantasmas written by Paula Knudsen, Tiago Mello and Fabio Danesi.
Cast: Madison Reyes as Julie, Charlie Gillespie as Luke, Owen Patrick Joyner as Alex, Jeremy Shada as Reggie, Booboo Stewart as Willie, Cheyenne Jackson as Caleb, Carlos Ponce as Ray, Sonny Bustamante as Carlos, Jadah Marie as Flynn, Sacha Carlson as Nick, Savannah Lee May as Carrie
Before we get to my top 5 reasons to watch, let’s check out the trailer!
Top 5 Reasons to watch Julie + the Phantoms
- the slow burn — as much as we loved the show, it did take an episode for us to settle in. Each episode was better than the one before and we sped through watching.
- the character growth — Nearly every person in this show goes through substantial growth and it was good to see that not everyone was portrayed as having it all together.
- the music — it’s catchy and full of feeling and I was thrilled to see that the four actors in the band were all doing their own singing and playing.
- the back story — oh yeah. There are some great twists in this story.
- the ending — I won’t go into details because spoilers, but I will say that Hubs and I both expected this show to come to a final conclusion and while it does do that…there’s also a set up for more to the story.
This show was pure, absolute fun and I really hope it gets another season because I’m here for it.
Huge thanks to Netflix for providing the screener episodes. Julie + the Phantoms releases on September 10, 2020.
Will you be watching Julie + the Phantoms? Did you watch the original?