Teens who are looking for a new show to binge on a rainy day will no doubt gravitate toward Netflix’s Emily in Paris. The series follows Emily Cooper (played by Lily Collins), a marketing whiz who moves to Paris for a job opportunity. While living in the City of Lights, she takes on a slew of work challenges, thanks to her difficult boss, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu); meets a gaggle of new friends; and has several romantic encounters that can best be defined as delightfully clichéd.
Created by Darren Star – yes, the genius responsible for Sex and the City – Emily in Paris is definitely geared toward a young adult audience. It’s rated TV-MA by Netflix and Common Sense Media actually OK’ed the series for teens 15 and older. In terms of the material, Emily in Paris can be best compared to a show like Gossip Girl – so you probably won’t want your little kids to be watching it, but the high-school crowd will likely eat it up.
Emily in Paris has plenty of positive elements: it demonstrates perseverance, as Emily wades through uncomfortable workplace situations, and it illustrates the importance of respecting other cultures (for example, it’ll encourage your teens who dream of studying abroad to learn the local language beforehand/once they’re there!).