Julie and the Phantoms is a music-filled series that stands tall on its own.
This post for Julie and the Phantoms Season 1 is spoiler-free.
Julie and the Phantoms (2020, created by Dan Cross and David Hoge) is a pleasantly good teen musical series from Netflix under the streaming giant’s Family collection. It follows Julie (Madison Reyes) who is motivated to pursue music again after meeting three musician ghosts—Luke (Charlie Gillespie), Alex (Owen Joyner) and Reggie (Jeremy Shada)—from a has-been boy band called Sunset Curve.
This musical series welcomes Reyes in her debut television role, and as a newcomer, she is very talented—actually, everyone in this series is incredibly competent. The series plot is a typical high school drama, with boy crushes and ex-best friend drama filling the subplots, but what makes Julie and the Phantoms stand out is its original soundtrack.
All nine episodes of this show—the majority of which are directed by Kenny Ortega—features an original song, all of which are incredibly catchy and performed by the talented cast members. Gillespie who plays Luke is incredibly handsome and fits the role of Luke perfectly. It’s also a bonus that his character wears vintage band t-shirts and cut off muscle tanks, as it really suits his style. Joyner and Shada who both respectively play Alex and Reggie are also great in their roles, and the chemistry between the band is outstanding.
Other supporting characters like Booboo Stewart who plays a free-spirited ghost, Willie, and Cheyenne Jackson who plays a magician ghost, Caleb, are cleverly added into this show to add a little zest to the series. Jackson has scenes where he gets to show off his wonderful vocal skills, and it was certainly a delight to watch.
I’m also glad to see that in a television series targeted towards the younger audience, it has become a norm for shows like Julie and the Phantoms to effortlessly include LGBTQ+ characters. This Netflix Family series is certainly enjoyable for all ages and it has a killer soundtrack that is euphonic for the ears.