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02 October 2020 20:31

Emily in Paris

Netflix’s Emily in Paris: Could There Be a Season Two?

Netflix's latest series Emily in Paris is your next rom-com obsession, starring Lily Collins as American marketing executive Emily, who is given her dream job working for a luxury perfume company in Paris. Filmed on-location in Paris and Loire Valley, the series showcases stunning streets and aesthetic squares found in the French capital, featuring both iconic landmarks (the Eiffel Tower) and lesser-known gems. If you've already fallen in love with the city after watching just a few episodes, here's a guide to some of the locations featured in Emily in Paris. Michelin star establishment Le Grand Véfour features in Emily in Paris as the restaurant that Emily tries to get her colleagues and a potential new client into, only to discover that she's mistakenly booked a table for the wrong month. Place de l'Estrapade is a square in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, which in the Netflix show is where Emily's apartment, Gabriel's restaurant and their local bakery are located.

Emily In Paris is one of the most watchable new shows on Netflix this fall, ridiculous in the way the best romantic comedies are, even if it's a bit short on the charm. It starts with a dream job: when Emily's boss at Chicago marketing firm Savoir discovers she's pregnant, she abandons her plan to move to the company's Paris office. Equal parts a classic fish-out-of-water premise and a perfect encapsulation of why the show is hilarious (like anyone needs help figuring out what Americans think), Emily In Paris spends its 10-episode first season maintaining a tension between earnestness and absurdity that lesser shows would buckle under. It helps that Emily is surrounded by all the trappings of great television: breezy scripts, a charming cast of good-looking people, and the lifestyle porn that any good aspirational show has: lavish outfits, glamorous parties, and picturesque views. She arrives in an office full of people she's never worked with and immediately tries to impose new rules, is frequently baffled by cultural differences, and stubbornly insists on doing things her way.

(In this regard it's very much like Younger, a rom-com broken up into a half-hour TV show.) Emily has a sweet and hot French neighbor, but instead of running off with him to get away from work for a weekend, Emily In Paris can only envision a world where the real stakes of said getaway are professional. Seeing as American travelers are personae non gratae (Latin, not French … sorry) in Europe for who knows how long, one can only dream, and watch this new Netflix show. In the office, Emily is doing a brisk walk-and-talk with her boss (Kate Walsh), who has the very on-theme name of Madeline and has been dreaming of moving to Paris forEVER because men there will date older women. I feel like now is a good time to note that I understand this is a Darren Star production, that I find Younger very charming, and that I do know the point of this show is not to "make sense." Yet, in these recaps, we will be questioning just how far the nonsense can stretch before it loops back in on itself and/or makes us all lose our already loose grip on what we call reality. I dwell on this not because it's SO critical to the show (although, I mean, it kind of is, seeing as, if you don't buy into this, it's hard to buy into Emily going to Paris at all) but because it's sort of lazy, sexist writing for a series that, I assume, wants to fit into a kind of you-go-girl feminism in that Bold Type vein.

We spent very little time at the office so I can't say this for a fact, but I have to believe that all her coworkers are losing their MINDS at the fact that Emily, who, we will soon discover, also has zero expertise re: the brands she'll be working with and the field she has been assigned, is just … getting her boss's amazing promotion and job … based on proximity to the boss? Anyway, in this meeting we learn that Patricia, who stormed out when she found Emily couldn't speak a lick of French, is currently running social media but that Emily is here to provide "an American perspective," which — I just can't believe they are putting her up in Paris for a year to tell people how to Instagram! Upon her return to her walk-up, Emily goes to the wrong apartment because she has already forgotten one of the only things about French culture she could be bothered to learn. He says he's from Normandy, and she literally says that she "only knows Normandy from Saving Private Ryan." And then, when he looks at her like she's a moron, she follows up with, "D-Day?" EMILY, I'M PRETTY SURE THE GUY FROM NORMANDY KNOWS ABOUT D-DAY. Also it seems like a very basic fact of the workplace that Emily could have learned if she hadn't spent her entire first day telling everyone else how to do their job.

So far, I like Luc the best because he's the only one to say to Emily's face that showing up in Paris without speaking any French was "arrogant." Netflix's new series Emily in Paris is such a breezy escape from our pandemic- and political-chaos-soaked present that you'll likely devour it in just a few sittings. "I would love nothing more than to be able to go back to Paris and do [a new season]," Emily in Paris producer and star Lily Collins told Vanity Fair last month during a conversation about the making of the series. But while filming in Paris, Collins and the American production team found themselves coming face-to-face with story ideas for Emily. Do you think Emily takes the Eurostar and hops out and goes to Belgium or she goes to London?' That would be so much fun." Referring to a conversation she had with Emily in Paris creator Darren Star, Collins said, "I'm like, 'Darren, there are so many opportunities to just travel internationally when you're here.'" I think we've just scratched the surface of who she is and what makes her tick.… I certainly have a lot of thoughts about where I'd like to see things going, and I know that there's a lot of story to tell.… I don't believe, as an American, you're ever at home in Paris.