Turn Up Charlie: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Turn Up Charlie

Critics Consensus

Poor writing and predictable plot twists dampen Turn Up Charlie's fun premise -- but those looking for a breezy sitcom starring the perennially cool Idris Elba may find themselves tapping along to its good natured beats.



Critic Ratings: 40


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User Ratings: 173

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019
Air date: Mar 15, 2019
Air date: Mar 15, 2019
Air date: Mar 15, 2019
Air date: Mar 15, 2019
Air date: Mar 15, 2019
Air date: Mar 15, 2019
Air date: Mar 15, 2019

Turn Up Charlie: Season 1 Videos

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Idris Elba
as Charlie
J.J. Feild
as David
Frankie Hervey
as Gabrielle

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Critic Reviews for Turn Up Charlie Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16)

Because the situation is so absurd, there's a humor that comes through. And I particularly like the characters.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's frustrating to see an artist with such ambition settle for something so elementary. It's harmless, sure, but it's also inconsequential and unkempt.

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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It's madcap and zany to the point of being unhinged, but it has its moments of hilarious silliness.

Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Turn Up Charlie is a kind of TV-comedy mosaic: chunks and shards of sitcom commonplaces are spackled together by moments of sincerity.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

His (Idris Elba) attempt at TV, however, is not so bad and it was cool to see him using London slang.

Jan 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Someone just make him Bond already and we can let this be the forgettable show it was destined to be.

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

It's perfectly amusing.

Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Extra-lovable actors make a cliched storyline funny, sweet.

Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Idris Elba is the main draw to this show, but there are a plethora of other reasons to enjoy it. The music is one of those things.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Idris Elba co-creates, and stars in, a charming-but-flawed Netflix series about a struggling DJ who becomes a nanny.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

Turn Up Charlie doesn't demand much from its audience or cast, even as it remains pretty watchable

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Turn Up Charlie isn't the worst idea for a Netflix series, far from it. Nor is Elba's attempt to create a high-profile outlet for his personal music career.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Turn Up Charlie: Season 1

  • Mar 03, 2020
    Beautiful. Relatable. Great Character development. Real-life challenges and the drama that goes with them without being over the top and exhausting like most tv shows are these days. I can't recommend this enough. I'm really disappointed with the critical response. This show inspires me to write long-form just to combat the disaster that is today's critic.
  • Feb 06, 2020
    Great show! Love Elba one of my favourite actors. Show has good plot twists and I'm curious to where the second season will go.
  • Dec 04, 2019
    This show is gold! And so are Idris's songs... absolute bangers 😎
  • Nov 05, 2019
    The little girl made the show nearly unwatchable. Why they would write such an obnoxious and unlikable character is beyond me. Everything else I liked, but I hated the little girls character. It killed the show.
  • Oct 16, 2019
    fun to watch. predictable but yet in a uncommon way. shows a side you'd not expect in a average sense, so enough twist to be your "all the same"
  • Jun 19, 2019
    This is a funny romp - yes, maybe slightly predictable, but even if you know the destination it can be worth the ride. Of course, Idris Elba is one of the sexiest men alive so I'd watch him watching paint dry, but it was really fun to see him in something more lighthearted. He's also very funny as are many of the supporting cast (my favourite is Auntie Lydia).This is what makes Turn Up Charlie such a good time. I also really appreciated the strong female characters and found them very relatable. I do struggle with an overly precocious child character, because they come off so false. Every. Single. Time. This also reflects what horrible people her parents are so the most unbelievable thing is that Charlie would ever be interested in Sara for anything other than career advancement and/or sex. #TeamAstrid
  • Jun 01, 2019
    Refreshing and very entertaining, Idris Elba does a phenomenal job throughout this series and love the British elements of the humor. I'm very sad a season 2 isn't already out as I couldn't stop watching this series when I started. Definitely need more season, also the critic reviews are nonsense, anyone I've recommended this show to has loved it.
  • Jun 01, 2019
    Idris Elba good. But the entitled, priviledged family especially the awful little girl main character made the show unbearable. Filled with racial cliches and mad predictable. Idris you are better than this.
  • May 15, 2019
    was awesome - loved it - can't wait until season 2
  • Apr 18, 2019
    Critics are clearly out of touch, a funny easy entertaining watch, we'll acted hopefully a season 2

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