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: 38


Audience Score

User Ratings: 159
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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

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Idris Elba
as Charlie
J.J. Feild
as David

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Critic Reviews for Turn Up Charlie Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (13)

The frankly painful new series - it can't decide if it's a sitcom, comedy-drama or children's soap.

Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Idris, a keen DJ himself under the name Driis, milks much humour from Charlie's "old man" persona in the digital playground of modern beats.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Turn Up Charlie: Season 1

  • 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
  • Apr 13, 2019
    Absolutely brilliant show! Loved it from the beginning and it just gets better and better as it goes on! Fingers crossed for at least one more season and hopefully more!
  • Apr 13, 2019
    Great Show. Awaiting Season 2!!
  • Apr 12, 2019
    Starts off slow enough and you may want to bail out but it's worth sticking around for the last few episodes. It's good to see Idris trying on different roles and this show is dinged for being listless, but I think it's more nuanced than it gets credit for.
  • Apr 11, 2019
    Can't wait for Season 2
  • Apr 08, 2019
    Not worth pressing play. The cheesiest and worst acted show i have layed eyes on in a very long time. All the other reviews on this page must be computer generated bots that the series used to boost the rate. Non of the 5 stars are real. Give the show a try and see if mine isnt the most truthful review. Id most recommend you keep scrolling though and do not stop on turn up charlie.

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