Turn Up Charlie: Season 1 Reviews

November 10, 2020
It's all predictable and remote light fare.
July 31, 2019
Someone just make him Bond already and we can let this be the forgettable show it was destined to be.
March 18, 2019
He's just not funny. Elba's considerable skills in projecting menace and resolve don't come into play and he mostly just looks genial and a little lost.
March 18, 2019
Sometimes a routine comedic story can be truly funny, but "Turn Up Charlie" falls flat when it should be a total rave up.
March 18, 2019
There's some light relief in throwback references to Charlie's Nigerian roots - Jocelyn Jee Esien as Aunt Lydia is a scene-stealer - but for the most part Turn Up Charlie is a turn-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2019
Turn Up Charlie is, at best, a half-baked series... is also, at worst, a waste of Idris Elba and Piper Perabo's time and talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
March 14, 2019
Unfortunately, this series really contains two mismatched shows that cannibalize each other and take down the whole ship.
March 14, 2019
The only consistent pleasure of Turn Up Charlie is, most likely, the only reason you gave this show a shot in the first place: the copious footage of Idris Elba DJing...
March 14, 2019
Though it can be binge-watched painlessly enough,... Turn Up Charlie is such a disassembled example of a "Welcome to my world" TV show that it ought to come with its own Allen wrench.
March 14, 2019
Elba has a nice rapport with all of his co-stars, Hervey in particular, but the whole thing just left me wanting to see Elba demonstrate his chops in a better-written comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 14, 2019
While the show is breezy and mildly pleasant, in a less profligate streaming-TV environment the logical move would have been to turn down Charlie.
March 14, 2019
The frankly painful new series - it can't decide if it's a sitcom, comedy-drama or children's soap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 14, 2019
The show pulls in too many directions at once, many of them far removed from the sporadic charm of its concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 13, 2019
Turn Up Charlie is let down by writing and characterisation that render the whole thing a chore.
March 13, 2019
How do you botch anything starring Idris Elba?
March 13, 2019
Turn Up Charlie does a fantastic job of winding up self-centered twits into tossing epic fits and snits. If only it expended as much effort on making things, you know, funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 8, 2019
It's a shame that as Elba takes on another genre in Turn Up Charlie, his charm can't save the series from its own lazy comedic tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 7, 2019
Its plots get lost in big set pieces and interpersonal DJ drama that's nowhere near as interesting as the show wants it to be.
March 5, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 5, 2019
[It's] a thoroughly mild, easily digestible sitcom that unfortunately dips into Disney Channel levels of saccharine too often to merit a recommendation
Full Review | Original Score: C-