JULIA is an original series that delves into the background of Julia Child. The story begins in 1963 after Julia’s famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, became a best seller. Julia decides to create a cooking show at a public television station in Boston. The rest is history with the ten-year run of THE FRENCH CHEF. But how did all of this come about during very turbulent years that were often condescending to women? This is the hook.
JULIA is sheer perfection. The ensemble is an actor’s dream team of legendary actors. JULIA (Sarah Lancashire) has summoned Julia’s inner soul. She personifies her physically and vocally. It’s as if Julia has been reborn and decided to cook for all of us once again. Her husband, Paul (David Hyde Pierce), is expertly handling this role. The two of them almost breathe as one while recreating these characters. It is incredible to witness. Avis (Bebe Neuwirth) portrays her best friend with style and strength. You would expect nothing less. Also included in this stellar cast are Alice (Brittany Bradford), John (James Cromwell), and Russ (Fran Kranz).
JULIA decides to make a television show because, “At this stage of my life, I want to feel relevant. I want to BE relevant.” She is a powerhouse who knows her way around the kitchen and how to gently manipulate all the men surrounding her. Often, Julia doesn’t feel as if she knows what to do in the world of TV but can find her way through, “cup by cup.” What a gift for us, the viewers. The costumes, sets, and lighting were all spot-on. I felt immersed in the early ’60s all over again.
JULIA is not a comedy. There are many humorous moments to enjoy, but this really is a story of strength, fortitude, perseverance, and a deep love of cooking. My mouth waters with every extraordinary recipe she creates. I want to get her book, make the “perfect French omelet,” use tons of butter, and include wine as my sauce. “Bon appetite,” everyone.
JULIA is available to stream on HBO MAX.