JULIA is a history lesson on how tough it “was” for women to get recognition and be visible in the workplace. The series constantly reminds us how it feels when women outshine and outsmart men. It is shown in an honest, authentic way, but still shocking, nevertheless.

Julia (Sarah Lancashire) is remarkable as the “patron saint of omelettes.” She embodies the role of Julia Child. She is the focal point of every scene; we can’t take our eyes off of her. And that is a good thing. The other women in the ensemble are strong and engaging as well. This week Blanche Knopf (Judith Light) was added as the head of Knopf Publishing Company. She is a powerful woman, and it will be exciting to see these two go head-to-head in the near future.

I was a little disappointed with this episode. It felt like a filler. It was well-done and necessary to see how Julia is progressing with her “fame.” Reliving the 60’s is definitely an eye-opener for women’s rights and self-esteem issues. It was a lively, well-written, segment offering insights to what was on the minds of women during that decade. It just did not push the story forward enough for me. The writing gave us the background and hopefully next week, it will put us bac on track with Julia’s journey.

JULIA is worthy of your time. It allows us to take a peek at a very sensitive transition in our history. Of course, we can’t forget that JULIA first and foremost is a cooking show “that is teaching America how to taste life. And that’s damn good.”

JULIA is available to stream on HBO MAX.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Childrenโ€™s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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