The complete season of Julie’s Greenroom is available March 17th on Netflix.
[Humor follows. Don’t take it too seriously.]
Every TV show needs good characters. It doesn’t matter if the show in question is a comedy or drama; without interesting protagonists, viewers won’t watch. With that established, let me explain why the puppet students in Julie’s Greenroom make for absolutely terrible television.
Julie’s Greenroom is an educational children’s program on Netflix that centers on artisitc legend Julie Andrews teaching a class of young puppets about acting and other stage skills. Now, I may not be the target audience (aka five-year olds), but I know great entertainment when I see it… and this is far from it. Never before have audiences been exposed to such an obnoxious group of characters.
Take Riley, for example. She may have some character development later on, but based on the first episode, she’s super weird and annoying. Are we supposed to feel sorry for her? “I don’t even know how I got here.” “I signed up for robotics.” We get it Riley, you suck.
While Spike adds some much needed ‘puppet diversity’ to the cast, he too is strange. First off he keeps track of interesting words he hears by writing them down a notebook he calls the “word bank.” Bet he’s real popular at school. Also, he constantly tries to cheer people up with rhyming, which is a stupid idea.
One character, Hank, gets a pass because he’s in a wheelchair. Which yes, makes absolutely zero sense because he’s made of felt, but was a pretty cool choice by the showrunners nonetheless.
Fizz on the other hand, is probably the least interesting character in the history of visual media. All the other kids have quirks or something special about them. Fizz is nothing. Her shining moment is when she beats out Perry for the role of the princess. And speaking of Perry…
Perry is the stereotypical overenthusiastic theater girl. And my god, is she annoying or what? There’s too much to roast about her. Seriously though, I’d recommend parents cut out her scenes before screening this in front of their kids. My favorite moment of the season was when she didn’t get the princess role she wanted, and was cast as the ogre. Seemed fitting. Honestly, Idina Menzel deserves mad props for restraining herself from slapping Perry (you just know she wanted to).
In closing, Julie Andrews has made a terrible decision by signing on to this show. You may think Julie’s Greenroom teaches youngsters about the performing arts, but many experts are saying it tarnishes her legacy. Call me crazy, but I just don’t understand what kids are loving about this show!