Julie and the Phantoms is an American musical comedy-drama streaming television series created by Dan Cross and David Hoge that premiered on Netflix on September 10, 2020.
The show is based on the Brazilian television show Julie e os Fantasmas. The series was canceled after one season in December 2021.
Julie and the Phantoms Season 1 Ending Explained
Julie And The Phantoms, a Netflix original series, ended on a major cliffhanger, leaving fans eager for season 2. The season one finale of Julie And The Phantoms, based on the Brazilian series Julie e os Fantasmas, ended with Luke, Reggie, and Alex resurrected and evil magician Caleb Covington possessing Nick’s body to seek revenge.
Although Julie And The Phantoms were set in a supernatural world, the show remained grounded by dealing with heavy themes such as grief as the characters dealt with the deaths of those they loved as well as their own.
Julie And The Phantoms follow Julie, played by newcomer Madison Reyes, as she works through the grief of her mother’s death and returns to making music. She is assisted by the ghost musicians of the band Sunset Curve, who died in 1995 after eating contaminated hot dogs.
While Julie mourns her mother’s death, the ghosts must accept their own untimely deaths and mourn the lives they left behind. After discovering that the ghosts can be seen as long as they perform with Julie, they form the band “Julie And The Phantoms” to deal with their grief.
Season 1 ends on a major cliffhanger, despite the fact that Netflix has yet to renew Julie And The Phantoms for a second season. After failing to complete their unfinished business, the boys are about to succumb to Caleb’s curse and vanish from existence when Julie reaches out to embrace them, causing Luke, Reggie, and Alex to solidify for the first time.
Meanwhile, Caleb Covington takes over Nick’s body and goes to see Julie after the Phantoms foil his plan to steal their souls. But what does that ending imply for Julie And The Phantoms?
Julie and the Phantoms Review (Spoiler-free)
The only thing you should know about Julie and the Phantoms before going in is that Kenny Ortega is the executive producer.
If that doesn’t sound familiar, he’s the guy who directed the High School Musical films, the Descendants films, and, of course, the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus. The first of his Netflix projects, this nine-part supernatural teen drama is as charming, warm, and finger-snappingly musical as you’d expect.
That’s the problem though. If they really loved each other they should not need to be pushed. Lexi forced them to propose get married when they clearly were not ready & look how that turned out. If two people have to be forced together they should not be together period #ballum https://t.co/48YHQM3NZQ
— Julie & the phantoms (@thephantomsboys) October 27, 2022
Julie (Madison Reyes, a newcomer) is a 15-year-old singer-songwriter who recently lost her mother. Her grief has hampered her creativity, and as a result, she is on the verge of being expelled from her school’s prestigious music program. Then she meets Sunset Curve, a cute up-and-coming indie rock band, and rediscovers her voice.
Her teachers are impressed, her classmates are enthralled, and the newly renamed ‘Julie and the Phantoms’ even catch the attention of record label executives. What’s the catch? Luke (Charlie Gillespie), Alex (Owen Joyner), and Reggie (Jeremy Shada) have all died over the past 25 years.
Despite the fact that the show’s title and premise were lifted from Nickelodeon Brazil’s Julie e os Fantasmas, Ortega was given free rein to retell the story however he saw fit.
That could explain why the show appears to take a few episodes to find its footing: the first two episodes, at least, appear to skew extremely silly and childish, as Julie and the boys meet for the first time and try to negotiate the rules of their extremely strange friendship.