'Emily in Paris' Viewers Can't Stop Mocking the Show, Now Read The Creator's Defense for All Those Clichés

One of the latest popular shows on Netflix has been the dramedy Emily in Paris, but even people who seem to enjoy the show can't help but criticize it as being cliché. Series creator Darren Star defended the clichés in a new interview, explaining that it was part of his vision.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday about his lengthy career, which includes creating iconic series such as Sex and the City and Beverly Hills, 90210, Star answered a question addressing French critics who had less than kind comments about the series. "Yes, no cliché is spared, not even the poorest," the review for Premiere stated.

The Premiere review also said that Star's portrayal of French people was unfair, depicting them as lazy and sexist. "Darren Star and his authors do not go with the back of the spoon, when they decide to caricature us. We thus learn that the French are 'all bad,'" the review stated.

Even people on Twitter, who have said they enjoyed Emily in Paris, also pointed out clichés or that it sets unrealistic expectations for what real life Parisian experiences are.

Emily in Paris has every cliche you can think of do I still love it? pic.twitter.com/hHFDvrqwvu

— Colin Fitz ✨ (@_colinfitz) October 16, 2020

Expectations vs Reality pic.twitter.com/kRgKeWU9Br

— Swam Hilaire (@HilaireSwam) October 20, 2020

Emily in Paris is quite possibly the worst show of all time and I'm going to watch the whole thing.

— KURTWEETY (@KurtLaduma) October 22, 2020

While many people take glee in watching the show and pointing out clichès, comic artist Adam Ellis warned that even people who hate-watch the show are only adding to its popularity, putting other series at risk and increasing the likelihood that Emily in Paris will continue for more seasons.

I’m sure hatewatching Emily In Paris is fun but watch it get 5 more seasons while they cancel more of your favorite shows

— Adam ElIis (@moby_dickhead) October 19, 2020

Star explained that the show is rather a "love letter" to the city of lights and that the clichés permeate it because it is told "through the eyes of this American girl who has never been there." He said the romantic portrayal of Paris is intentional.

"The first thing she is seeing is the clichés because it's from her point of view. I'm not sorry for looking at Paris through a glamorous lens. It's a beautiful city, and I wanted to do a show that celebrated that part of Paris," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Even though some critics may take issue with the show's portrayal of Paris, it doesn't seem like the clichés are bothering Netflix users all that much, as Emily in Paris remains in the streaming service's top ten, at number five.

The show has also received some defense from other people, who feel that it's been unfairly criticized. New Yorker food critic Hannah Goldfield tweeted that she enjoyed the show and asked why everyone's been so hard on it. "What do you people want from a television show?" she wrote.

Emily in Paris c’est fantastique! What do you people want from a television show??

— Hannah Goldfield (@hannahgoldfield) October 22, 2020

Darren Star's publicist did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

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Darren Star was nominated during day one of the MIPCOM 2019 on October 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. Getty/Arnold Jerocki