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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2019
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  • Summary: Struggling DJ Charlie (Idris Elba) is trying to restart his career while working as a nanny of his best friend's 11-year-old daughter (Frankie Hervey) in this comedy co-created by Elba and TV producer Gary Reich.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Mar 11, 2019
    As a vehicle for Elba-as-funny-guy, Turn Up Charlie does its job.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Mar 19, 2019
    The slightness and lightness are soothing, in this quiet-storm remix of a sitcom pastiche. You feel that he has been wise enough to delight in the foolishness of Charlie’s situation, and you feel charmed to be let in on his boondoggle.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Mar 15, 2019
    Turn Up Charlie, like Charlie himself, is admittedly a bit of a mess. As is the case with his 1997 hit “LUV,” there is some good stuff in the series. But if it returns, it might need a remix.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 5, 2019
    There’s a dozen better versions of Turn Up Charlie, and, for all it offers its star, the one that exists simply isn’t worth hearing.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Mar 5, 2019
    A thoroughly mild, easily digestible sitcom that unfortunately dips into Disney Channel levels of saccharine too often to merit a recommendation. It’s a hard show to hate, but without Elba to anchor it, it’d be so lightweight, it’d disintegrate in the air like a dandelion.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 15, 2019
    Elba is admirably committed to the drab, sentimental material (written by Georgia Lester, Victoria Asare-Archer, Laura Neal and Femi Oyeniran), and his portrayal is unfailingly gracious and warm. ... One problem, though: He’s just not funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Scaife
    Mar 14, 2019
    In other words, not even Turn Up Charlie can totally kill Elba’s natural charisma by bludgeoning it to death with a turntable. But as Charlie careens from one baffling decision to the next, it sure seems determined to try.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 19, 2019
    Loved the show. Charlie and Gab's relationship is the anchor. The parents, David and Sara, are so wrapped up in their own to thigs to see howLoved the show. Charlie and Gab's relationship is the anchor. The parents, David and Sara, are so wrapped up in their own to thigs to see how they are hurting their child. Charlie as mentor and friend for Gabs was brilliant. Expand