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Emily In Paris is a 2020 American TV series created by Darren Star and released by Netflix on October 2, 2020.

Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) is a young and ambitious Chicago ad exec who is sent to Paris to be the American connection in Savoir, an ad agency specializing in luxury brands acquired by her company.

But when she gets there, she gets the Culture Shock to end them all and has to learn to adapt to her new reality.



  • Accidental Kiss: When Emily meets Camille for the first time, a misunderstanding with the local 'a kiss on each cheek' custom results in the two women briefly locking lips.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT mention Durée Cosmetics in the Savoir office.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Emily gets one with Gabriel after he helps save her business dinner... Only for it to be subverted minutes later when she learns her new friend is also his girlfriend.
  • Costume Porn: Most of the characters are dressed in expensive, fashionable clothing.
  • Culture Clash: This is the show's central theme. Emily, who is a young American woman, goes to Paris and finds her attitude/views clash with that of French people's on many things. For instance, she finds an ad which consists solely of a nude woman walking over a bridge problematic at best-the French simply don't get what the issue is. She's pretty surprised by how casual Antoine and Silvie are about having an affair, of which his wife knows (Silvie's even her close friend). When her colleagues are told about her firm's "corporate commandments", which include avoiding workplace romances, Luc heatedly accuses her of seeking to "kill their French soul". In addition, they also find a lot of her ideas for marketing overly crass and unconventional for their tastes. Nonetheless, some like Camille and Gabriel are still charmed by her.
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  • Deus ex Machina: Seriously, take a shot every time Emily's problem of the week is solved by a side character she's recently met coming to her aid.
  • Dinner Order Flub: While having lunch with Mindy, Emily accidentally orders a condom with her croissant thanks to her awful French.
  • Disapproving Look: Emily is on the receiving end of many of them, especially from her manager Sylvie.
  • Doomed New Clothes: After convincing designer Pierre Cadault to donate a dress for an auction, Emily herself ends up modeling it at the event. To her and Pierre's dismay, the dress is bought by avantgarde designers Grey Space, who promptly proceed to ruin it by pouring black paint all over it... on the auction's stage, with Emily still wearing it.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Mindy had hidden from her Chinese friends that she had quit singing and was working as a nanny in Paris, but when they show up in the city for a bachelorette party and she works up the courage to tell them, turns out they knew it.
  • Family Business: The small champagne company run by Camille's mother, which she expects to pass on to her children.
  • Flipping the Bird: Emily ends her short-lived relationship with semiotics professor Thomas by giving him the middle finger.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: Emily learns that 'shower' is 'douche' in French. She immediately declares to Gabriel, her love interest:
    Emily: I had a wonderful 'douche'.
  • Gay Paree: The series takes place in an affluent, picturesque white-washed Paris populated by French stereotypes.
  • Germanic Depressives: In the first episode, this is the subject of a joke by Emily's new French colleagues.
    Paul: Without pleasure, who are we?
    Sylvie: German.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: At the beginning of an episode, Emily is woken up by the noise of Camille and Gabriel's morning sex. Later on, it's her orgasms with Thomas preventing them from sleeping at night. Camille is amused about it, Gabriel not so much.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • In the very first episode, Luc (who had been complicit in mocking Emily) gently but firmly calls Emily out on her arrogance of coming to work for a French firm without speaking a word of French, imposing her ideas on them even though she has zero experience working with luxury brands and expecting people to just go with it.
    • Doug is written as a Hate Sink, but he does bring up the fact that Emily doesn't know a lick of French as a reason why she shouldn't go to Paris.
    • For those who aren't a fan of Emily, it's hard to argue with her basic logic that a marketing firm should try not to offend their consumer base, and not every culture supports Parisian values, regarding the problematic perfume ad.
  • Karma Houdini: Gabriel and Emily, as Camille never finds out he cheated on her with Emily before they break up for unrelated reasons.
  • Mrs. Robinson:
    • Emily unwittingly becomes this after sleeping with Camille's teenage brother, mistaking the French school system of collège for its American meaning, and because Camille announced they'll meet her adult brother but never clarified having two brothers. Fortunately he's 17, so no statutory rape under French law (which has a normal age of consent of 15yo, except for adults with authority on the teenager).
    • Madeline hoped young handsome Frenchmen would fall for her, citing French president Emmanuel Macron, who married a former teacher of his who is 25 years his senior, as proof that the French live by this trope.
  • Poisonous Friend: When Emily receives lingerie from a married man (who is already having an affair with her boss Sylvie) Mindy encourages her to have an affair with him. She's not out to sabotage Emily; instead, she's just a person who makes bad decisions all around without a shred of self-awareness.
  • Scenery Porn: Both within the plot and in establishing and transition shots, nary a moment goes by when you're not reminded of how beautiful Paris is.
  • Spoiling Shout-Out: Emily and designer Pierre Cadault talk about Gossip Girl and the latter reveals the identity of the title character.
  • Tactful Translation: Courtesy of Gabriel, when Emily has to discuss with her grumpy and rude concierge.
  • Those Two Guys: Luc and Julien, Emily's coworkers, are rarely seen far from each other and usually speak to her in tandem.
  • This Is Reality: A theme for the early episodes as Emily's views of Paris were all from romantic movies and novels. She quickly gets an eye-opener to what the "real" city is like with some of the residents openly sighing they're tired of Americans not knowing the true Paris culture.
  • "Ugly American" Stereotype: Downplayed by Emily, who's generally nice and more ignorant than arrogant. Still, she goes to France not speaking the language, not simply as a tourist but for a job there, while expecting her colleagues will simply conform. Additionally, she tries to impose American values somewhat in the company (this does not go well) and negatively compares some French things with US culture.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Pretty much no character wears the same outfit twice, and Emily and Mindy are always in stylish outfits despite living on a marketing professional and nanny's salary respectively. Emily's fashion is one of the biggest talking points of the show, whether you love or hate her outfits.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Or actors; Lily Collins who plays Emily revealed that while Emily's age is never specified, she envisioned the character as being 22 years old; disregarding the fact that Emily is supposed to have a Masters degree (in Marketing or Communications, the show flip-flops between both) and enough work experience to be a natural choice for her company to send her to Paris - which suggests Emily is a genius who graduated school young, or more realistically Collins doesn't know how long it would normally take to work to that level of experience.
  • You Make Me Sic: Thomas, after Emily dumps him at the ballet:
    Emily: Thomas, since you're a professor of signs, I'm sure you won't have any trouble recognizing this one. [flips the bird at him, starts walking away]
    Thomas: That's more of a gesture.


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