"It meets the subject head-on, without apology," says Tara Ellison, pointing out that the Julia Child HBO Max drama is the rare series where older women aren't an afterthought. "In Julia, series creator Daniel Goldfarb and his team approach Child’s transformation not as a punchline but as a real and complex issue in a woman’s life," says Ellison. "It’s rare to see menopause handled onscreen with that degree of sensitivity. Child is not the only locus of attention in the series for older women, a category long overlooked by Hollywood. The characters of Avis DeVoto (Bebe Neuwirth), Child’s best friend, and Blanche Knopf (Judith Light), Child’s publisher, have emotional heft, gravitas and heapings of snappy dialogue. Both women are fiercely intelligent, formidable and in their primes." As Ellison points out, Hollywood has often depicted “the change” as a form of death or at best a comedic device, from Money Heist to And Just Like That. "There are exceptions, of course, like Pamela Adlon, fighting the good fight and openly discussing her struggles on the recently concluded Better Things, or Fleabag’s Kristin Scott Thomas, who delivers a uniquely freeing take on menopause that The Times’ own Mary McNamara called 'the best three minutes of TV ever.' But Julia doesn’t just avoid skirting the subject; the series leads with it."
TOPICS: Julia, HBO Max, Daniel Goldfarb, Women and TV