While flawed in more ways than one, “The Idol” does have a few silver linings which allow you to get through it – despite one notable, divisive performance.


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General Information

Network HBO
Genre(s) Drama, Young Adult, Musical
Created By Sam Levinson, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, and Reza Fahim
Executive Produced By Sam Levinson, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Reza Fahim, Kevin Turen, Ashley Levinson, Joe Epstein, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Sara E. White
Showrunner(s) Sam Levinson
Noted Characters
Jocelyn Lily-Rose Depp
Tedros Abel Tesfaye
Nikki Jane Adams
Destiny Da’Vine Joy Randolph
Chaim Hank Azaria
Andrew Eli Roth
Xander Troye Sivan
Chloe Suzanna Son
Izaak Moses Sumney
Benjamin Dan Levy
Leia Rachel Sennott
Dyanne Jennie Kim

Episode Listing

Episode Number and Title
Episode 1 “Pop Tarts & Rat Tales” Episode 2 “Double Fantasy” Episode 3 “Daybreak”
Episode 4 “Stars Belong To The World” Episode 5 “Jocelyn Forever” Episode 6 (The Sam Levinson edit led to there no longer being an episode 6)

Episodes to Anticipate

  • Episode 5 “Jocelyn Forever”: There is a showcase that allows you to hear Jocelyn, Izaak, Chloe, and Ramsey’s music far more than you have previously in the season
  • Episode 4 “Stars Belong To The World”: Destiny creating so many moments worth becoming .gifs or memes and we get details regarding Jocelyn’s abuse and what stalled Xander’s singing career
  • Episode 3 “Daybreak”: Tesfaye’s best performance, with assistance from Depp, comes from this episode
  • Episode 2 “Double Fantasy”: Details Jocelyn’s breakdown after her mom died of cancer from her canceling her tour a week before it began, her psychotic break, and the eight months it took to get her healthy.

Review

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Who Is This For?

“The Idol” is geared toward fans of Sam Levinson’s brand of storytelling and sensationalism. If you are uncomfortable with sometimes excessive nudity, sexual situations, drug use, and certain actors being pushed beyond what might be your comfort zone, then “The Idol” may not be for you.

What I Hope To See

If “The Idol” gets a second season, it could be interesting to see what Jocelyn is like when she isn’t down, as we met her, but is on a high. Between three hit records and a major tour, we can see Jocelyn, a beloved superstar and the potential monster who loves and craves success and fame.

FAQs

Has “The Idol” Been Renewed For Another Season?

Currently (as of 7/10/2023), it hasn’t been renewed, but reports have noted that season 2 is possible.

Jocelyn (Lily Rose-Depp) looking over her shoulder
The Idol: Season 1 – Video Review and Summary
Overall
“The Idol” contains a lot of missed opportunities due to not fully utilizing and developing its supporting cast. However, there is potential here. All that is needed is for Levinson to tap into characters like Nikki, Destiny, and others, while downgrading Tesfaye, for “The Idol” to potentially flourish.
Lily-Rose Depp
87
Jane Adams As Nikki
84
Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Destiny
82
So Many Missed Opportunities To Explore Other Characters
67
Abel Tesfaye's Inconsistent Performance
65
The Music
73
Highlights
Lily-Rose Depp
Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Destiny
Jane Adams As Nikki
Disputable
So Many Missed Opportunities To Explore Other Characters
The Music
So Many Missed Opportunities To Explore Other Characters
76

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