There’s no doubt about it: Darren Star knows his way around a hit TV dramedy that’s somehow both timely, timeless, and also a little bit magical. In 2020, Emily in Paris is definitely proof of that. But Star’s show-shaping powers have been in full force since the 1990s.
The award-winning creator continues telling tories that endlessly explore love, longing, and dishing about everything over fashionable lunches with friends. What more could a gal want? The answer, of course, is more, more, more!
Thanks to his latest binge-worthy creation that is Emily in Paris, audiences have definitely been getting the Darren Star magic they’ve been looking for in season 1. And I think it’s finally safe to say that Star can officially be crowned the king of his craft. Or at least, I’d like to think so. After all, modern day love stories unfolding in famous cities is certainly a defining and effective formula for the showrunner.
Some of Darren Star’s earlier works were not only hugely popular back in their day, but were (and still are) downright iconic TV shows we’d highly recommend. But if you’re still unfamiliar with his newest drama-comedy, let’s start with Emily in Paris. Then we’ll go for a change of scenery.
Netflix describes the plot as:
"After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance."
On more than one occasion, Star has discussed the importance of “real” experiences and characters in his work. He also knows a thing about what it takes to make a show like this one last.
What shows has Darren Star created?
According toVulture, Darren claims that his first hit, Beverly Hills 90210, was so successful primarily because the audience “cared” about the characters. He explained, “That’s why the show lasted for 300 episodes.” Flash forward to now, and Star is clearly onto something, if that wasn’t already clear by his previous mega hits.
Following his breakout hit, the iconic series creator went on to dream up a number of other wildly popular shows, becoming known amongst audiences and critics for creating one awesome TV series after the other.
After 90210, he unveiled the 1992 soap opera Melrose Place, which lasted seven seasons. After that, he forever blessed our binge sessions with HBO’s Sex and the City, which ended its series run with the episode “An American Girl in Paris.” Clearly, Star was inspired to return to the city of love with Emily in Paris.
But before he did that, Star went on to debut Younger in 2015. Based on the 2005 novel of the same name, IMDb describes the plot for the show as follows:
"After being mistaken for younger than she really is, a single mother decides to take the chance to reboot her career and her love life as a 26-year old."
Not surprisingly, Star is often asked about his choice to write about women, and he’s never shied away from he question or his consistent answer. He told the New York Times, “I like to say, I think of women as people, not as women,” adding that it’s the only right way to do a romantic comedy.
Audiences have been agreeing for decades for that very reason. No matter where you start with Darren Star’s shapely, sincere, and often scintillating body of work, it’s hard to go wrong!