The Idol

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We meet Jocelyn, a pop star whose mother has died a year earlier and who may or may not have had a psychological breakdown thereafter. She’s since taken eight months off and is ready to reintroduce herself with a single called “World-Class Sinner,” but she isn’t sure she likes it. (It sounds sort of like a Dua Lipa/Charli XCX castoff.) Jocelyn is a perfectionist, hard on herself, and desperate to succeed at any cost, and she also likes to masturbate while choking herself (something we see her do twice in the first two episodes alone). She meets Tedros Tedros (yes, that’s his full name), a club owner, manager, and possible cult leader of several fledgling artists, all of whom seem to be under his control financially and emotionally. — Rachel Handler, “All Your Burning Questions About The Idol’s Cannes Premiere, Answered

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  2. Episode 4 Stars Belong to the World
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  4. Episode 2 Double Fantasy
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  5. Episode 1 Pop Tarts & Rat Tales
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