It’s often the sign of a good TV show that it knows when to end. Better to go out with a bang than a splutter. Such is the case for French dramedy series, Call My Agent!, whose fourth and final season will arrive on Netflix in January, some months after it aired to widespread acclaim in its native France.
If you are looking for a new series to binge-watch, and were put off by the stereotypes bandied about in Netflix’s other series set in a French office, Emily in Paris, then this is for you.
A hit since it first aired in 2015, the wry comedy series is based on the memoirs of Dominique Besnehard, a talent agent who handled the likes of Jeanne Moreau, and is scripted by Fanny Herrero, whose influences include The West Wing, Six Feet Under and Friday Night Lights.
The show follows a power struggle between four agents as they attempt to hold together the agency they work for – Agence Samuel Kerr (ASK) – following the shock death of their boss in Brazil in the first episode (he dies after swallowing a wasp).
SIGOURNEY WEAVER IN CALL MY AGENT!
The foursome is made up of old-school schmoozer Arlette (Liliane Rovère), sweetheart Gabriel (Grégory Montel), go-getter Andréa (Camille Cottin) and charming womaniser Mathias (Thibault de Montalembert), whose secret daughter turns up in episode one.
Cue melodramatic agents, competitive starlets, flustered assistants, a literal lap dog, an actor who can’t stop method acting, actors who need dates, actors who don’t know how to act.
The show itself has become a magnet for stars – who all want to have cameos in it as parody versions of themselves – much like Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Episodes before it. Previous guests include Monica Belluci, who fails to score during a night on the town; Isabelle Huppert as a workaholic who breaks her exclusivity clause to shoot two movies at the same time, and 65-year-old Isabelle Adjani claiming she’s 28 to impress a younger director.
CAMILLE COTTIN WITH GREGORY MONTEL AND ASSAAD BOUAB IN CALL MY AGENT!
As for the stars of the show itself, a standout is Camille Cottin, who plays the ambitious Andréa. As well as forging a name for herself on the comedy sketch scene, she’s also the lead in the French adaptation of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, dubbed Mouche.