In the deep rabbit hole of binge-watching Lost, I was needing a quick and funny show to watch for when Lost became too much. Thus, I stumbled upon Younger, TVLand’s take on what it means to be a 20-something find themselves in the world of being an adult.
The show starts by showing viewers Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a 40 year old, attempting to go back to work because her cheating, soon to be ex-husband gambled away their money. Finding the search to be depressing and unsuccessful, she goes to a bar with her lesbian friend Maggie (Debi Mazar) where she meets the hot tattoo artist, Josh, a 20-something who mistakes her for her age. Maggie pitches the idea for Liza to pass herself off as a 26-year-old in order to find work in the publishing world. Post-makeover Liza lands herself a job as an assistant to a hard-ass boss, Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) at Empirical Publishing and in the process finds herself a new friend in Kelsey Peters (Hillary Duff) who wants to show her the ropes of making it in the business.
Younger was unquestionably right up my alley as it’s a comedy, has a great romance plot line or two and [third reason]. This show was easy to watch as each episode moves quickly with countless one-liners and witty banter. It’s easy to see why the show gets renewed for a new season every year.
Darren Star, the show’s creator does a good job depicting the differences between the older generation and millennials, especially through Diana Trout’s interactions with Liza. While the differences may not always paint us in a good light, it’s real and honest without making an entire generation feel useless and bad about themselves. Rather than making them entirely negative, the show highlights what millennials do well with the creation of an imprint under Empirical which is run by Kelsey.
Another thing the show does well is highlight that success comes in different forms for different people. Josh is a tattoo artist who runs his own parlor and is highlighted in the New York Times. Lauren manages the social media for a fashion company and Maggie is an artist. There are some characters with the traditional jobs but they’re no more successful than those with the nontraditional jobs. This is yet another defining characteristic of the younger generation.
Finally, Younger has a solid set of romance plot lines for every type of viewer to enjoy. There’s the will they, won’t they romance between Liza and her boss Charles, the romance from the beginning of Josh and Liza, Maggie’s ever changing women and Kelsey’s sort of stable relationship with Thad. Whether you’re looking for a defined relationship or the non-committal hookups, there is something for everyone in terms of romance in this show.
What I hope the show continues to do in the fifth season and beyond is to tackle the main point of the show, which is that it’s hard to take time to be a mom and then rejoin the workforce. Nowadays, you cannot take time to raise your kids and then start where you left your job. Younger shows that the world takes a preference to younger employees. I also hope the show continues to tackle hard topics which it addressed in the first episode of the fifth season by talking about the MeToo movement.
Star’s show has come into it’s own over the last four seasons, so it’s no wonder that the show has developed a solid fan following.