It’s amazing the things you’ll do to live your dream. — Kelsey
TV Network: Netflix | TV Land
Premiere Date: Season 4 June 28th, 10pm
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Length: 22 minutes per episode
Episodes: 48 (total, 12 per season)
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 99% Audience Score 88%
Younger is an American rom-com TV show airing on TV Land. The show has completed its 3rd season and will air season 4 this summer on June 28th at 10pm on TV Land. Each season consists of twelve 22 minute episodes. Younger is created by Darren Star, who also created Sexy and the City.
The industry is currently lacking a TV drama that encompasses modern versions of 90210, Melrose Place & Sex and the City all in one for the millennial viewers. With the new addition of Younger added to the world of TV shows, this has certainly changed the playing field. The dialogue is very bold and daring, covering many scenarios of career, relationships and romance.
From TV Land:
Follow 40-year-old Liza (Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find out it’s nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a 20-something guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 — with the help of a makeover, courtesy of her best friend Maggie (Mazar). Armed with new confidence, she lands a job as an assistant to the temperamental Diana (Shor) and teams up with her new co-worker and fellow 20-something Kelsey (Duff) to make it in the career of her dreams.
Liza, a forty something, finds herself filing for divorce and now becoming a single parent. Embarking on a fresh start, she travels to New York and temporarily moves in with her friend Maggie in Brooklyn. Trying to reboot her publishing career, that was set aside to raise a family, she finds herself completely out of loop as the industry has changed immensely and 20-something editors pass on her on account of her age. It wasn’t until one day a trendy and attractive young man mistakes Liza for being in her 20s and the rest was history.
Maggie conjures up the perfect ruse for Liza to masquerade herself as recently graduated millennial to secure an assistant position at a prestigious publishing firm. Maggie seems to think no one would question her as today’s generations have become a bit naive: “They believe ‘The Real Housewives’ are real, they think that coconut water is going to shrink their ass, they’ll believe you’re 26”. Nothing a makeover, new wardrobe and a fake ID can’t fix. Is this the only way to combat the Ageism in the workplace?
The show goes on the many journeys of Liza and where her new identity takes her. There are many plots and twists that stems from this one very major lie. The storyline captures the millennials audience, by providing a glimpse into what the perception is of living and working in NYC.Younger depicts everyday issues that we all experience; strict bosses, dating, socializing. This is a big hook oh how Younger connects with millennials.
Growing up in the age of Nintendo and AOL Instant Messenger, it’s definitely fun to see the difficulty of adjusting to the new modern tech world. There are many nuances to Liza’s physical and digital transformation into a 26 year old; upgrading from AOL email to Gmail, experiencing a bikini wax for the first time or learning the new lingo.
One must know that if you lie, the truth will eventually come out… right? There are many close calls and it’s interesting how the writer finds ways to get around it or incorporates it into the storyline.
How long will Liza be able to keep up this ruse? Once it’s all out in the open will the show be able to exist with this lie out in the open? Younger will be contending with that question throughout every season. But until then, enjoy the ride!
ATR REVIEW: 5/5
I really like how the story is written. I started by binge watching on Demand for season 1, 2 and the first few episodes of 3 as it was airing at that time. Once I caught up I ended up watching live as the episodes aired on TV. The episodes are short so it was very easy to get caught up and let the time pass.
I was hooked on the first episode. It didn’t hurt that I love Hillary Duff and since she was a lead character I was intrigued to watch even more.
For me the show didn’t disappoint, it has the career struggles, the relationship dynamics and the friendship aspects. It’s funny all of the pieces you have to think about to lie about your age but in the reverse way, going from old to young.
I connected to the show as I am a twenty-something millennial trying to create and grow my professional career in the corporate world. I related more to Kelsey’s character (Duff). She is intelligent, fashion forward and a woman making a name for herself. She goes through many stages where she is learning to be more confident in her personal and professional life. It’s an empowering story.
Many times I would think “I wish I could have that life”. Even though I know it’s not real life and life is a lot different, but that is why I kept watching. The show is mixed of real life situations with fantasy life dreams. The group can’t afford rent in NYC but yet they are wearing the latest fashion trends. They have no money but celebrate and go out on the reg.
There are many dynamics and relationships to maintain, and a lot of mistakes. And that is what real life is, the story might be written but these instances seem pretty real in a different way.
I am eager to see what’s next for Liza in season 4.
**all images are from Younger on TV Land
Have you watched Younger yet? What do you think of the first 3 seasons? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!