Damn Your Generation: A Younger Review (TV Land)

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Welcome back to the randomness! Today, dear friends, I am talking about the television show Younger on TV Land.

Now, when one think about the TV Land channel, what comes to mind? To me that is where television shows from Nick at Nite go to die. It also used to be the place where I would watch marathons of I Love Lucy and The Nanny. Lately, I have noticed a change.

Yeah, those old shows are still on there but something has different. I know they have original programing now but even the first TV Land originals are on their way out (RIP Hot in Cleveland). The channel is brighter somehow. The shows coming out are a bit…different. Yeah, Hot in Cleveland was edgy like Golden Girls was edgy…for its time. This brings me to Younger.

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A new offering from Darren Star (of Sex and the City fame) follows Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a 40-year-old divorced mom that cannot get back into the publishing industry at her age. Her best friend, Maggie (Debi Mazar) convinces her to lie about her age to get an assistant position and her foot back into the door. In the meantime, she meets, lies about her age and falls for 20 something Josh (Nico Tortorella). At work, she becomes close with an editor Kelsey (Hilary Duff), her boss Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) and her bosses boss Charles (Peter Hermann).  It is up to Liza to hide her true age, learn some new tricks and recreate her twenties. What could go wrong?

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Yes, the show sounds ridiculous. How can a forty-year-old pass for someone in his or her twenties? Why doesn’t anyone notice? Magic. It is all television magic. Also, the show would not be any fun if people figured it out easily.  Other than that, the show has a lot to offer.

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It shows two sides of what it is like to break into or back into an industry. I can understand the younger side the show presents (this title is quite versatile). It is very tough to start a career in an over saturated job market. The people from the big universities tend to be liked more than the people who worked their butts off in a small private college that is not really known outside the tristate area (cough…totally hypothetical of course). It is just a tougher world out there, than when my mom was in her twenties. I can completely relate to what the younger character go through on the show.

Then you have the Liza side. The more mature side. It has to be scary trying to come back to a job market that values youth over experience sometimes. While the premise may seem ridiculous, I can understand why someone who stoop to that level to get a job.  Younger provides a relatable excuse for its main character to do what she does. It also brings not only a younger generation to the show but older generations as well. Hitting all of the 18-49 market there.

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Younger is fun. It shows that regardless of your age you can relate to so many different situations and characters.  I found myself completely relating to Liza and Kelsey. Two very different characters with different problems but I understood them both very well. It might be because the writing and acting works so well together.

Younger is a witty show that understands that different generations are in the workplace now.  It takes different generations and shows how each reacts to the same situation. You understand these characters and you are with them as they go through their daily lives.

Liza also has a young boyfriend and a boss that is interested in her on the show. Josh is smart and funny but very young while Charles is closer to her age, can keep up intellectually with Liza and adorable in his own way. Josh is her focus right now but I sense Charles is going to make some headway next season (I like her with both Josh and Charles. So…no side picked yet).

Younger is back this January with season two but in the meantime, you can catch up on Hulu and on the main Younger website. One thing the show is good at is using social media to connect with fans. The Younger  Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and GoodReads are great. I suggest you check them out during the hiatus.

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(Duh Josh. We are having a Younger marathon!)

Just ending this review with a picture of Josh. Just in case, my review did not make Younger look interesting.

Do you watch Younger? Do you like it? Leave me a comment below telling me what you think! In the meantime, the randomness has ended. Enjoy.

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