Are you looking for something to binge on this weekend? I might have found you the perfect little, not so little, show called Younger. Honestly, I do not know why I have never even heard of this show until last week, but it is definitely one show you do not want to miss, especially if you love the world of publishing and/or are an ambitious woman out on her way to take over the world.
Younger – Synopsis by Cafebiblioart
Younger is a show about a 40 years old mum- Liza, played by the amazing Sutton Foster, who stopped working to take care of her daughter. Now that she is finally getting a divorce, it is time for her to look for another job in order to support herself and her child through college, after her soon to be ex husband lost all of their money. Sadly, it is not easy to get back into the workforce after such a long absence, especially when her previous field – publishing – is dominated by 26 years olds. After one night out, when a hot young guy in a bar thought that Liza is in her twenties, her gay best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar) manages to convince Liza to pass off as a 26 years old in order to get a job. However, it is not all that easy, especially when a lie is involved and many unforeseen liaisons are formed.
If my poorly written synopsis did not convince you, maybe my thoughts on the show will. The reason why I like this show so much is because of the many strong women whom we get to learn more about though their many adventures inside and outside of their work field.
First of all there is Diana (Miriam Shor), a forty something year old who holds a leadership position within the Publishing House – Empirical. Some might consider her to be mean, but to me she is just someone who worked hard to get where she is and refuses to be taken down by someone younger than her or replaced by a man. Maybe she just needs to learn that not everyone wants to get rid of her and that there are some people willing to work alongside her for a change. Compared to Lauren Weisberger’s character in The Devil Wears Prada she is just a grumpy, fluffy kitten.
Then we have Maggie, who despite the fact that she is a cool artist and open to pretty much everything, still has to face the reality – Internet kids are slowly taking over, the world is changing and art has a different meaning in a social media driven world. To me, Maggie, is the fairy godmother as she is definitely the best friend a girl could ever have. She pushes Liza to enjoy her life, step out of her comfort zone and take control of her life once again. Having a kid and being divorced does not mean that one has to stop living.
Of course, we have Liza who is the main character. Liza is a suburbs mum who sacrificed everything to taker care of her lovely daughter, nothing wrong with that, I am sure many women out there would do the same for their children. However, it seems that somewhere along the way Liza forgot about herself and her own dreams and aspirations. The one thing I did not particularly liked is the fact that Liza become dependent on her husband. For me that is a big no, no matter if it is the ideal relationship and might turned out to be a true happily ever after. I still believe that each woman should have something to fall on if things do not turn out as expected. This is one of the reasons I admire those who, even though are stay at home mums or wives, are trying blogging, learning how to code or simply working on some projects. However, everything changes for Liza and we see her get up and start over and for that this show is a must watch. It is truly empowering to see that the end does not have to be an end and in fact it is a new beginning.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have Kelsey (Hillary Duff), a young woman who managed to reach an important position within her firm and whom is dating a fiancier. It is obvious that it is not easier for her than it is for Diana or Maggie. There are many people out there who want to take advantage of her because of her age and beauty. In addition, she has her own issues and her relationships show us that she has a bit more growing to do. In my opinion, she is that one friend many of us have that seems afraid to lose her good for nothing, conceited boyfriend and let themselves be defined by them so that they do not end up alone, but still have a part inside of them that wants to fight back.
Last, but not least there is Lauren, Kelsey’s friend. Lauren is unlike anyone I have ever met in real life. She is self concerned and truly a free spirit. I doubt that there is anything that she would not try at least once. Despite the fact that I would not want to live her life and that she subjects herself to many potential dangers, she does make the most of her time, in her own way. Lauren is one character that lacks inhibitions, simply goes with the flow and does not really care about human conventions.
Overall, I truly recommend you give this show a try. It is fascinating watching so many women making the most of their lives in their own specific ways and there will always be someone you can identify with. This is a comedy that highlight the fact that age is simply a number and that life does not stop after reaching a certain point on your journey. Younger is a show about growing up, moving on and starting over that each woman, regardless of age, should try watching. It is a show that puts you in a good mood and relaxes you without taking too much of your time.
***There are already 2 seasons out, each with 12 episodes and the show will return for a third season.
Younger – the book
If the show is not for you then maybe you would like to try the book written by Pamela Redmond Satran on which the show is based on. Personally I have no read it so I cannot express my opinion on it, but reviews are available on GoodReads.