Have you seen that new show on TVLand? It’s called Younger, and it stars Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Hilary Duff, and Miriam Shor. Sutton Foster (you might know her as Fiona from Shrek the Musical) plays Liza Miller, a 40-year-old divorcee, who is trying to get back into the publishing business after being a stay at home mom. She needs a job, but she can’t compete with all the younger girls straight out of college. Her best friend Maggie, played by the ever gorgeous Debi Mazar, suggests she try to pass as a 26-year-old, fresh off a service trip to India, to cover the gap in her resume. 26-year-old Liza lands an interview and a job with Diana Trout, played by Miriam Shor, the head of marketing at Empirical publishing house. On her first day, she meets an editor, Kelsey, played by Hilary Duff, and the two become fast friends, with Kelsey vowing to support Liza and help her out.
That’s the gist of the show. It asks a few heavy questions, like can you really go on pretending to be 26 indefinitely? What about pre-26 relationships? How do you explain you’re relationship with your best friend, who is now supposed to be fifteen years older than you? How do you explain your actually 20-something daughter to your new friends? What happens when you get a boyfriend who is literally half your age? The show is genuinely funny, but there is a heart to it, and I think that is what people are connecting to. It’s easy to see oneself in the characters. Things we have done, would never do, wish we hadn’t done.
I kid you not, this show has become a social thing for me and one of my friends. We text each other during commercials about what happened during the segment. We comment on how outrageous some things are, how we can see ourselves doing something from each character. We mostly comment on how it is that we relate more to a show about a 40-year-old women pretending to be our age, than to shows that are made by and geared toward people are age. It’s an interesting thing. She and I have decided it is because our priorities, our value systems, our motivations aren’t reflected in the 20s culture as it is currently represented by tv. We are old school. We know what we want and how to work to get it. We party, sure, but we get up in the morning and go to work. We have also given up on partying mid-week.
I did notice, during this last episode, that I have made a comment about Debi Mazar at least once per episode. Without fail. It is either about how great she looks, how I had no idea that she’s 50 years old, how timeless her style is, all positive things. Debi Mazar continues to be one of my major, all time girl crushes. Since Beethoven. I’m not even joking.
The only major bummer I have about this show is that it’s only 30 minutes long. Unlike most half hour shows, though, the pacing on this one is going swimmingly. Half hour shows are usually plagued with going too fast, trying to unravel the plot in 10 minutes, character development seems rushed, ugh. Not Younger. It feels even, unhurried. I like that about the show. Who am I kidding, I love pretty much everything about this show.