I contribute weekly recaps of TV Land’s Younger for Entertainment Weekly’s The Community blog. Read an excerpt from my recap of this week’s new episode of Younger below!
When I gushed to a few friends about a new comedy called Younger on TV Land, I got the look. The one with the skeptical eyes that reads, “Are you serious?” After a much-deserved eye roll for them judging me before learning more about it, I explained that Younger is from Darren Star, the creator of Sex and the City. It’s about a 40-year-old divorced mother who pretends she’s 26 to get a job at a publishing house. Oh, and it also stars Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire!).
The thing about good show creators, like Darren Star, is that they will take their show anywhere. TV Land is a perfect place for an easy, fun, cross-generational comedy like Younger. While its themes suit the network and its style is reminiscent of past sitcoms, Younger does not feel like a rerun at all. It holds its own with a charming cast of characters, sophisticated and smart writing, and great style.
After leaving her gambling and cheating ex-husband, Liza (Sutton Foster) needs to find a job. Following a terribly awkward and judgmental job interview with two 20-somethings, Liza isn’t feeling all too confident. All the jobs she’s applied for are looking for 25-year-olds, not 40-year-old divorced mothers.
During a night out in Brooklyn with her best friend, Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza is approached by a hot hipster tattoo artist, Josh (Nico Tortorella). Liza is amused by him. He’s attentive, if a tad arrogant, and she is surprised that he thinks she’s only 26.
Liza laughs off the encounter with Maggie, which gives Maggie an idea! Maggie proposes that Liza pretend she’s 26 to get a job. At first it seems like a ridiculous idea, but before we know it, we’re treated to a makeover montage of Liza turning back the clock with makeup, highlights, and what looks like lots of Free People. By the end, I have to say that Sutton Foster has quite a timeless look about her; for really being 40, she pulls off 26 very well.
Younger airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on TV Land.