Should You Be Watching TVLand’s Younger? Hashtag YEAH

Younger (Photo: TV Land)
Younger (Photo: TV Land)

Sutton Foster tackles ageism in the workforce in TVLand’s delightful light comedy Younger.

Show

Younger, which premieres tonight on TV Land with back-to-back episodes starting at 10pm. The pilot has been available on the show’s website and on Amazon Prime.

Premise

40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster), recently divorced and looking to get back into the work force after a 15-year hiatus, struggles to reenter the publishing world because of her age. After getting picked up by a 26-year-old who thinks she’s around his age, Liza’s friend Maggie (Debi Mazar) tells her to go all-in on the charade. The ruse works, Liza gets a job working for an over-bearing publisher (Miriam Shor), and befriends her unsuspecting 20-something co-worker Kelsey (Hillary Duff).

Lineage

Younger is created by Darren Star, of Beverly Hills 90210Melrose Place, and Sex and the City fame. The show is based on the book of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran.

Who is Younger For?

This show is not part of TV Land’s multicamera stable of comedies: it is much closer to SATC than it is to, say, Hot in Cleveland. The cast and general premise suggests TV Land knows their demographic well, and the show hits the bull’s eye.

What Works

Has Sutton Foster ever gotten a bad review? Because once again1 she is instantly engaging. In fact, the entire cast is spot-on, which is helpful in getting past the somewhat goofy premise. Miriam Shor’s Diana does come across a little too cartoonish in the pilot, but that appears to be a byproduct of how the character is written rather than portrayed. Also, it is refreshing to see TV Land embarking on a project with mature content. The network is taking full advantage of being a 10pm basic cable show without getting too crass or vaudeville.

What Doesn’t Work

Liza has a daughter who is studying abroad in Mumbai. Although the reason Liza has been out of the workforce for so long was so that she could be a stay-at-home mom, would it have really been so far-fetched for her ex to get the kid after the split and not be an issue? The daughter is not in on what her mother is doing, so there is the potential of interesting complications down the road, but the lead up to that payoff is likely to be tedious.

Verdict

Good job, TVLand. Within the first three minutes of the pilot Younger joined my season pass list. This series has a lot of potential and anything that will keep Sutton Foster on our screens is a good thing.

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