TV Review: “Ginny & Georgia”

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On February 24th, Netflix came out with a new television series, Ginny & Georgia. Currently taking the number one spot for “Top 10 in the U.S. Today,” on Netflix, Ginny & Georgia has managed to go viral and become everyone’s go-to movie to watch.

 

Starring Antonia Gentry, who plays Ginny, and Brianne Howey, who plays Georgia, Ginny & Georgia focuses on the life of a mother with a troubled past and her two kids after they move into a small suburban community in Massachusetts. The most accurate way to describe the relationship between Ginny and Georgia is by comparing it to the Gilmore Girls’ “mother-and-daughter-acting-more-like-sisters” relationship. It would also be fair to compare Ginny & Georgia to the Gilmore Girls since they both have that double-G of the title and they both take place in a quirky town. Basically, Ginny & Georgia is like the Gilmore Girls, but a little bit more coming of age.

 

Of course, there are a number of tropes that set Ginny & Georgia apart from the Gilmore Girls. For one, as the show dives more into Georgia’s past, we learn that she is and has been involved in illegal activity more than once. The audience watches as Georgia tries to cover up her track and the series becomes more of a crime drama. Another instance is when we see Ginny begin to settle into her new life in Massachusetts. The show shifts into a lighthearted teen drama but quickly becomes more dark and serious when topics such as self-harm, body dysmorphia, and mental health are introduced throughout the episodes. Ultimately, aside from having a similar character dynamic as the Gilmore Girls, Ginny & Georgia could also be considered a mix between the Desperate Housewives, How to Get Away With Murder, and Euphoria. 

 

Personally, one thing I enjoyed when I watched the series was how relatable some of the characters’ lives and struggles are to the average teen…for the most part. I will admit, there were a few scenes in the show where I got second-hand embarrassment when I was watching a character. (To be more specific, the part where Hunter, Ginny’s boyfriend, tap-danced in front of the whole school for Ginny’s birthday was extremely hard to watch.) However, other characters like Maxine and Abigail, Ginny’s friends, had storylines that most teens could relate to ー Maxine was coming to terms with her sexuality while Abigail struggled with the way she viewed her body. 

 

“Although I initially enjoyed the show due to its mysterious and dramatic start,” explains Hayden MacDonald (12), “I soon lost interest due to the lackluster characters, cringy events, and questionable topics of race. Overall, I believe the show had an interesting and creative plotline, but it failed in its execution.” Likewise, I personally feel Ginny & Georgia is a decent enough television show to binge-watch, even if it can be a little bit extra sometimes.