Younger (TV series)

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Younger, written as cursive in a black ink style on a white background
Created by Darren Star
Based on Younger
by Pamela Redmond Satran
Composer(s) Chris Alan Lee
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 57 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Darren Star
  • Larry W. Jones
  • Keith Cox
  • Tony Hernandez
Production location(s) New York City, New York
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 20–25 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Darren Star Productions
  • Jax Media
  • TV Land Original Productions
Original network TV Land
Original release March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31) – present
External links

Younger is an American comedy-drama television series created and produced by Darren Star, based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran. The single-camera series stars Sutton Foster as the lead character, with Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Molly Bernard and Peter Hermann co-starring in other main roles.[1] The series premiered on March 31, 2015, on TV Land and received generally positive reviews from critics.[2][3] It was renewed for a 12-episode second season in April 2015, and before the premiere of the second season on January 13, 2016, it was renewed for a third season, which began airing on September 28, 2016.[4] On June 14, 2016, the show was renewed for a fourth season,[5] which premiered on June 28, 2017.[6] On April 20, 2017, the show was renewed for a fifth season ahead of its fourth season premiere.[7] The fifth season premiered on June 5, 2018.[8] On June 4, 2018, the show was renewed for a sixth season.[9]


Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) is a recently divorced 40-year-old mother. As her teenage daughter, Caitlin (Tessa Albertson), studies abroad in India, Liza has to figure out a way to support herself and her daughter since her ex-husband's gambling addiction has left them in a financial hole, losing all their savings and their house. Following her ambitions from college, Liza attempts to get a job in publishing, but has to start at the bottom, which proves difficult for a woman of her age. During her hunt, she meets Josh (Nico Tortorella), a 26-year-old tattoo artist who thinks that they are about the same age. Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza's best friend, comes up with the idea of giving Liza a makeover in order to pass her off as a 26-year-old. Ultimately, she becomes an assistant to Diana Trout (Miriam Shor), at the publishing firm Empirical Press, where she befriends Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff), her 20-something co-worker.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)June 9, 2015 (2015-06-09)
212January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13)March 23, 2016 (2016-03-23)
312September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28)December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14)
412June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13)
512June 5, 2018 (2018-06-05)August 28, 2018 (2018-08-28)[10]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Sutton Foster as Leslie "Liza" Miller: A shy, eager-to-please 40-year-old divorced mother and the show's protagonist.[11] Liza was married to David Miller, who cheated on her with a younger woman; the marriage's result is their only daughter Caitlin. In the first season, Liza encounters Josh in a pub and she gets surprised when Josh doesn't realize that she is older than she looks; that way, Liza passes off as a 26-year-old along with a makeover done by Maggie. Armed with confidence, Liza lands a job as an assistant to Diana Trout at Empirical Press. Liza quickly befriends co-worker Kelsey Peters, despite lying to everyone about her actual age.
  • Debi Mazar as Maggie Amato: Liza's old-fashioned, artsy, sharp-tongued lesbian best friend and roommate.[12]
  • Miriam Shor as Diana Trout: Liza's temperamental boss, who works as head of marketing at Empirical Press.[13]
  • Nico Tortorella as Josh: An intense, blowzy and friendly tattoo artist who owns his studio.[14]
  • Hilary Duff as Kelsey Peters: A beautiful, sophisticated, confident and ambitious 26-year-old book editor at Empirical Press who befriends Liza after they start working together.[15]
  • Molly Bernard as Lauren Heller: A fierce, snooty and funny 20-something completely immersed in social media-related stuff. Bernard was promoted to series regular in the second season.[16]
  • Peter Hermann as Charles Brooks: The eager-to-help, good-looking head of the company at Empirical Press. Hermann was promoted to series regular in the second season.[17]
  • Charles Michael Davis as Zane Anders (season 5; recurring season 4):[18] An editor from Lachlan Flynn's publisher who starts a race with Kelsey to discover who's best.[19] They soon begin dating; after, Zane is hired by Charles to work at Empirical Press, side by side with Kelsey.


  • Dan Amboyer as Thad and Chad Weber: Twin brothers with estranged behavior. Thad was Kelsey's boyfriend, until his death.[20] Afterwards, Chad appeared and began to pursue Kelsey.
  • Tessa Albertson as Caitlin Miller: Liza's funny and cold-living daughter.[21]
  • Thorbjørn Harr as Anton Björnberg: A Swedish writer who got his book signed at Empirical Press. He and Kelsey were having an affair while Kelsey was working on his book.[22]
  • Paul Fitzgerald as David Taylor: Liza's ex-husband and Caitlin's father.[23]
  • Jon Gabrus as Gabe: One of Josh's nerdy friends.
  • Kathy Najimy as Denise Heller: Lauren's mother.
  • Michael Urie as Redmond: A flamboyant author manager and social media icon.[24]
  • Noah Robbins as Bryce Reiger: A 20-something tech billionaire who is interested in investing in Empirical.[25]
  • Ben Rappaport as Max Horowitz: Lauren's ex-boyfriend.[26]
  • Jay Wilkison as Colin McNichol: A writer that infatuates Kelsey.[27]
  • Mather Zickel as Dr. Richard Caldwell: A doctor who starts a relationship with Diana.[27]
  • Meredith Hagner as Montana Goldberg / Amy: A barista friend of Maggie. She starts working as Maggie's assistant and hooking up with Josh, but he soon discovers that she was copying Maggie's arts.[19]
  • Aasif Mandvi as Jay Malick: A man who discovers Liza's secret and befriends her.[28]
  • Burke Moses as Lachlan Flynn: A spy novelist who becomes the motive of Zane and Kelsey's quarrel.[19]
  • Jennifer Westfeldt as Pauline Turner-Brooks: Charles' ex-wife, with whom he has two daughters, and who naively believes that they can get back together.[29]
  • Phoebe Dynevor as Clare: An Irish citizen who begins dating Josh after Liza's recommendation. She and Josh then plan a green card marriage in Ireland.[30]


  • Martha Plimpton as Cheryl Sussman: A wicked woman who learns of Liza's secret and threatens to expose her.[31]
  • Richard Masur as Edward L.L. Moore: The writer of Crown of Kings, one of Empirical Press' biggest-selling novel series, which is a homage to George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. The character himself is a homage to Martin, having similarity to Martin's physical traits.[20]
  • Camryn Manheim as Dr. Jane Wray: A famous therapist who records a podcast which inspires a book called The Deciding Decade.[32]
  • Lois Smith as Belinda Lacroix: A romance novelist, one of Empirical Press' oldest members. After decades of successful works, she dies during a launch with Liza.[33]


Development and casting[edit]

The series is based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name. In October 2013, TV Land ordered the pilot from creator and executive producer Darren Star.[34] Patricia Field, who worked with Star on Sex and the City, is a costume consultant on the production.[35] The pilot was picked up to series in April 2014 with a 12-episode order.[1] On April 21, 2015, Younger was renewed for a second season of 12 episodes, which premiered January 13, 2016. After a recurring role in the first season, Molly Bernard was added to the main cast.[36][17]

On March 14, 2018, it was announced that Christian Borle will appear in the fifth season in a guest starring role playing the journalist Don Ridley in two episodes.[37] On May 4, 2018, it was confirmed that Laura Benanti will appear in two episodes playing a self-made billionaire named Quinn.[38]


In June 2018, the series will show a first look at the second episode of the fifth season, as well as a panel discussion with creator and executive producer Darren Star and cast members during the opening night screening at the annual ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas.[39]

Lately, the book "Marriage vacation" mentioned in TV series, was launched in real life, published by Simon & Schuster. In the series, the author of the book is Pauline Turner Brooks (Jennifer Westfeldt).[40][41][42]


Critical response[edit]

Younger has received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season an approval rating of 97% based on 35 reviews, and an average rating of 7.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Darren Star's witty writing and Sutton Foster's charisma help elevate Younger above some of TV Land's previous sitcoms."[43] Metacritic gives the first season a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[44]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has an approval rating of 100% based on 7 reviews, and an average rating of 7.1/10.[45] Metacritic gave the season a score of 74 out of 100, based on reviews from 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[46]

Brian Lowry of Variety gave the series a mostly positive review, describing it as "not perfect but highly watchable" and pointing out that "inevitably, there are stereotypical aspects on both sides of the age gap — from the flakiness of Kelsey's contemporaries to Diana too often coming across as a bitter scold — but the series seldom pitches so far across those lines as to be unable to find its way back."[47]

On the New York magazine website, Margaret Lyons also gave a mostly positive review, describing "a sweetness to the series, an almost admiration for the various crummy behaviors [of the characters]." She went on to say that she wished the show "had a longer first season not just because I liked it, but more because it's featherweight, and as its current run stands, might have been better off as a feature-length rom-com."[48] Megan Garber reviewed the show for The Atlantic saying, "Younger, a fairy tale fit for basic cable, is a treacly confection of a show: witty but not wise, delightful but not deep. And yet—like its creator Darren Star’s previous exploration of age and sexuality and identity in a tumultuous time, Sex and the City—it offers, almost in spite of itself, deep insights into the culture of the moment."[49]

Tom Conroy of Media Life Magazine criticized the show mainly for portraying Sutton Foster's character Liza with "early-middle-age cluelessness", featuring "particularly silly" publishing-industry details and presenting "a relationship between an educated 40-year-old mother and a 26-year-old college dropout" that, in his belief, "has nowhere to go."[50]

Darcie Wilder of Vice wrote in her review: "Younger is unexpectedly addictive, nothing short of extremely soothing and pleasurable to watch. It's a bedtime story that's supposed to lull but is too engaging to ever actually let you doze off. Usually when I binge, there's a hard out when I finally get caught up to real time, entering the headspace of its regular audience and eventually losing interest—but that hasn't happened with Younger, not yet."[51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2015 MTV Fandom Award Best New Fandom Younger Nominated [52]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show Nominated [53][54]
Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Comedy Series Sutton Foster Nominated [55]
Adweek Hot List Television Awards Best New Comedy Series Younger Won [56]
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actress Hilary Duff Nominated [57]
Women's Image Network Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Sutton Foster Nominated [58]
Best Writing in a Comedy Series Alison Brown Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Musical Supervision- Television Robin Urdang Nominated [59]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Comedy Younger Nominated [60]
Favorite Cable TV Actress Hilary Duff Nominated
Women's Image Network Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Sutton Foster Nominated [61][62]
Best Comedy Series Younger Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actress Hilary Duff Nominated [63][64]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Sutton Foster Nominated [65][66]


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