Younger (TV series)

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Younger
Younger, written as cursive in a black ink style on a white background
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Darren Star
Based on Younger
by Pamela Redmond Satran
Starring
Composer(s) Chris Alan Lee
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 36 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Darren Star
  • Larry W. Jones
  • Keith Cox
  • Tony Hernandez
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 20–22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Darren Star Productions
  • Jax Media
  • TV Land Original Productions
Release
Original network TV Land
Original release March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31) – present
External links
Website www.tvland.com/shows/younger

Younger is an American single-camera comedy-drama television series based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name, created and produced by Darren Star. The 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, but 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 is scheduled to air on June 28, 2017.[6] On April 20, 2017, the show was renewed for a fifth season ahead of its fourth season premiere.[7]

Premise[edit]

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 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 12 March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31) June 9, 2015 (2015-06-09)
2 12 January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13) March 23, 2016 (2016-03-23)
3 12 September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28) December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14)
4 12 June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)[14] TBA

Production[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.[15] Patricia Field, who worked with Star on Sex and the City, is a costume consultant on the production.[16] 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.[17][18]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Younger has received acclaim from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season a rating of 97% based on reviews from 34 critics and an average rating of 7.6 out of 10. The site's critical consensus states: "Darren Star's witty writing and Sutton Foster's charisma help elevate Younger above some of TV Land's previous sitcoms."[19] Metacritic gives the first season a score of 75% based on reviews from 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20] Metacritic gave season 2 a score of 75%, based on reviews from 4 critics.[21]

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."[22]

On the New York magazine website Vulture.com, 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."[23] 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."[24]

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."[25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2015 MTV Fandom Award[26] Best New Fandom Younger Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[27][28][29][30] Choice Breakout TV Show Nominated
Online Film & Television Association[31] Best Actress in a Comedy Series Sutton Foster Nominated
Adweek Hot List Television Awards[32] Best New Comedy Series Younger Won
2016 People's Choice Awards[33] Favorite Cable TV Actress Hilary Duff Nominated
Women's Image Network Award[34] Best Actress in a Comedy Series Sutton Foster Nominated
Best Writing in a Comedy Series Alison Brown Nominated
MTV Fandom Award Fandom of the Year Younger Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Musical Supervision- Television Robin Urdang Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Comedy Younger Nominated
Favorite Cable TV Actress Hilary Duff Nominated
Women's Image Network Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Sutton Foster Nominated
Best Comedy Series Younger Nominated

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Holloway, Daniel (January 6, 2016). "‘Younger’ Renewed for Season 3 by TV Land". TheWrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
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  10. ^ "Miriam Shor Joins 'Younger'; Austin Stowell Boards 'Public Morals'". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. January 27, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
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  23. ^ Lyons, Margaret (March 31, 2015). "Weird Loners, Younger, and Shows That Like (or Hate) Their Own Characters". Vulture.com. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ Garber, Megan (January 27, 2016). "Younger and the Age of Agelessness". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
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  34. ^ "The Women's Image Awards". thewinawards.com. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 

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