A 40-year-old pretending to be 26, while working at a big publishing company in New York City. No, this isn't some dramatic chick flick hitting a theatre near you, it’s the plot behind TV Land’s growing hit series “Younger.” A crash course in all things “millennial,” this show puts a new twist on the life of a 20-something fresh out of college and living in the city.
Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) is a recently separated mother who finds herself in need of a job. She has been out of the workforce for over a decade and put her career aside to raise her family. Miller realizes the harsh reality that the twenty-somethings in the work world think she is too old to be hired.
After a millennial makeover and a social media update, a 40-year-old mom from the suburbs becomes a trendy 20-something with a brand new job at a publishing company. With her daughter studying abroad, Liza is able to move in with her best friend, and transition into her new life seamlessly at first.
Her lie about her age brings her some great new friends, an amazing new boyfriend and a tangled web of lies that gets messier with each episode. A few twists, close calls and even a death keep you on edge at the end of every episode; leaving you wanting to know more as Liza’s new life unfolds before one’s eyes.
It seems in every episode her cover is almost blown and someone is just about to find out she is not who she says she is. Right when you think it’s all over, somehow Miller manages to keep her identity a secret and continue living her pretend life.
What many seem to find so great about this show is it lives out the fantasy many dream of, and it also begs the question of what would you do if you could relive your 20s? Who would you be?
An exciting part of the show revolves around one of the main characters named Kelsey (Hilary Duff). Kelsey is a successful 20-something who takes Miller under her wing, while also trying to navigate her own life. Seeing Duff on screen again for a TV series has been nothing short of amazing, it’s like seeing Lizzie McGuire all grown up. Choosing her for this role seems fitting, not only does the millennial generation relate to her character now, but it’s nostalgic seeing her in an adult role.
In Wednesday’s season three premiere, we are brought back into the life of Miller, where she finds herself in a situation where she has to choose between two love interests. The viewers are presented with a conflict wondering which one she’ll choose and if she’s making the right decision. A preview into the rest of the season shows more drama in the world of Millers’s love life, adding on layers of emotion and mystery. However, it’s what makes the show so great, there’s never a dull moment.
The first impressions of this season were not disappointing. In addition, each season the writers are keeping up to date with the current trends and even the ever changing “millennial lingo.” It’s almost comical to see our generation portrayed in such a raw yet entertaining way. It makes you appreciate how “Younger” shines light on how influential the millennial generation is, and how millennial knowledge really makes an impact in the work force.