Younger is the feel-good workplace-rom-com you didn’t know you needed
Ever watched a show that’s got real-world problems and it just makes everything seem so easy to fix? And that you could easily apply what you’re seeing onscreen to your own life to get a little bit ahead?
Yip, we’re talking about 40-something Liza (Sutton Foster) who’s fudged her age a smidge (okay… a decade-and-a-bit) to get a new job, a new life and a hot new lover or two in comedy series Younger. The complete Seasons 1-7 are ready to be binge-watched on Showmax.
On the outside, it’s a fun comedy. Seen one, seen another… right? Not so fast there, buckaroo.
“It feels like we’re this incredible team of women who’re definitely in charge,” says lead star Sutton, who is 44, playing 42-year-old, pretending to be 26-year-old, Liza.
“Liza is positive at work. She’s a hopeful optimist. She feels like she’s made it because she’s got an office with a door.” Inspiring! But just remember, boys and girls: lying is bad… especially on your CV.
Here are five reasons we love Younger… and you’ll love it too
1 Liza and Charles’s chemistry
From Seasons 1 to 5, Liza’s had a lot of fun in the romance department. Whether it’s a fling with the tattooed hottie from the bar or hooking up with her dapper suit-wearing boss, she’s found love in one way or another that she craved in her marriage.
But while it was empowering to see her being the cougar in her on-off relationship with Josh (Nico Tortorella) and taking what she wanted, Liza’s sweet butterfly-in-the-tummy love for her boss at Empirical Press Charles Brooks (Peter Hermann) is better.
And sure, they’re the same age so it’s more appropriate, but they still get to act like love-sick teens in their first relationship. The two actors even have that sparkle when they’re off-camera!
2 Kelsey’s wardrobe
Liza’s bestie Kelsey (Hilary Duff) is a rising star in the printing business despite being years younger than pretty much everyone in the office (except Liza… who told everyone she’s the same age as Kelsey).
Someone in her position needs a wardrobe full of power suits, bright colours, mix ’n match designs… and heels. Oh the heels! Kelsey’s style isn’t for everyone and not everyone can pull it off, but we’ll tell you this: she’s the centre of attention when she walks into any room and there are celebrities out there who’d kill for her clothes!
3 Diana singing
Yes, you read that right. Diana (Miriam Shor), the intense, demanding head of marketing, is letting loose for Season 6. Well, loose-ish – there’s no real “off” setting for Diana. Seeing her undo her top button and get behind the microphone is a must for anyone who doesn’t know how relieving it can be to cut loose.
“9 To 5 is just one of the best songs ever written because Dolly Parton is a goddess,” says Miriam. “We ruined so many takes laughing. So sue me. I’ve fulfilled my fantasy of singing with Sutton and (real-life singer) Hilary.”
4 Squad goals
Every woman needs a bestie who she can confide in, share secrets and spill the beans about the mind-blowing sex she’s having. Because that’s what besties are for.
Liza and Kelsey have their ups and downs (duh), but they always find their way back to each other. And it’s not just an act – Sutton and Hilary are giggling gooses away from work too! Besides, when you’re going through a rough patch, everyone needs a shoulder to cry on and someone to help you beat up your no-good, lousy, dirty, sneaky, lying ex…
5 And last but not least: it’s life!
What you see on Younger, is what’s going on in real life. People are tired of boring old lifestyles and re-invent themselves constantly. It’s like sending a 1-million-megawatt jolt through your system and shocking you into new life.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
“Sometimes you just need a reboot,” says Sutton. “every single storyline we tell will inspire one viewer or another and touch them. You may not agree with everything, but you will agree with something. And that something might be just the kick you need to actually live!”
Not sure? Here’s a life lesson or two from Lisa’s lesbian roommate Maggie (Debi Mazar) who doesn’t understand the phrase “hold back”…