I’m Obsessed With: Ginny & Georgia
If you're like me, lately, you've been bingeing A LOT of television. Often I'll innocently press play on something telling myself that I'm just checking it out and after 10 hours, I'll emerge from my cocoon and walk away entertained but barely able to recall the details of what I've watched. Ginny & Georgia, on the other hand, sticks in my head (and my heart) long after I've finished an episode.
Georgia says she and her 15-year-old daughter are like the Gilmore Girls with bigger boobs but I would describe them as Gilmore Girls with bigger balls. The show centers around Ginny, an insecure, mixed-race teen, and her mother Georgia, a charming, grifter who is constantly on the run from her past. After the death of Georgia's latest husband, she settles Ginny and her little brother, Austin in the affluent town of Wellsbury, Massachusetts. What follows is part coming-of-age story, part suspense thriller as Ginny settles into the life her mother always wanted for her and Georgia struggles to uphold a façade that is constantly unraveling.
What sets Ginny & Georgia apart from similar mother/daughter dramas is their upfront approach to issues of race and teen angst. Ginny and her mother often find themselves at odds. As a biracial girl who doesn't feel comfortable in her skin, Ginny's experience contrasts with her mother who neatly falls into all the categories of what society considers beautiful (and uses that to exploit those around her). Despite their clashes, Georgia is also a fierce advocate for her children. While she may be oblivious to Ginny's personal insecurities, she's quick to call out people who underestimate Ginny because of her race.
The town of Wellsbury is it's own character in the show. While it is a town of privilege, the cast is extremely diverse and the denizens of the city, from teens to adults, are also struggling with their own masquerades. Personal faves so far are Degrassi: The Next Generation alums Raymond Ablack (Sav) as a local business owner, Joe, and Sara Waisglass (Frankie) as Ginny's lesbian bff, Maxine. And Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, Hart of Dixie) continues to age backward and provide necessary eye candy as the town mayor.
While shows like WandaVision and The Mandalorian have heralded a return to weekly appointment television, Ginny & Georgia provides a strong case for binge watching. The pacing is engaging but never rushed and each episode is filled with memorable moments that stick with the audience long after the episode is over.
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