Younger

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
Younger TV Poster Image
Adorable comedy has sex jokes, drinking, stealth feminism.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Ageism and classism are picked apart with a light touch. On a job interview, Liza is called "overqualified" by an interviewer who almost blurted out "old." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main character Liza is a great role model for younger and older viewers alike: She is perpetuating a deception but she's a loving mother, a loyal friend, and a hard worker. 

Violence
Sex

Quippy sex jokes such as an aside about (fictional) app Bang With Friends being better than Grindr. References to "boobs" and "schtupping," extramarital affairs, a man's "junk." A character makes a joke about a celebrity getting a tattoo on an intimate body part, and a woman's pubic hair is compared to the shape of a U.S. state. 

Language

Cursing ranging from mild ("damn," "hell") to spicy: "I didn't mean to s--t in your Cheerios." References to a celebrity's "ass cheeks" and a woman's "bush."

Consumerism

Real brands are mentioned: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, even Grindr. A computer with a prominent Apple logo is seen at length. Real celebrities such as Lena Dunham are the butts of jokes. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters chug wine after an emotional phone call and drink cocktails in bars; no one acts drunk. One character suggests in jest she and a friend split a tab of ecstasy. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Younger is a comedy about a middle-aged mom who pretends she's 26 to get a job in a society that favors youth. The jokes can border on rude at times -- there are references to hookup ads, pubic hair, intimate selfies, and the like, but they're on the light-and-quippy side. Classism and ageism are discussed; watching with younger viewers may spark interesting discussions on these topics. Characters drink wine, beer and cocktails in bars and talk about being drunk; one character asks another to split some drugs she's held onto for two decades. But for the most part, this smart, sweet comedy is a great choice for whole-family viewing with teens. 

User Reviews

Adult Written by2concerned January 27, 2016

Good show - but

This show is not at all appropriate for young kids and should NOT be on a kids channel like Nickelodeon. Take tonights episode starts with the very first scree... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byrockmom92 September 30, 2016
Teen, 13 years old Written byTvmonster25 June 1, 2015
There is enjoyable comedy to go along with the great plot but Liza and Josh's relationship may not be so appropriate for younger viewers.
Teen, 13 years old Written byyespleasebroadway April 26, 2015

Well crafted and fun

This show is great; it has hysterical writing from Darren Star, and the acting is amazing; Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Miriam Shor, and Debi Mazar all in one ro... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Liza Miller (Sutton Foster)'s husband suddenly leaves her for another woman and she finds herself undesirable in the job marketplace, she pretends to be YOUNGER to land a job. That job? Assistant to temperamental book editor Diana Trout (Miriam Shor), who believes Liza is 26 and only a few years out of college. Liza has similarly fooled her colleagues, such as ambitious junior editor Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff), and she has sexy 20-something tattoo artist Josh (Nico Tortorella) similarly mesmerized. Thankfully, she also has the help of her hipper best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar) to improve her ruse. But how long can Liza keep her real age under wraps? 

Is it any good?

At first glance, this series sounds exactly like the kind of high-concept sitcom that went out of style decades ago. A comedy built around a middle-aged woman trying to pass as 26 for a job? That would fit right in to a night of canned laughs about a housewife who's secretly a witch or a man living with two women pretending to be gay. Yet Younger's smart, fresh writing breathes life into the gimmicky concept, turning what could be a stale comedy into a positively adorable wish-fulfillment fantasy for older viewers. Would you want to live your twenties over again? Could you? Watching Foster learn to navigate Twitter, office politics, and the advances of elaborately tattooed Brooklyn hipsters is both hilarious and pointed satire that points out something quite modern: In the age of Google, anyone can attempt to erase the generation gap with a few clever searches.

Younger has plenty to chew on for younger viewers too, as the show smartly skewers what one character calls "bearded cheesemongers and chicks who look like Macaulay Culkin." Moms and teen/20-something daughters in particular may enjoy watching this together -- and may have a lot to talk about once the credits roll. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the premise of Younger. Is it harder for older people to get hired? For both men and women? If so, why?

  • How would the plot of Younger change if it were set in a small city where everyone knows each other? How about if Liza were a man? A woman in her 60s? 

TV details

For kids who love funny, self-reliant women

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate