A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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