It’s spring — a time of new beginnings and severe allergies. And unfortunately, for those who aren’t invested in Game of Thrones (yes, those people do exist), there isn’t exactly a plethora of TV options as most shows prepare for their finales.
Luckily, there’s a bright new spot on the weekly lineup that comes from the most unexpected of places: TV Land. Yes, the network known for its Golden Girls reruns has found an unexpected, refreshing (and shockingly sexy) new series in Younger, which stars Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff. And, to be clear, when we say sexy, we’re talking about bedroom moves you don’t often see on basic cable unless you’re Olivia Pope. Plus, Younger has already been picked up for season 2 so you don't have to worry about investing your time in a hopeless cause!
Though the premise might seem cheesy — a woman named Liza turning 40 (Foster) poses as a twentysomething to land a job and a hunky new guy — but at its core this show has the potential to fill the void that shows like Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, and Gossip Girl left behind. Plus, as an added drool-worthy bonus, male lead Nico Tortorella (who plays Josh) has a tattooed six-pack we could stare at for days.
Here’s why you should be watching:
1. It’s Not Girls
Hilary Duff’s Kelsey Peters is a far more accurate representation of millennials than Hannah Horvath ever could be. She’s lost, just like the rest of us, but she’s also a kickass editor, who is passionate about her job. Kelsey worked hard to get to where she is now and isn’t afraid to confidently rock a blazer. Yes, she has moments of entitlement and can be far too informal (like kissing a married book author she just signed), but she, like SATC’s Samantha Jones, is a go-getter, who will stop at nothing to accomplish her dreams. That’s the kind of role model a twentysomething needs these days.
2. It’s Making New York Magical Again
It’s been three years since Gossip Girl went off the air and 11 since we lost Sex and the City. And with those departures came the loss of everyone’s favorite character: New York City. The city that never sleeps comes alive for the first time in years on Younger as Liza flits from borough to borough, juggling her high-profile position in Manhattan, her hunky boyfriend in Brooklyn, and her suburban former life. The ladies hit up swanky Manhattan bars, grab Shake Shack burgers in Madison Square Park, and patrol trendy Williamsburg tattoo parlors. NYC has once again become the city of dreams, and we have a lifelong Broadway veteran and the creator of SATC to thank for it.
3. It’s Fashion Like You’ve Never Seen
How do you make a 40-year-old woman look like she’s in her 20s? Put her in crazy mismatched prints and a pageboy hat, of course! Patricia Field — the genius who dressed Carrie Bradshaw for seven years — is up to her old antics as the show’s costume consultant, offering style in a way we’ve never seen it before. Obviously not all looks hit it out of the park, but that’s what makes Field’s work so daring and iconic. In Younger, the characters have more layers (both physically and metaphorically), bolder colors, and zanier prints. And while we’re not sure yet if that’s a good or a bad thing, let’s not forget Carrie’s bra-baring looks that sustained us through the late ‘90s.
4. It’s Not About Age
Though the gimmick that’s supposed to lure you away from MTV and over to TV Land is the idea of a 40-year-old woman sleeping with a hottie in his 20s, Younger is so much more than a show about an under-appreciated cougar. It’s about a woman, fresh off a painful divorce, who is getting a second chance at life. Just because she had a kid and a failed marriage doesn’t mean she can’t get another shot at the career she always wanted or the sexy tattooed bedfellow of every Cosmo girl’s dreams.
5. It’s Just Fun
With all that’s going on in the world — like Zayn leaving One Direction and Ariana Grande and Big Sean splitting up — don’t you just want to watch a show that’s all about some harmless fun? Sure, Liza’s fibbed about her age, but this isn’t Revenge or Scandal. No one is going to die. The worst thing that can happen is that Liza’s new pals will catch a glimpse her unwaxed lady parts. Where’s the harm in that?
Younger airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.