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‘Younger’ Premiere: Does Hilary Duff’s New Show Compare To ‘Sex & The City’

Mon, March 30, 2015 1:25pm EDT by 1 Comment
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Finally, ‘Younger,’ the new series from ‘Sex and the City’ creator Darren Star, premieres on Mar. 31. Obviously we have to wonder, how does the new show stack up against its iconic predecessor?

Are you guys ready to get Younger? In the new comedy, premiering on TV Land on Mar. 31, we follow Liza (Sutton Foster), a 40-year-0ld mother going through a divorce, as she makes the decision to turn back the clock and take on the identity of a 26-year-old. Along the way, she enlists the friendship of actual 26-year-old Kelsey (Hilary Duff) and, naturally, hilarity ensues as Liza struggles to maintain the relationships of her dueling lives (and ages). The series comes from Darren Star who, famously, created Sex and the CitySo, is Liza the new Carrie Bradshaw?

‘Younger’ Premiere

Is Younger going to take the torch from Sex and the City?

Well, not really. Though there are certainly some similarities between this new show and that HBO series which we still marathon every week, Younger doesn’t quite hold a candle to Sex and the City (not the first season, anyway). However, that does not mean that it isn’t worth watching– it definitely is.

Having consumed all 10 episodes of the first season in one sitting, it’s safe to say that Younger is definitely worth at least that much time. In fact, it is ideal guilty-pleasure, binge watching material. It’s easy to take in and remains pretty lighthearted, yet at times, does touch upon real issues that both women in their twenties must face, as well as women in their forties and beyond.

Is ‘Younger’ Worth Watching?

Some of those issues which Younger tackles include, when and how do you define a relationship? How much of our identity is up for debate? How does age influence others’ perception of us and how does it influence our perception of others?

Of course, as Liza’s job at a publishing company becomes more demanding, work fumbles for both she and coworker Kelsey become inevitable and watching two women of different generations navigate a cut throat work environment will resonate for modern women of all ages.

Also, while the show does borrow some themes from SATC (Carrie’s technological ineptitude is invoked when Liza must search online how to create a Twitter profile, for example), the characters are unique. Along with Liza and Kelsey, Younger features Debi Mazar (who we know from Entourage) playing Liza’s best friend who is a lesbian artist and Miriam Shor, playing her powerful boss, very much a product of the Lean In era of unapologetic women in business.

Overall, Younger isn’t perfect and, honestly, some moments might make you chuckle (and not in a way that the show necessarily intended). Still, though, it features an awesome cast and creative team and you certainly won’t regret watching it. If nothing else, it will serve to remind you that it’s never too late to be who you want.

Are you excited for Younger?

— Casey Mink