Netflix’s new drama ‘Ginny and Georgia’ is full of surprising twists and turns

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Charlie Monson

The new mother-daughter drama is available to watch on Netflix.

What can almost be seen as the new Gilmore Girls, Ginny and Georgia is a brand new Netflix drama that made its flamboyant debut on February 24th, 2021. Unlike the spectacular masterpiece that Gilmore Girls is, Ginny and Georgia only has a few nods to the classic tv show and is much more than quick-witted mother-daughter banter. The show narrates the lives of Georgia Miller and her teenage daughter Virginia “Ginny” Miller and their many over-the-top shenanigans.

Gilmore Girls and Ginny and Georgia have a lot of similarities, but nothing can compete with a classic. (Charlie Monson)

What’s notable in comparison to Gilmore Girls is that both Lorelai and Georiga had their respected daughters at a young age (16 and 15) with a rebellious motorcycle riding love interest fathering the children; Christopher and Zion. That’s pretty much where the comparisons stop because, unlike Lorelai, Georgia doesn’t run away to a cozy little inn located in small-town Connecticut, she runs away but all her endeavors end in manipulation and murder.

The show starts off pretty normal, well as normal as you can get by starting off with a melodramatic funeral for someone the audience has never met. We quickly shift interest to Georgia moving herself and two kids, Ginny and Austin, halfway across the states to the east coast town of Wellsbury for a new start.

Unhappy that this move will end just like all the rest, Ginny and Austin are hesitant to trust their mother’s promise of staying put. It’s not until Ginny makes a few new friends that she decides that Wellsbury isn’t really that bad, and decides to give it a try. Everything seems to be going swimmingly until Georgia starts to catch the eye of Wellsbury’s Mayor, Paul Randolph. Obviously upset because this is what always happens (her mother finds a new guy, it ends badly, and then they have to move), Ginny blows up at her mother which leads her to rebel and eventually get involved with cute mischievous neighbor Marcus Baker.

As the show progresses we see to what extent Georgia has actually gone to protect her kids. We as an audience see all the people she has gotten involved with and how they helped play a role to shape the person she is today, and how most of those people ended up 6ft under.

I didn’t have a lot of problems with this show, but there were a few. I think the show tried to make Ginny and her teenage friends relatable to teens today, but I was most annoyed with her character and her circle of friends. It seems to be a common trope that teenagers can drink, party, and get into trouble whenever and however often they want. I’m a senior in high school and I haven’t even heard of my classmates having raging parties, especially if those are sophomore parties (which is funny because Ginny and her friends neither act nor look like sophomores).

Max, one of Ginny’s new friends (fair use photo from Netflix)

Her friends especially Max (bless her heart) are the typical “I’m a character written by people who have no idea how teenagers act these days” and it’s sad. They all had a chance to be relatable but the writers pushed it and exaggerated it so much, they became un-relatable. The most relatable character to teenagers today is Marcus, and that’s just because he acts and reacts to things a lot of the same way we do, but not in an over-exaggerated way like his twin sister Max.

Ginny is in the nicest way, a brat. She doesn’t appreciate anything her mother does for her and is constantly picking fights, getting in trouble, and disobeying her just to get a reaction or to poorly express her angsty teenage feelings. Her character along with her boyfriend Hunter, are most of the reasons why I personally disliked the show.

Georgia and her storyline throughout the show is a much more enjoyable watch, and I was much less annoyed with her character. She has depth and a motive for the things she has done throughout her life which is revealed more and more as the show progresses. She loves her kids to death and would do anything to protect them which is made abundantly clear. She’s smart and mischievous in just the right way and is a master manipulator at getting exactly what she wants, all while wearing a smile and 5in pink pumps.

If you want a quick watch to add a little drama to your life Ginny and Georgia is perfect. If you would rather not sit through yet another show about teenagers causing un-needed drama and doing stupid things, I would advise you to check out something different.

You can check out the trailer below.