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New Show ‘Younger’ Turns Back Time: Is 40 the New 26?

And Younger isn’t just a sitcom. It’s also a romcom.

Watch_Younger_Cast_5Younger, airing on TV Land.

With her husband out of the picture (way out of the picture), Liza begins a tentative romance with a hunky tattoo artist, whose age—you guessed it—is 26. (In fact, his hitting on her at a bar in the pilot episode gave her the idea to fib about her age in the first place.) Liza’s out of practice, and she worries that without the hip-hop accessories, she may not pass quite so easily. What about the aforementioned “bush?” And she’s sure she’s developing “cleavage wrinkles”! To date, the duo have shared dinner and a couple of kisses, but there is a distinct promise of more to come.

Despite some decent writing and a first-rate cast, Younger is a fairly silly sitcom. And, as far as assuming a new identity goes, it’s not exactly a novel idea. But there’s something particularly endearing about it. And that something is Sutton Foster.

Foster, who is actually 40, by the way, is best known for her lauded work on Broadway, from Little Women, Young Frankenstein, and Shrek to Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, both of which earned her Tony Awards. She also received rave reviews for her lead role in the canceled series Bunheads, which never got the audience it deserved (but is definitely worth streaming on Amazon—especially because you’ll get to watch her sing and dance).

In Younger, Foster brings a delightful mix of determination and naïveté to the role of Liza. Some of the humor is a little far-fetched. For example, she doesn’t know who Lena Dunham is; did she live in New Jersey or under a rock? But her smile is infectious. She marvels at the inhabitants of her new twentysomethings world, but she doesn’t criticize or belittle them. She is utterly game for all of it. And she takes us along with her.

All in all, Younger is a fun romp. And who wouldn’t like to shave a few years (or decades) off if we had the chance?

Younger runs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on TV Land. The third episode airs tonight, but you can find the first two episodes on demand if you have digital cable, or online at tvland.com/shows/younger.

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  • Susan Barker April 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I have an even crazier idea for a show: A 52 year old woman becomes an empty nester, divorcee and is forced out of the business she worked 24 years to create. Did I mention this all plays out over the course of about 30 days. She has the most unbelievable girlfriends who surround her with love and support and more than a glass of red wine or two — literally carrying her through one of the most difficult periods in her life. That’s because women of a certain age know the value of true girlfriends. Then the husband of a perceptive girlfriend mentions he needs someone to assist with his law practice. Never mind the woman worked in M&A (music and arts) for 24 years — in four months she finds herself working in another M&A space — Mergers and Acquisitions. She now helps good people do good work and — though she could almost be every employees mother or older sister — guess what? Not one soul has ever asked for her age. Now that’s a fairy tale right? No. That is a firm belief that women of a certain age bring common sense, humor, perspective and kindness to the workplace which they do. That woman was and is me. I am going to tune in for an episode or two but I am not yet certain whether I will laugh or cry. Further, I am not yet certain if I should find the series entertaining or infuriating. WWWVFC do?

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  • California Girl April 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Somehow, passing oneself off as 26 when they are 40 is pretty darn unrealistic. I know alot of great looking 40 something women. But no way could they get away with that.

    It figures this is written by a man. Ya gotta love Hollywood fantasy.

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