Zhanet Zografova’s review of “Ginny and Georgia”

On Feb. 24, Netflix released a new series called “Ginny and Georgia,” which has caused a commotion throughout social media.  At first glance, this show may remind fans of “Gilmore Girls,” as both series have a similar topic a mother-daughter pair starting a new chapter of their lives. While that is true, “Ginny and Georgia” is much darker and mysterious. 

The show follows the story of 15-year-old Virginia “Ginny” Miller (Antonia Gentry) and her 30-year-old mother, Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey). After years of running, Georgia decided to settle down with Ginny and her son Austin (Diesel La Torraca) in the town of Wellsbury, Mass. Georgia’s goal is to provide a better life for her children and to give them something they never hada normal life.

For Ginny, this means making friends for the first time, dealing with racial inequality, school conflicts and a classic teenage love triangle. Georgia makes an effort to fit in but is faced with complicated relations with acquaintances, both old and new. As the story unravels, Georgia’s dark past comes knocking at their front door and through flashbacks of her teenage years, viewers learn more about who she is and the reasoning behind her actions. When Ginny starts to figure out what her mother is capable of, she digs herself into a hole from which she cannot escape.

The show does a great job of highlighting real-life matters teenagers face, such as racism, inequality, sexuality, mental health, a feeling of wanting to belong and the need for acceptance from others. It’s something a teenage audience can watch and relate to. The show does incorporate stereotypical teenage actions such as engaging in illegal activities, drinking and drugs, but this is nothing new for Netflix’s teen dramas. 

Evoking emotion and believability is crucial and Gentry did just that in her breakthrough role. She portrays Ginny as visibly distressed, enraged, sad, thrilled, energized, and fearful, which helps define Ginny as a person and would help spark a character development further along. 

On social media, negative responses began flooding in after Taylor Swift slammed the show on Twitter over a “deeply sexist joke” that Ginny said in one of the episodes. The joke was said as a comparison to show how Georgia goes “though men faster than Taylor Swift.” Fans immediately took on Twitter to show their support, either the show or the singer, defending both sides and bringing the show’s ratings down on multiple platforms. On Rotten Tomatoes, it is currently at 68 percent on the Tomatometer and a 64 percent for audience score. The ratings are expected, given the amount of drama the show created. 

It’s safe to say that “Ginny and Georgia” is not everyone’s cup of tea. Like any other show, it has its positive and negative factors, but at the end of the day, the production is filled with drama, mystery, romance, heartbreak and a bit of humor. The first season’s questionable ending left fans wondering what could possibly happen next. If you are looking for something new, quirky and dramatic, “Ginny and Georgia” is the way to go.