With more time on our hands, now is the perfect opportunity to discover a new TV series. Ginny and Georgia is one of the latest offerings from Netflix and you absolutely can't miss it. Released at the end of February, Ginny and Georgia has caused quite a stir since, with many viewers hailing it as "the new Gilmore Girls".
Sure enough, both Gilmore Girls and Ginny and Georgia revolve around a mother and daughter duo and are set in a small New England town. However, Ginny and Georgia is much darker than its predecessor (that's not to say Gilmore Girls is all sunshine and rainbows) and deals with issues such as self-harm, underage drinking and drug use. While Ginny and Georgia is obviously reminiscent of Gilmore Girls, it is also somewhat similar to more recent shows like Little Fires Everywhere (in the fact that the mothers are trying to escape their past) and Sweet Magnolias (due to the small town setting).
Ginny and Georgia begins with the leads making their umpteenth move to Wellsbury, a town in Massachusetts. Teenager Ginny (short for Virginia, the state in which she was born) is fed up with having to move yet again after her stepfather is in a tragic incident. Georgia, on the other hand, is excited about the opportunity of a fresh start for her and her children. Joining Ginny and Georgia on their new venture is Austin, the youngest member of the family, who is an avid Harry Potter fan and is worried about fitting in at his new school. Things seem to be going well for the trio at first, but then it soon becomes apparent that Georgia is keeping secrets from Ginny and Austin. Will Georgia be able to move on from her past or will it catch up with her?
Having always been the 'new kid', Ginny fits in straightaway at Wellsbury High. She immediately befriends popular Maxine (Sara Waisglass), who is impressed when Ginny calls out the teacher for only including white men in the syllabus. Ginny is introduced to Maxine's best friends Abby (Katie Douglas) and Norah (Chelsea Clark), who are a bit sceptical of the newcomer at first but soon warm up. She also becomes acquainted with Hunter, Jordan, Matt and Brodie, the boys in Maxine's group.
As the series progresses, tensions start to build between Ginny and Georgia. Once a shy bookworm who had never even been kissed, Ginny is keen to be accepted at her new school and rebels against her mum by going to parties and drinking. Georgia wants to protect Ginny and help her have a better life, but to Ginny, this seems unfair, especially when the secrets Georgia is hiding come to light. Both Ginny and Georgia make very questionable choices throughout the series. For example, Ginny takes the motorbike of one of her friends out for a spin, and Georgia calls the police on Ginny and her friends after finding out that they sneaked out from a sleepover to go to a party. It's down to Georgia's new boyfriend to come to the rescue and bail the teens out of jail. Ginny and Georgia are so caught up in their own drama that they seem oblivious to the effect it's having on Austin; at one point he lashes out at a boy at school and skips class, which both his mum and sister fail to notice until much later on.
Much like in Gilmore Girls, when you were either #TeamDean, #TeamJess or #TeamLogan, viewers of Ginny and Georgia will be torn between Marcus and Hunter, Ginny's two love interests. Marcus is the first boy Ginny sets her eyes on when she arrives in Wellsbury. He's the typical 'bad boy' and Ginny can't seem to stay away from him, even though she knows that dating him will affect her friendship with Maxine. When classmate Hunter takes an interest in Ginny, she jumps at the chance of having her first boyfriend. Hunter is sweet and caring, and reads Pride and Prejudice in order to have something to talk about with Ginny.
At the same time, Georgia is in the middle of her own love triangle…or should I say love square? For much of the series, Georgia is dating Paul Randolph, the town's handsome mayor, who seems like a magnet for "thirsty moms", according to Maxine. Then Ginny's birth father Zion turns up out of the blue, and it's clear that Georgia is still attracted to him. It also becomes apparent that Joe, owner of Blue Farm Café, has a crush on Georgia, although she doesn't realise.
Ginny and Georgia wouldn't be a Netflix show if it didn't have some controversy. The series was slammed by Taylor Swift after a sexist line about her became viral on social media (in the last episode Ginny says "What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift"). Dozens of Swifties flocked to Twitter to defend their idol and even bombarded Rotten Tomatoes with negative reviews to lower the show's ratings. While it was completely unacceptable of Ginny and Georgia's scriptwriters to include the Taylor Swift line, don't let it put you off watching the series. It's part coming of age drama, part suspense thriller, and will appeal to teenagers and adults alike.
As is the case with so many Netflix original series, Ginny and Georgia comprises of 10 episodes that are between 50 and 60 minutes long. In some shows, an hour does seem a bit too long for an episode, but this is not the case with Ginny and Georgia. There is so much going on, and the storylines are so compelling, that I could've easily watched it all in one go. Despite being released over a month ago, it has yet to be announced whether Ginny and Georgia will have a second season, but as it ends on multiple cliffhangers and has been one of Netflix's most popular shows of the year so far, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of Ginny and Georgia in the future.