Younger: Is TV Land's Sutton Foster Comedy Already Growing on You?

“We’re only in our twenties once!” Hilary Duff’s junior-editor character declares in the series premiere of TV Land’s Younger, a show ironically built upon the idea that one’s age is not, in fact, set in stone.

The Darren Star-created comedy, which premiered with back-to-back episodes Tuesday — this article pertains only to the pilot — introduces viewers to Liza Miller (Bunheads‘ Sutton Foster), a 40-something divorcé who transforms herself into a 26-year-old go-getter with the help of her lesbian bestie Maggie (Entourage‘s Debbie Mazar), .

After a flirty makeover, a crash course in One Direction and a bit of southern landscaping — she playfully refers to her bush as a “Wisconsin” during an awkward locker room encounter with Kelsey (Duff) — Liza’s ready to take on the world, beginning with her job as the assistant to hellish marketing director Diana Trout (GCB‘s Miriam Shor).

(Side note: If Liza’s Jane Austen Twitter account was real, I would totally follow it. Promote that woman, I say!)

Of course, reclaiming one’s twenties is about more than just gaining an edge in the work force; within the first five minutes of the pilot, Liza finds herself smitten with a 26-year-old tattoo artist named Josh (The Following‘s Nico Tortorella), who strong-arms her into meeting him for drinks — not that she needs much convincing.

Younger is drawing many Sex and the City comparisons, largely due to its setting, creator and SatC-esque marketing campaign, but it’s a completely different animal — and a wonderful animal at that. Whether you relate more to the 40-somethings looking back on their youth, or the 20-somethings dreaming of their future, we can all settle on one universal truth: None of us have any idea what we’re doing. Ever.

So, did Younger earn an automatic season pass on your DVR? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your review of the TV Land comedy.


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29 Comments
  1. Csbd says:

    I loved it. It was smart and witty. I will definitely be back.

  2. Richard Duffy says:

    I really enjoyed it! I was shocked that the ‘S’ Word was used in a TV Land show . Maybe it’s because I watched it on hulu. It’s great to see Sutton on TV. I’ve loved everything she’s done on Broadway.

    • dman6015 says:

      S**t, and derivatives like bulls**t, are now allowed. An episode of South Park a few years ago really did in the FCC restriction.

  3. Chrissie says:

    Love the show! Was counting the days till the premier. Its my new addiction!!

  4. Sam says:

    I loved it ! Can’t wait to see more , specially hilary duff she is amazing as Kelsey loved her performance

  5. Ram510 says:

    I wanted to like it but I don’t think its for me . I liked Hilary Duff tho

  6. Tallee says:

    LOVE Sutton Foster, but was a bit disappointed in this. Her character had to have been under a rock since her 20s to not to know what hashtags, lady-grooming, krav maga and Lena Dunham are. I’m the same age and not nearly as clueless and I don’t even have a teenager in the house. All of that felt too contrived and naive. Can we smarter her up a bit? Even if she didn’t know beforehand…she was job hunting. Wouldn’t a savvy woman with a degree have done a bit of research on the companies she was interviewing with and learn the industry related lingo and tech? I hope it gets better. I’ve been really looking forward to this show but could barely hang through both episodes for the lack of credibility.

    • Maggie says:

      So true. Liza came across as really stupid to not know any of those things. My nana is 74 and knows about hashtags, lady-grooming, and even knows who Lena Dunham is (and dislikes her tattoos.)

  7. Sarah T says:

    I didn’t mind it but I feel like TV Land is trying too hard to be HBO here. I’m a little old school but I wasn’t crazy that the “S” word was used, how they talked about her “bush” or what Hilary Duff’s boyfriend was doing in bed beside her while she was reading. I think more than anything, it just didn’t seem to fit with the network. I watched both episodes. Not sure if i’ll make a point to tune in again. I did like Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff. Not bad, just not great.

  8. Kristina says:

    It was cute. I’ll keep watching.

  9. SoFla says:

    I don’t like the premise – I am perfectly happy to be the age I am and do not feel the need to want to pretend to be younger. I find it insulting that a show is based upon the idea that 40-somethings want to be 20-something again. I don’t and won’t watch. JMO, keep your insults of my opinion clean please – thanks!

  10. Kingmose1 says:

    I would watch Sutton Foster read the phone book aloud. She is a treasure.

    • TinLV says:

      I like her.. just didn’t care for the show. Sometimes the pilot episodes are not the best indicator though. Maybe it will improve.

  11. scully8 says:

    I haven’t watched the show yet, but it is on my list ‘to watch’ list.

    Now, I will say that looking at the promo picture of the cast, Darren Star is true to his world view–no folks of color exist in his world.

    I am sure many of you will roll your eyes and say, get over yourself. That’s cool and I’m okay with Starr casting who he wants to cast, but I needed to acknowledge my first reaction when I looked at the promo picture. However, just like Sex In the City, the themes are universal and I look forward to giving the show a chance. Just sayin’ . . .

  12. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    I was really pleased that Hilary Duff didn’t play a bitchy character and instead was really friendly and inclusive. This show is the reverse of Jane by Design. Although I liked this show I can’t see it lasting past 2-3 seasons.

  13. Elibu says:

    I know it’s just a TV show, but there’s is no way she could lie about her age and get employed by any corporation. You have to provide your SSN to your employers, so her fraud would be discovered the minute she was hired and then who would keep her when she completely fabricated her resume? Sutton Foster deserves better. I made it through about 15 minutes before deleting it.

  14. Pamela Wilburn says:

    love this show! i think its going to be great and a show that every woman can relate to. and the characters are awesome and the actress/actors all did a wonderful job, very well. this is the type of show tv has been missing for a long time. i finally have something thats just fun to watch and im sure every girl/woman is going to fall in love with YOUNGER! love love love this show!

  15. Lynne says:

    Younger is the best comedy I’ve seem in years. It doesn’t restore to juvenile sexual jokes to be funny. There’s a feeling of authencity coming from all the characters. Sutton Foster’s energy leaps through the tv and want her as a bff. love love love this show.

  16. Lynne says:

    Younger is the best comedy I’ve seem in years. It doesn’t restort to juvenile sexual jokes to be funny. There’s a feeling of authencity coming from all the characters. Sutton Foster’s energy leaps through the tv and want her as a bff. love love love this show.

  17. Rebecca says:

    Absoulty loves this show!!!!!!

  18. mika says:

    There is no way Sutton Foster is in her 20’s. 30’s maybe, 20’s…umm no. I just can’t get passed that glaring plot hole. Sorry.

    • DJR says:

      I agree that there are a number of glaring plot holes (see the comment above about how an employer has your social security number and can verify your age). However, it’s a TV show. In only a few very rare cases does TV reflect the “real” world. Almost every medical, cop and lawyer show is downright wrong (ask any doctor, law enforcement individual or attorney). I don’t watch TV for its “accuracy.” I watch it to be entertained…and I was with this show.

  19. Mizdaddy says:

    Hysterical show! My new escape. The subtleties of 40 somethings slightly out of touch with today’s fads were spot on. Way to go Darren Starr.

  20. Stacey says:

    Surprisingly good!

  21. Michael DeSouza says:

    I really liked the Black girl who came onto the scene in the club and kissed the tatoo guy, while showing him the tatoo he did on her ankle. She was very pretty and they need a Black character in there somewhere. Otherwise, I really liked the show.