Netflix’s new drama “Ginny and Georgia” does not impress


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“Ginny and Georgia” centers around the struggle of a mother-daughter relationship.

Yael Greenblum , Reporter

After sitting in front of my computer for hours watching Netflix’s new hit show “Ginny and Georgia,” I can honestly say it’s not that special. While the show has some good points, there are too many side plots that were not interesting enough to keep me fully invested throughout the ten-episode season.

The series follows the relationship between Georgia, a single mother, and her daughter Virginia “Ginny.” Georgia had been recently widowed as of the beginning of the show and inherited a large sum of money from her late husband. She decided to move her family, Ginny and her younger brother Austin, from the South to a town on the East Coast to Wellsbury, MA. 

At her new, white-dominated school in Wellsbury, Ginny struggles with her biracial identity. On her first day, she meets a group of girls, and they quickly become best friends. The show incorporates their “mini dramas” as part of the plot. Like “Gossip Girl,” it feels as if there is never-ending conflict within the friend group. This is where the unfinished plot-points come in: each friend has their own internal conflicts, but most do not end up getting resolved by the end of the season, which left me feeling unsatisfied when finishing the series. 

Fans of “Gilmore Girls” will find much that is familiar to the long-running hit show. The small town of Wellsbury feels very much like Stars Hollow, down to a central restaurant where the characters gather for talking and drinks. There are also members of the city council and parent association that add their own twists to the plot. Similar to“Gilmore Girls,” the plot of “Ginny and Georgia” centers around a mother-daughter relationship with all of its ups and downs. 

Georgia, objectively the show’s best plotline, has a backstory with so many twists and turns that every time she leaves the scene, you’ll be yearning for her to return. Her many marriages, which all failed for different reasons, come back to haunt her as flashbacks through each episode.

Ginny, seemingly a character foil to Georgia, makes you want to pick up your phone and scroll until she leaves the scene. Her character, friends and love interest were all cringy and uninteresting. The writers of the show attempted to portray how teenagers act today, yet they were unsuccessful and far from reality. 

Although “Ginny and Georgia” has many downsides to its plot, Georgia’s character is engaging enough to want to keep watching. If you’re turning on the TV to relax and unwind from a stressful day, this would be the perfect show because it doesn’t involve too much focus or energy. However, if you’re looking for a new favorite show with strong characters and plotlines, take a pass.