Ginny & Georgia Season 1 Review
Ginny & Georgia stands as five television shows. It’s a bloated, busy, noisy series with a mean-spirited edge that sharpens and cuts through some of the more intimate and interesting moments.
With strong ideas about race and equality, Ginny & Georgia shakes its strong foundations by championing two protagonists who lie, cheat, kill and blackmail their way through life. The result is a tonally mixed series that starts out like Gilmore Girls 2.0 before quickly moving into darker and more disturbing waters.
Despite the simple opening, there’s a lot of story going on here. One can’t help but feel that this preoccupation is a deliberate ploy to gloss over some of the more questionable elements of Netflix’s latest reliable hit.
At its core, this Netflix series revolves around a young mother, Georgia, and her two children, Austin and Ginny. This family structure is disrupted by the death of their stepfather, Kenny. Deciding they need a fresh start, Georgia moves her family to Massachusetts.
Ginny starts school complaining that she is the only one of seven black children there. However, she quickly settles into her own group with her boyfriend, Hunter, and a lovable group of friends who bond closely with their quirks and tropes. However, there’s trouble in paradise in the form of the mysterious Marcus, Ginny’s dream neighbor. Is it a love triangle? You bet!
Georgia’s story runs parallel to Ginny’s. He has a very dark past that he is running from. With a private investigator following her, Georgia manages to get to the mayor and get a job in his office. As the series progresses, Ginny and Georgia’s relationship becomes strained as they descend this spiral of deception, driven to breaking point by multiple returning figures from the past.
Along with these two storylines, there are several unfinished subplots that never get the screen time they deserve, ending in a season finale that doesn’t conclude anything. With a bowl of oatmeal like Oliver, hopeful eyes now turn to Netflix’s cancellation gods, begging for more.
Any and all comparisons to Gilmore Girls are superficial at best. Like most fantasy shows reported using the tagline “The next Game of Thrones,” Ginny and Georgiana have little in common with GG. Going into this expecting a similar show will almost certainly leave you disappointed. Instead, Ginny & Georgia is a very different offering, one that packs in as many plot twists and ideas as possible to mask the lack of compelling and compelling character arcs.
For a show so determined to portray diversity, it’s ironic to see a lack of it in the writing. Not only are there some really tired and obvious clichés, but this is done at the expense of showing the two main characters behaving in questionable ways. Stealing money, blackmailing, cheating partners and even shooting a rabbit in cold blood goes completely unchecked.
This indecision ultimately makes Ginny & Georgia feel like the cake scene from Matilda. A boy named Bruce is forced to eat a sick chocolate cake while Miss Trunchbull happily watches from the wings. Miraculously, he does so, breathing heavily through sticky cheeks as everyone applauds his accomplishment. Until another cake is removed. Then he realizes that all his hard work and efforts are in vain.