Younger (season 1)

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'(season 1)
Starring
  • Sutton Foster
  • Debi Mazar
  • Miriam Shor
  • Nico Tortorella
  • Hilary Duff
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes12
Release
Original networkTV Land
Original releaseMarch 31 –
June 9, 2015
Season chronology
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The first season of the American comedy-drama television series Younger premiered on March 31, 2015 with two episodes and continued airing for another 10 episodes until June 9, 2015. The season follows 40-year-old Liza Miller, portrayed by actress Sutton Foster, as she pretends to be 26 to follow a career in publishing, and a company named Empirical, all while keeping the secret from her friends and newfound younger boyfriend, Josh.

The season has met positive response from critics. Before the first season ended, Younger was renewed for a second season of 12 episodes on April 21, 2015.[1] The last episode was watched by 1.23 million viewers and had a 0.2 share/rating.[2]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Darren StarDarren StarMarch 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)0.50[3]
Finding it difficult to find a job as a 40-year-old divorced mother, Liza Miller decides to reinvent her life with the help of her best friend Maggie after a cute guy in his twenties mistakes her for a 26-year-old at a bar.
22"Liza Sows Her Oates"Darren StarDarren StarMarch 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)0.46[3]
Liza pitches an idea to Diana on how to market an older writer to a younger audience. Having doubts over the age difference with Josh, Liza decides to go on a date with someone more "age appropriate". Kelsey attempts to read a new book from Anton Björnberg, an unknown Swedish author.
33"IRL"Darren StarDottie & Eric ZicklinApril 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)0.51[4]
Liza worries over having sex with Josh for the first time. Kelsey desperately attempts to sign Anton to Empirical Press, while Diana decides to try online dating.
44"The Exes"Tamra DavisRick SingerApril 14, 2015 (2015-04-14)0.34[5]
After a running into Josh with one of his exes, Liza decides she needs to figure out where the two of them stand. After going out to celebrate the signing of Anton, Kelsey accidentally drinks too much and sends a message to Anton informing him of her attraction to him.
55"Girl Code"Tamra DavisAlison BrownApril 21, 2015 (2015-04-21)0.55[6]
Liza, Kelsey and Lauren spend the night out at Maggie's art gallery, but ditch her before finding out she has been dropped by the gallery. Diana's excited by the arrival of Empirical's handsome and potentially soon-to-be-divorced publisher.
66"Shedonism"Arlene SanfordDarren Star & Dottie & Eric ZicklinApril 28, 2015 (2015-04-28)0.65[7]
In an attempt to prove herself to Diana, Liza organizes a book launch party for Diana's demanding and party-loving author friend. Maggie runs into her finally single old crush, only to discover that she's now pregnant, while Kelsey and Anton take their relationship to the next level.
77"Broke and Pantyless"Peter LauerDarren StarMay 5, 2015 (2015-05-05)0.58[8]
In a desperate attempt to come up with some quick cash for her daughter's tuition payment, Liza begins selling her underwear online, trying not to arouse suspicion from Josh. Kelsey sets boundaries in her relationship with Anton.
88"Sk8"Peter LauerDottie & Eric ZicklinMay 12, 2015 (2015-05-12)0.62[9]
Diana tasks Liza with babysitting Charles' children in order to get closer to him at an awards ceremony, unknowingly causing Liza and Charles to grow closer. After Anton's wife accuses Liza of having an affair with him, Kelsey decides it is time to come clean.
99"I'm with Stupid"Steven TsuchidaAlison BrownMay 19, 2015 (2015-05-19)0.50[10]
Liza attempts to incite interest within the book club community over an unpublished author she discovered in the reject pile. Meanwhile, after insulting Josh's intelligence, Liza gets the cold shoulder.
1010"The Boy With the Dragon Tattoo"Steven TsuchidaRick SingerMay 26, 2015 (2015-05-26)0.59[11]
A bed bug scare causes Liza and Maggie to find a place to stay for a few days, forcing Liza into some uncomfortable and illuminating sleeping arrangements. She discovers that the unpublished author she was so excited about plagiarized her novel.
1111"Hot Mitzvah"Tricia BrockDottie & Eric ZicklinJune 2, 2015 (2015-06-02)0.66[12]
Liza throws her hat into the ring for a job working as a ghost writer on the book for one of Kelsey's clients. Lauren decides to throw a "hot mitzvah" at 26 to be better than her bat mitzvah. Liza tells Josh that she is a 40-year-old mother. Kelsey grapples with coming clean about her affair to Thad.
1212"The Old Ma'am and the C"Tricia BrockDarren StarJune 9, 2015 (2015-06-09)0.65[13]
While reeling from her break-up with Josh, Liza is put in an uncomfortable position when an old colleague of hers threatens to reveal her secret if she doesn't help her steal the profit and loss numbers for Ellen DeGeneres' new book. Meanwhile, Kelsey and Lauren attempt to get to the bottom of Liza and Josh's break-up.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Sutton Foster as Liza Miller
  • Debi Mazar as Maggie Amato
  • Miriam Shor as Diana Trout
  • Nico Tortorella as Josh
  • Hilary Duff as Kelsey Peters

Guest stars[edit]

  • Jane Krakowski as Annabelle Bancroft
  • Viveca Paulin as Annika Bjørnberg

Recurring[edit]

  • Molly Bernard as Lauren Heller
  • Peter Hermann as Charles Brooks
  • Dan Amboyer as Thad Weber
  • Tessa Albertson as Caitlin Miller
  • Thorbjørn Harr as Anton Bjørnberg
  • Paul Fitzgerald as David Taylor
  • Jon Gabrus as Gabe
  • Kathy Najimy as Denise Heller

Production[edit]

The series, based of the Pamela Redmond Satran's book of the same name, was announced when TV Land picked up the series for a pilot in late 2013.[14] Approximately six months after its announcement, the network picked up the show for a full 12-episode season, with costume designer for Sex and the City Patricia Field also attached. The second 12-episode season was announced halfway into the airing of the first season, on April 21, 2015.[15]

Sutton Foster was cast in the lead role of Liza Miller in December 2013.[16] Hilary Duff and Miriam Shor joined the main cast in the following month, portraying Liza's new best friend and co-worker at Empirical Press and Liza's strict boss at the publishing company, respectively. Debi Mazar was cast in February 2014 as Liza's artist roommate and close lesbian friend. After a recurring role in the first season, Molly Bernard was added to the main cast from the second season onward.[17][18]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Variety called the show a "welcome shift ... even if the title is as much ironic as aspirational."[19] Heather Hogan of Autostraddle said that TV Land presented "a really excellent freshman season, in which every episode passed the Bechdel test."[20] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 97% rating based on 35 reviews and an average rating of 7.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Darren Star's witty writing and Sutton Foster's charisma help elevate Younger above some of TV Land's previous sitcoms."[21] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 75% based on 20 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[22]

The first season has received positive reviews from critics. On the New York magazine website Vulture.com, Margaret Lyons gave a mostly positive review, describing "a sweetness to the series, an almost admiration for the various crummy behaviors [of the characters]." She went on to say that she wished the show "had a longer first season not just because I liked it, but more because it's featherweight, and as its current run stands, might have been better off as a feature-length rom-com."[23] Megan Garber reviewed the show for The Atlantic saying, "Younger, a fairy tale fit for basic cable, is a treacly confection of a show: witty but not wise, delightful but not deep. And yet—like its creator Darren Star’s previous exploration of age and sexuality and identity in a tumultuous time, Sex and the City—it offers, almost in spite of itself, deep insights into the culture of the moment."[24]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31) 0.2 0.50[3]
2 "Liza Sows Her Oates" March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31) 0.2 0.46[3]
3 "IRL" April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07) 0.2 0.51[4]
4 "The Exes" April 14, 2015 (2015-04-14) 0.1 0.34[5]
5 "Girl Code" April 21, 2015 (2015-04-21) 0.1 0.55[6]
6 "Shedonism" April 28, 2015 (2015-04-28) 0.2 0.65[7]
7 "Broke and Pantyless" May 5, 2015 (2015-05-05) 0.2 0.58[8]
8 "Sk8" May 12, 2015 (2015-05-12) 0.2 0.62[9]
9 "I'm with Stupid" May 19, 2015 (2015-05-19) 0.2 0.50[10]
10 "The Boy With the Dragon Tattoo" May 26, 2015 (2015-05-26) 0.2 0.59[11]
11 "Hot Mitzvah" June 2, 2015 (2015-06-02) 0.2 0.66[12]
12 "The Old Ma'am and the C" June 9, 2015 (2015-06-09) 0.2 0.65[13]

References[edit]

  1. Andreeva, Nellie (April 21, 2015). "'Younger' Renewed For Season 2 By TV Land". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  2. Metcalf, Mitch (June 10, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 6.9.2015". SHOWBUZZDAILY. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Ratings: "Younger" Starts Slowly on TV Land But Receives Nick at Nite Boost (Updated)". Headline Planet. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ratings: TV Land's "Younger" Rises in Demo, Falls in Total Viewership". Headline Planet. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Tanks on TV Land, Adds Nick at Nite Viewers". Headline Planet. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Rises on TV Land, Has Mixed Results on Nick at Nite". Headline Planet.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Adds TV Land Viewers, Loses Nick at Nite Viewers". Headline Planet.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Viewership Rises on Nick at Nite, Falls on TV Land". Headline Planet.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Rises on TV Land and Nick at Nite; Hits Demo High". Headline Planet.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Hits Viewership Low; Tanks on TV Land". Headline Planet.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Viewership Surges on Nick At Nite, TV Land". Headline Planet.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Viewership Surges on Nick At Nite, TV Land". Headline Planet.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Ratings: "Younger" Declines for Season Finale; Viewership Down on TV Land & Nick". Headline Planet. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  14. Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2013-10-21). "Darren Star's Comedy 'Younger' Gets Cast-Contingent Pilot Order At TV Land". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  15. Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2014-04-14). "TV Land Picks Up Darren Star's Comedy 'Younger' To Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  16. Roots, Kimberly; Roots, Kimberly (2013-12-07). "Pilot News: Bunheads' Sutton Foster to Fudge the Numbers in TV Land Comedy Younger". TVLine. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  17. Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2014-02-07). "Debi Mazar Joins TV Land Pilot 'Younger', Set For 'Entourage' Movie". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  18. "TV Land's 'Younger' Renewed for Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  19. Lowry, Brian; Lowry, Brian (2015-03-30). "TV Review: 'Younger'". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  20. "Younger: Season 1 - TV Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  21. Younger: Season 1 at Rotten Tomatoes
  22. Younger: Season 1 at Metacritic
  23. Lyons, Margaret (March 31, 2015). "Weird Loners, Younger, and Shows That Like (or Hate) Their Own Characters". Vulture.com. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  24. Garber, Megan (January 27, 2016). "Younger and the Age of Agelessness". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 27, 2016.

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