Well, hello! After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back with a new post full of TV show recommendations. Today we’re talking all about Ginny & Georgia on Netflix.
In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s about a single mother who moves to a small town with her son and biracial daughter, and they try to fit in as they deal with issues involving family, school, friends, dating, and racial identity.
I was very interested in this show after the trailer left me wondering where they would go with it. And you know I love teen dramas/comedies. Well, I finished it a few weeks ago and I can now say that I really enjoyed it!
It’s definitely not a perfect show. I have some issues with it, and I remember being so cringed out by some of the writing. But I love the characters and I feel really excited about this show. Now that it’s been renewed for a second season, I feel like it’s gonna stick around for a while but we’ll have to wait a long time in between seasons.
After you finish season 1, if you enjoyed it you’re going to be left with an empty feeling. Here are some shows that may help!
1. Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Little Fires Everywhere is the most similar to Ginny & Georgia. I mean like…they are nearly the same show. Ginny & Georgia is just more of a comedy. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a drama mini-series based on the book of the same name by Celeste Ng, about a mother and daughter who move to a small town to start fresh — but things get tense as secrets from their past start to catch up with them, and drama builds between them and another family in town. The daughter also struggles to fit in at school and finds herself caught up in drama involving friends and boys and race. Sound familiar?
One of the problems I had with Ginny & Georgia is that it did a poor job on tackling issues with racism and microaggression. They showed it and referenced it, but seemed to only scratch the surface of these big issues because they chose to focus on other things instead. Little Fires Everywhere did a much better job with this, so not only do you get more depth with the writing, you also get the award-winning actresses Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon who give incredible performances. I always recommend this show because it’s so good, yet it didn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserved.
Little Fires Everywhere is available to stream on Hulu!
2. Gilmore Girls (now streaming on Netflix)
Of course, everybody knows the classic dramedy show Gilmore Girls, about a single mother and her teenage daughter living together in a small town. To me, Ginny & Georgia is like if Gilmore Girls and Little Fires Everywhere had a baby.
3. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
Never Have I Ever is a comedy about a first generation Indian American teenage girl juggling school, family, her faith and culture…and of course dating. The show was created by the fabulous Mindy Kaling and it’s even based on her own childhood.
It isn’t exactly like Ginny & Georgia, but I included it because the main character, Devi, has a strained relationship with her mother after her father dies suddenly.
4. Trinkets (Netflix)
Trinkets is a dramedy about 3 girls with a shoplifting addiction who essentially use it to escape their problems at home and at school. I avoided this show for a long time because the premise didn’t appeal to me — I think the idea of watching teenagers steal stuff is off-putting for many people. But I’m glad I got into it later on because I really grew to like it a lot.
This show is also a bit different from Ginny & Georgia, in that there’s not a distinct focus on a mother-daughter relationship. But each of the girls has a complex relationship with her parents and the main character, Elodie, is still coping with the loss of her mother. There’s lots of teen drama and silly stuff but it’s surprisingly emotional, with lots of heartfelt moments. Each episode is only about 20 minutes and it ended with only 2 seasons, so it’s a quick and easy binge. I highly recommend it!
Have you seen Ginny & Georgia? What do you think of it? Are there any similar shows you’d recommend?