Netflix are no strangers to presenting viewers with mother-daughter duos with flare and friendship. It has worked well in the past, with shows such as Gilmore Girls being testament to its success, but is this latest maternal pairing set to share a similar response?
The American comedy drama series, which was released to audiences on 24th February, is centred around the family of the two titular characters. It follows Ginny Miller and her mother Georgia as they move to a new town, along with Ginny's younger brother Austin, where they seem to be in search of a fresh start however they soon realise the past has a way of finding its way back to you.
The interwoven timelines combined with the characters' friendships with one another, between parents and children alike, allow for interesting connections between the various aspects of their lives. It is refreshing to see a show inviting viewers into not only one chosen area of parental life (children, work, friendships, relationships) but factor them into them all in a way which brings the parents from the side-lines onto the main stage.
It is necessary for the viewer to understand Georgia Miller's past which she is so intent on running from, but we must first try to understand Georgia Miller... who is far from an open book. This plotline itself is enough to captivate viewers and it compromises and negotiates strongly in order to reach an equilibrium between the alluringly dark secrets of what's gone before and the light-heartedness and relatability of teen life.
Netflix has proven itself to be a topical and in touch streaming service and the people behind it have demonstrated that they know how to read the room with this latest show. At a time when people are continuing to dissect the social narratives which they have been engulfed by, while simultaneously looking to further discuss some of the more taboo elements of our society, this show sheds light on important issues in their natural habitat.
From body image and self-harm to racism, they have been able to show these issues in a way that does not glamorise them but does bring awareness to them and highlights how commonplace some of these things are in the day-to-day lives of so many of us. Micro aggressions and feelings of misplacement are focused on in this show to remind viewers that they may not fully understand or notice the full connotations behind certain actions or phrases unless they themselves are in those situations.
Ginny and Georgia is relevant, riveting and leaves you wanting more. A show that combines the authenticity of the ‘real world’ with the drama we all look for from a Netflix production.
Words by JBayleyWrites for Female First.
Emily in Paris allows viewers to enjoy the vicarious getaway it brings them at a time when an escape from mundanity may feel out of reach. The title character of Netflix’s new weekend binge pick, is living out a dream we have all had of packing a bag, picking up and moving to the ‘City of Love’. If that is not enough to bring a green hue to your face, she is enjoying all the Parisian perfections while working her dream job in a very The Devil Wears Prada fashion...