3 Reasons I Loved Netflix Series ‘Ginny and Georgia’

Welcome back for another series review 🙂

I recently tried the new series ‘Ginny and Georgia’ on Netflix- and despite the crack at Taylor Swift and the strange vibe of the show- I really enjoyed it.

‘Ginny and Georgia’ follows the story of Georgia, a young single Mum from the South, and her two children, Ginny and Austin. Ginny is almost 16, older than Georgia was when she had her, and the show starts with their move to Wellsbury, a small suburban town in Massachusetts. This is the fresh start they need after the death of Georgia’s latest husband, and Ginny hopes the family can actually settle down here.

Georgia is clearly a troubled character, and her family background is a mystery. It’s clear that she’s been through something, and she is always looking for ways to be more powerful and secure in herself. She chooses to deceive and plot to elevate her status in society- and as the show goes on, it’s clear that she has her secrets.

She continually conceals the details of her troubled background from her children, and keeps herself guarded as she tries to make the best possible life for her children.

As the show goes on, it’s clear that Ginny also has her own set of troubles. She begins to settle into her new life, making friends at school and even going out with Hunter, one of the most popular boys at school.

Ginny finally feels like she belongs, and yet she also has her secrets. It’s clear that everything with Hunter isn’t perfect, and Ginny can’t help but have feelings for Marcus, her best friend’s brother.

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I’m not ashamed to say that I binge-watched this show in less than a week- it was funny, touching, and the storyline really kept me gripped until the very end.

Below, find 3 reasons I loved the Netflix series ‘Ginny and Georgia’- and why I think you should give it a try!

Realistic Themes

One thing I love about this show was how it manages to capture the immaturity of the young characters, while also openly discussing real-life issues that are not always shown on screen.

For example, there is honest discussion about porn, virginity, orgasms, periods, the morning after pill, sexting, and more.

All these issues are very real things affecting young people across the world, but it’s rare to see them shown in such an obvious, raw, and real way.

The show also flashed back to Georgia’s unhappy childhood, tackling abuse and teenage pregnancy. It felt like this show was original in its portrayal of the “not-so-pretty” things about sex, love, and growing up- and I really enjoyed this open discussion, particularly among the young people in the show.

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It is Modern and Refreshing

‘Ginny and Georgia’ felt very modern and refreshing. Ginny was outspoken about issues that were important to her, and I loved how she protested the white, male authors taught in her English class.

The show managed to toe the line between being outspoken about current, important issues- and still managing to stay funny and full of fantastic, gripping action.

I liked that this series discussed the struggles facing people of colour living in America- and especially those who have mixed heritage. For example, Ginny is mixed race and Hunter is half Taiwanese- and both these characters honestly discuss what it’s like to live in America and feel like they are part of two different worlds.

The bathroom discussion between Ginny and Bracia, a female student of colour at the high school, is particularly telling- pointing out the way white society sees itself- and how racism doesn’t always have to be aggressive or overt to be considered racist, offensive, and harmful.

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The Characters

I also loved the range of characters in this show, and the characters are what made the series ‘Ginny and Georgia’ so interesting. There was loud-mouthed Maxine and brooding Marcus; quiet, shy Joe; and the “perfect” boyfriend Hunter.

This show was full of unique, realistic characters with immature, honest flaws. For example, Ginny wasn’t a bad person- and yet some of the things she did were bad. She was figuring out who she was, and what she wanted. Did she like Marcus or Hunter? Could she love two boys at once? Should she explore expressing herself sexually?

This can be such a hard time for a young person as they try to navigate who they are and who they want to be, and I thought the show built very realistic characters from this.

I also loved observing the character of Georgia. She is such a strong, unique, troubled character- and even now I’m not sure how I feel about her. The way she tried to move on from her troubled past was interesting and disturbing to watch.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this show, and I’m glad I gave it a go. It was fully of real characters and raw, important discussions about race, contraception, love, sex, and gender. I recommend watching this show, and I loved following the storylines of these vivid female characters.

Have you binge-watched ‘Ginny and Georgia’? Do you enjoy this type of series? What’s your favourite Netflix find this year so far?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Happy reading x

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79 thoughts

  1. I binged it! Overall I really liked it, don’t get me wrong some bits were really cringey! But I think it was good, like you said it managed to tackle real issues while keeping it fun and interesting!

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  2. This is on my list to watch. I sounds amazing. I have still trying to catch up with some many series out at the moment. This is a great post. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. It sounds like a really interesting show and originally, I was excited about the idea of a Gilmore Girls meets Dead to Me kind of vibe (that’s how it was described). However, I couldn’t find it in myself to watch it after I saw the news about how they dissed Taylor Swift. It just felt really ugly after the success of Miss Americana. I also heard some really negative feedback about it from others who share the same TV tastes as myself. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’ll be one that I watch, but I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It’s always really cool to me to see how everyone views shows differently!

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    1. I was annoyed by the dismissive comment about Taylor Swift too, but I think the fact that the series discusses such important issues really made it a great (and important) watch to understand race and gender relations in the US.- I’ve never watched anything like it!

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  4. I’m currently binge watching all 7 series of Once Upon A Time so until I finish that I daren’t get sidetracked into anything else, haha. But this sounds like a good series too – if it’s still around after OUAT I’ll definitely check it out 🙂

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  5. I have heard mixed reviews about this show but had no clue what it was. I don’t get around to watching a lot of the mainstream shows just because I haven’t had time to invest, but you really give a detailed explanation of what the show is about. Really good work!

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    1. Yes me too, that’s why I was intrigued- I knew nothing going in except that opinion was divided! Thank you Shyla, I understand that it can be hard finding the time to watch shows such as this one x

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  6. I binged this, too! And I had so many of the same thoughts as you. I’m loving all of the female-centred plotlines and shows that have been popping up over the past few years. Growing up, I always felt like the women I saw on TV were pretty unrecognisable to me. They didn’t have many of the strengths, vulnerabilities, quirks, desires or interests that I saw in myself and my friends. So I love that that’s starting to change! Thanks for sharing this thoughtful review (and reminding me how much I want a series 2 of this show!) x

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    1. Yes me too, female centred shows are the best and it’s great to see realistic storylines discussing race and gender openly 🙂 yes that’s such a good point, I love that you feel we now have more relatable, flawed, honest characters with whom to relate! Thank you, I want a series 2 too 🙂 x

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  7. I really like the show too. It’s refreshing and entertaining, very well written. The characters follow their story arcs, without getting lost, what usually happens in this mother and daughter shows, when they want to modernize the mom because she had the baby while a teenager. Georgia still plays the mom card very well. It’s fiction but we all have a “penguin” in our lives at some point.
    The show is awesome, thanks for writing about it!

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  8. I have read so many mixed reviews about it, but to be honest, after watching the trailer I am quite interested in watching it, mostly for what it discusses race, sex periods. Thank you for sharing your review x

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  9. I noticed this on Netflix, but honestly assumed it would be another typical ‘Netflix original’ that’s average-at-best and says nothing new so never considered watching – it sounds like I mis-judged it, and that it was a lot deeper than I appreciated. I’ll have to give it a watch

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  10. I haven’t heard of this one before but fantastic review. This sounds like a really enjoyable watch – it’s great that they’ve managed to get the balance right with the sensitive topics.

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