Netflix's 'Ginny & Georgia' Is Like 'Gilmore Girls' on Steroids

The new melodrama is familiar enough to be comforting and weird enough to be immensely watchable.


Netflix’s new drama series Ginny & Georgia begs comparison. “We’re like the Gilmore Girls, but with bigger boobs,” the titular Georgia chirps in the pilot. So, yeah, the show isn’t even hiding the fact that it’s basically a funhouse mirror version of Gilmore Girls, taking its basic premise and upping the drama to ridiculous levels.

Watching Ginny & Georgia, I was initially surprised by just how much it reflects its predecessor beyond even the obvious: Now 30-year-old former teen mom Georgia moves her 15-year-old daughter Ginny to a cutesy New England town. There’s a local cafe run by a hunk (Raymond Ablack) with whom Georgia has undeniable chemistry despite being romantically involved elsewhere. Ginny (Antonia Gentry) is almost immediately part of a love triangle involving a “nice boy” and a “bad boy.” Wellsbury, Massachusetts-like Stars Hollow before it-has goofy traditions, including competitive Halloween decorating. Georgia is constantly drawn back into the arms of Ginny’s father, a hot guy who rides a motorcycle. There’s even a crucial first season sweet 16 episode, just like in Gilmore Girls.


But Ginny & Georgia, created by Sarah Lampert, is also way more The CW than The WB. By that, I mean: Gilmore Girls defines The WB the same as Gossip Girl and Riverdale do The CW. Ginny & Georgia is a nighttime (or whatever time of day you want-this is Netflix) soap more than Gilmore Girls ever was. (Remember how Rory didn’t lose her virginity until the end of Season 4?) Ginny and her friends are frank about sex and having it. They also drink. A lot. And Georgia’s baggage goes a lot further than stuffy rich parents who she disappointed. She’s a runaway from an abusive home, whose desire to make life better for her children-Ginny and her son from another father, Austin-verges on sociopathy. She’s not just a cool mom, she’s also a budding crime lord, who has gone from running illegal poker rings to some light embezzlement to more serious offences. She’s Lorelai crossed with Walter White all filtered through Scarlett O’Hara, a personal hero of Georgia’s, never mind the fact that she has a half-Black daughter and Gone with the Wind is one of the most insidiously racist texts in American pop culture.

If Gilmore Girls on melodramatic steroids seems fun to you, well, Ginny & Georgia is, actually. It’s a flawed but incredibly watchable series, anchored by two strong performances from Howery and Gentry. Though the first season is simultaneously overstuffed and overlong-another 10, 53-minute episode series from Netflix!-it’s almost always engaging, throwing in plot twists, surprise visitors, and romantic intrigue. A lot happens: Georgia starts to work for the handsome town mayor running for reelection, Ginny falls in with a wild but close-knit clique, one of Ginny’s suitors performs a happy birthday tap dance for her. (Is Gen Z really into tap dance? I don’t know. The sequence is weird.) At the same time, these hours of television only begin to scratch the surface of some of the more interesting questions raised, especially when it comes to Ginny and her struggles with acceptance and identity as a mixed race girl raised by a white parent in a largely white suburb.

It’s specifics like that which make Ginny & Georgia more distinctive than what came before it, and yet a generic quality-evident in the bland Spotify-core soundtrack, flat visual style, and references that already seem dated-stifles its novelty. (The title of the finale is a callout to a 2-year-old Kylie Jenner feud.) Ginny & Georgia is perfect background TV: familiar enough to be comforting, but with enough of its own weird energy to let Netflix’s autoplay jump into the next episode.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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