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Love it or Leave it: "Ginny and Georgia"

By Frances Lin

"Ginny & Georgia," a Netflix original series that first premiered in February 2021, follows the adventures of a single mother, Georgia, and her two children, Ginny and Austin. The family moves to a small town in Massachusetts, attempting to begin a new chapter while facing the difficulties and secrets of their past.

"Ginny & Georgia" topped the Netflix TV charts from January 2 to January 8 when season two premiered. Many were excited and anticipated the coming of the second season. There were mixed reviews and ratings. Several viewers praised the show's strong acting and diverse representation. Others criticized the show for its inconsistent tone, underdeveloped characters and occasional use of stereotypes, as well as the characters' fashion choices, claiming that they are out of touch with what real teenagers wear.

“The party scenes, they are an over-exaggeration of what actual teenage parties look like,” senior Adrianna Gomes said.

One comment of "Ginny and Georgia" has been its representation of teenage culture, notably TikTok and “Gen Z” language. Many felt the use of TikTok dances and terminology felt outdated and forced.

“I didn't really think that the terminology used was that accurate; there were definitely terms that were used that were outdated and some that I had never even heard of,” senior Alison Leontis said.

Artwork by Ashwathi Chemban

Some fans question the pop culture references present on "Ginny & Georgia." Many viewers have noticed how Ginny and Georgia juxtapose each other.

Some viewers have also stated that the main characters, Georgia and Ginny, are unlikable. Georgia is frequently portrayed as manipulative and self-centered, whereas Ginny is portrayed as moody and difficult. Because of these negative portrayals, some viewers found it difficult to connect with the characters and invest in their journeys.

As of January 2023, Sarah Lampert, one of the showrunners for the series, stated that there has not been any talk with Netflix about producing season three. Despite some criticism, fans are still eager and excited for a possible third season.

“I am definitely looking forward to season three because I am dying to know what's going on with Abby and Press,” eighth-grader Grace Kuskowski said.

Fans will have to wait to see what the future holds for “Ginny and Georgia.”


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