I just finished binging Younger on Amazon Prime. I really enjoyed the show. I even learned a bit about the publishing world, assuming how the show portrayed publishing is somewhat realistic.
Younger TV show is a comedy romance series that was first aired in 2015. The show is about a single mother, Liza Miller, who is mistaken to be younger than she is, and it gives her an idea to start her life over. She starts her love life and her career as a twenty-six-year-old. In reality, Liza is 40 years old.
She has a teenage daughter and is divorced. Her marriage failed because her ex-husband had a gambling addiction. The show has seven seasons, with the 7th season being the last one. The show was first aired on 31st March 2015, and the 7th season ended on 10th June 2021.
When Liza decides to reboot her career as a twenty-six-year-old, she lands a job in publishing, which has always been her dream job. At first, she successfully conceals her actual age, but she realizes that her secret is hurting those closest to her as time goes by. Therefore, her plan is not as perfect as she thought it was. As the season wraps up, Liza, through her personal and professional lows and highs, is learning that the truth is so much better compared to fiction.
The show is based on the 2005 novel “Younger” written by Pamela Redmond Satran, and is produced and created by Darren Star. The starring actor Liza Miller is played by Sutton Foster, who fakes her age to get a job. Some of the co-stars in a significant supporting role in the first season include Nico Tortorella, Hillary Duff, Miriam Shor, and Debi Mazar. In the second season, Peter Hermann and Molly Bernard, who were in recurring roles in the first season, are regulars.
The show is set up in New York, and you see the transformation in Liza’s life as the TV show progresses. If you love Younger, you will love The Bold Type, New Girl, and Dead to Me. Discussed below are TV shows similar to younger worth giving a try, in no particular order.
The Bold Type
This show is a drama-comedy TV show revolving around the lives of three women, Jane, Kat, and Sutton, who are friends. These three friends work for a magazine called Scarlet, and they live in New York City.
The show gives the audience a glimpse into the love and personal life of the three best friends and shows how they lean on each other for support as they navigate their personal lives and careers where they have to find their voices. It shows how they explore their identity, sexuality, fashion, and love together.
The show starts with Jane starting her career as a new writer of Scarlet magazine after she has worked as an assistant and struggles to find her voice. Kat, the social media director at Scarlet, is secure in her job until she meets Adeana, a photographer, and begins exploring her sexuality. Lastly, Sutton is secretly seeing Richard Hunter, an attorney and a board member at Scarlet. Sutton also decides to change her career and lands a position as a fashion assistant for Scarlet.
Unlike the TV show Younger, no one conceals their age in The Bold Type, but you get a glimpse of women excelling in a career they love, workplace romance, and female friendship. As with the TV show Younger, it is entertaining to watch these women navigate their everyday life.
This TV show series has 5season, the first season was aired on 20th June 2017, and the 5th and final season were premiered on 26th May 2021. The starring actors of this show are Aisha Dee, Katie Stevens, and Meghann Fahy. Other major supporting actors are Sam Page, Melora Hardin, Matt ward, Stephen Conrad Moore, and Nikohl Boosheri.
The show is created by Sarah Wattson and was inspired by the career and life of Joanna Coles, the executive producer of the show, who was Cosmopolitan Magazine’s chief-in-editor. The show has had 14 nominations and won two awards, Reframe and Women’s Image Network Awards.
New Girl is a comedy TV show about Jess Day portrayed by Zooey Deschanel, who needs somewhere to live after a terrible breakup. She finds an excellent loft after searching online, except three other guys stay there, but she does not know them.
Jess learns to move on once she has moved in and gotten support from her new roommates. Jess and her three roommates, Schmidt, Nick, and Winston, and her best friend, Cece, realize they need each other and end up becoming family. An interesting family.
The similarity between Younger and New Girl is that the show revolves around Jess, as it revolved around Liza when it begins. However, as both TV shows progress, the focus slowly shifts to the supporting characters, which gives both shows more depth.
New Girl was first aired in 2011 and last aired on 15th May 2018. Other starring actors in this series are Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Larmone Morris, Damon Wayans Jr, Hannah Simone, Rihannon Rockoff, and Danielle Rockoff.
Dead to Me
Dead to Me is a dark comedy TV series that intertwines the lives of a free spirit and a widow who are both grieving, and they meet and bond in a grief support group. Jen has been recently widowed and is mourning her husband, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
This series is a Netflix original that was premiered on 3rd May 2019. It was renewed for the third and final season in July 2020 and has received a couple of Primetime Emmy Awards. The show’s stars are Judy, portrayed by Linda Cardellini, and Jen, performed by Christina Applegate. Other starring actors are Max Jenkins, James Marsden, Luke Roessier, and Sam McCarthy.
Dead to Me is a dry-humored show that features women as the lead. As with Younger, the characters are interesting to watch, and they are real and beautifully flawed. However, the primary similarity it has with Younger is they both have secrets to hide.
Fleabag is a tragicomedy British TV show that revolves around a free-spirited, sexually active, confused, and angry young woman, Fleabag, living in London.
This show has two seasons. The first one was first shown on 21st July 2016 and the last on 8th April 2019. Phoebe Wall-Bridge is the main star, and she also wrote and created the series. Other supporting characters are Sian Clifford and Andrew Scott.
Harry Bradbeer and Tim Kirby direct the series.
Fleabag is similar to Younger in that they fall under the same realm, but Fleabag has more edge to it, laughs, and a similarly powerful cast.
The show is mostly a one-woman show and has been nominated and won several awards. Some of the awards it won include broadcast awards, primetime Emmy awards, British academy television awards, Peabody awards, golden globe awards, Critic’s choice television awards, and primetime creative arts Emmy Awards.
Teachers is a sitcom that follows the lives of six female elementary teachers. The series was first shown on 13th January 2016, has three seasons, with the third season having been aired on 19th March 2019. The starring actors in this series are Caitlin Barlow, Kathryn Renee Thomas, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katy Colloton, and Katie O’Brien.
Teachers, as the title suggests, revolves around the lives of teachers. While it may not be anything close to publishing on a professional spectrum, the show has similarities with Younger. Teachers like Younger also focus on the lives of the female leads who are strong, hilarious, and trying to maneuver through life how they best know.
Sex and The City
This show is a comedy TV series that gives a glimpse into four women who are friends but have different goals and lives. Carrie, who Sarah Jessica portrays, is a writer in New York who draws her inspiration from life in the city.
Her best friends Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda join her, and the show gives an overview of friendship between women in their thirties, their sex life, being single, and relationships and the ups and downs they face. The show stars Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall.
Darren Star is also behind the popular sex and the city, so that is one thing in common this show has with Younger. It also revolves around the lives of female characters and how they navigate their life hurdles and different goals. So like Younger, you see the focus on the intricacies of friendship.
The series is based on a book by Candace Bushnell. The show has six seasons, and it first aired on 6th June 1998 and last aired on 22nd February 2004. The show also has two feature films. It has won multiple awards, including eight golden globe awards and seven Emmy awards. They announced an upcoming sequel called “And Just Like That,” which will be launched on HBO max.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a comedy-drama TV series that portrays the life of Miriam Maisel, who, after separating from her husband, ventures into the comedy world. Miriam has been a stay-at-home mother and was her husband’s biggest cheerleader at his comedy shows. The show is based in the 1950s, and Rachel Brosnahan portrays Miriam.
The setting of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and that of Younger may be from two different eras but are more similar than you may think. Just like Liza, Miriam chose to pursue a career in comedy after she separates from her husband.
The series first aired on 17th March 2017. So far, it has three seasons but was renewed for its fourth season on 12th December 2019. It has won multiple awards, such as the golden globe award and primetime Emmy award. The show also stars Jane Lynch, Alex Borstein, Caroline Aaron, Marin Hinkle, Tony Shalhoub, Kevin Pollak, and Michael Zegen.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
This TV show is a sitcom showing the life of Kimmy, portrayed by Ellie Kemper, who was rescued from a doomsday cult where a reverend had held her and three other women for fifteen years. She decides to start over by moving to New York.
This show is also set up in New York like Younger, and it revolves around the life of Kimmy, who wants to explore the world. Although Kimmy was locked up and had not settled for a complacent life as Liza had, like Liza, she pursues her dream, albeit a different one.
The show first aired on 6th March in 2011 and has four seasons. The fourth and final seasoned aired on 25th January 2019. Other starring actors include Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess, and Carol Kane.
This TV show is a period drama following the lives of four young women and how their lives change when they start working for a telecommunication company. They all have different reasons for joining the company but end up forming a close friendship and help each other navigate through life.
Although this show is set in the 1920s, it has some similarities with Younger. Younger focuses on the lie about Liza’s age to those closest to her. Cable Girls also has its secrets, female friendships, a stolen identity, and love triangles.
It was first aired in April 2017 and had five seasons, with the last season ending in July 2020. This TV show stars Bianca Suarez, Nadia de Santiago, Maggie Civantos, Ana Maria Polvorosa, and Ana Fernandez Garcia.
This show is a romantic comedy TV series that stars Amy, portrayed by Rita Volk, and Karma, performed by Katie Stevens. This show follows the life of two teens in a high school where being different is what makes you popular. They are invited to a house party where people assume they are a lesbian couple, and this gains them popularity, which they ride on.
This show is similar to Younger because Karma and her best friend Amy, just like Liza, have had to lie to get something they want. After their lie works, they still keep at it.
The show has a total of 3 seasons. The first season aired on 22nd April 2014 and last aired on 17th May 2016. Other starring actors include Bailey De Young, Gregg Sulkin, and Michael Willet.
This TV series is a comedy-drama that focuses on the friendship of two black girls Molly portrayed by Yvonne Orji, and Issa, portrayed by Issa Rae. They are close, sharing their struggles in the African American community, friendship, and as individuals.
Anyone who is a fan of Younger will enjoy Insecure because they have some similarities. Like Younger, Insecure focuses on female friendships and how Molly and Issa navigate their careers, dating, and finding a balance in their friendship.
The show was first premiered on 23rd September 2016. It has four seasons, and HBO announced that the fifth season would be the last one. Other starring actors include Lisa Joyce, Jay Ellis, Amanda Seales, Kendrick Sampson, Alexander Hodge, Y’lan Noel, and Natasha Rothwell. The show has been nominated severally and won multiple awards like the Peabody awards, primetime creative arts Emmy Awards, and Satelite awards.
Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce
This TV show is a comedy-drama that follows the life of Abby, who is facing an impending divorce. She is a self-help author, and during this period, she finds solace in new friends.
Like Liza, who decided to restart her life after her divorce, Abby also goes through a divorce and learns how to navigate life after the divorce with help from new friends.
The show has a total of five seasons. The first season was aired on 2nd December 2014 and last aired on 19th July 2018. Other starring actors include Beau Garret, Paul Adelstein, Necar Zadegan, Alanna Ubach Retta, and Janeane Garofalo.
Grace and Frankie
This is a comedy TV series following the lives of two women, Gracie and Frankie, who did not like each other until their husbands announce that they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The show stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
The show is similar to Younger but with a little bit more drama and laughs. It is about two women navigating life after finding out about their husband’s secret.
The series has six seasons at the moment and was renewed for its seventh and last season. The first season was first aired on 8th March 2015. Other starring characters include Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, Martin Sheen, Baron Vaughn, Sam Waterston, and June Diane Raphael.
This TV show is a comedy-drama series with only one season, which first aired on 11th June 2013 and was canceled after one season. It follows the life of Michelle portrayed by Sutton Foster, a showgirl who gets married and loses her husband in a car accident then ends up teaching ballet alongside her mother-in-law. Other starring actors from the show include Julia Goldani Telles, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Emma Dumont, and Bailey De Young.
If you would like to see more of Liza from Younger, then you will enjoy Bunheads. however, Michelle does no go through a divorce but loses her husband and navigates life with her mother in law and they teach dance which is something she is passionate about.
This show is a Drama TV series that centers on the life of Rachel, Portrayed by Shiri Appleby, who is a producer for a dating reality show and is under pressure to make the show popular. She manipulates the show’s contestants to get the kind of reaction they seek from viewers.
Like Liza from Younger, Rachel is on a mission to retrieve her career. This shows are similar because the lead characters are women who are both working on their careers.
The show has four seasons. The first season was aired on 1st June 2015, and the final season was aired on 16th July 2018. The show was nominated for multiple awards and some of the awards they won include Critic’s choice television awards and Peabody awards. Other starring actors include Aline Elasmar, Freddy Stromma, Craig Bierko, Johanna Braddy, Josh Kelly, and Nathalie Kelly.