Where to begin? When I set out to review the new Netflix teen show Ginny and Georgia, I was optimistic, unsure of what I would be watching. The trailer didn’t give too much away, which intrigued me, and I wondered what would be so interesting about the life of a mother and daughter. What was so special about this show that set it apart from any other movie about a mother-daughter relationship? That was before I watched Ginny and Georgia and realised there was something entirely different about this duo.
Long story short, Georgia was fifteen when she had Virginia and now, Ginny (Virginia) is the same age her mother was when she gave birth to her. The story starts – or so we think – at the time when Georgia loses her current husband: Kenny, who is also the stepfather to Ginny and and her nine year old half-brother Austin. This causes the three of them to move to Wellsbury, Massachussets, not a rare occurrence for the family as it is revealed they move around often.
This is a ‘new start’ for everyone after a terrible loss. Especially for Ginny, as she gains a social life, something she has never had before. Stuck behind her glitzy, glamorous mum’s shadow and always being the new girl never gained her many friends. However, now being a part of MANG (Maxine, Abby, Norah, Ginny) allows her to take part in the stereotypical, average teen life, full of alcohol, parties and drugs. Plus, with two guys falling at her feet, Ginny is finally a normal teenage girl.
Peace doesn’t last for long though, as we begin to see flashbacks of Georgia’s childhood and her life when she had Ginny. Everything is indistinguishable and we can’t piece together who Georgia really is. Her life was a mess and as the season progresses, we see her past secrets catch up to her, damaging her relationship with Ginny.
It seems Georgia isn’t really Georgia as secrets of the past are revealed alongside secrets of the present. Can Georgia really create this perfect family after everything that’s happened? And can Ginny deal with the pressures of her new life, how can she tell her mum what’s going on with her social life when she doesn’t trust her? We really see this breaking of a mother-daughter bond all because of dark secrets surrounding the past and present.
I loved this series; I really didn’t think I would. The first few episodes were intriguing, but not enough to get me hooked. And yet I am now obsessed, I have that feeling when you finish a series and you don’t know what to do with yourself. The constant lies and deception as we uncover the truth alongside Ginny and Georgia, I honestly cannot remember every single thing that happened because the storyline is so detailed and entwined. Not only watching the storyline of Georgia’s sketchy past and Ginny’s present teen life but the side plots of Ginny’s friends, love interests, the new election for mayor that Georgia gets involved in. Everything. I highly recommend this series, it ends on a cliffhanger every single episode and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. And trust me, you won’t be ready for every twist and turn…
Ginny & Georgia will be available to stream on Netflix from February 24th
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