Is Ginny and Georgia a series for teens or their parents?

I've always loved teen series - I enjoyed watching more Bevverly Hills 90210 and knew Blair's outfits from Gossip Girl by heart.

High school TV series have definitely taken a new level in the 2020s. The most popular and significant ones are:

"Sex Education", a colourful and epathetic 4 seasons about the importance of not only education but also sex education

"Euphoria" with its neon aesthetic and bleak look at high school life under a drug veneer

"Stranger Things" and its otherworldly atmosphere

"Riverdale," based on Archie Comics.

and many more great stories that not only take us back to high school/middle school, but also prove to be very interesting for "older" students, i.e. adult viewers.
One of those shows is "Ginny and Georgia." It is just such a real school series, here you have a small town, and homework, and all misunderstood teenager Ginny, and a love triangle.

But there's more - the very young mum of the main character is actually the second main character, Georgia, and her female line is every bit as good as the teenage one. Both arcs are very important, vivid and complete, so it turns out to be not just a high school series, but also a female series, for parents.

Let's break down what interesting storytelling techniques we see in the story "Ginny and Georgia". And you write in the comments if you've noticed something interesting!

After the death of her stepfather, Ginny has to balance being the new girl at school and the only responsible figure in the family. However, she soon finds a new friend, Maxine Baker, and a love interest - Max's twin brother, Marcus.

As the Millers try to settle into their new life, secrets from Georgia's past return and jeopardise a new life for her and her children...
The first thing we see is a young mum to the point of absurdity. Georgia gave birth to Ginny when she herself was 15, and now, in her 30s, she looks more like a supermodel than the head of the family.

In addition, she is modern, who understands everything that is going on around and in the soul of the young creature, and it seems that she should not be an abusive parent. But as it happens, she turns out to be a tyrant too, just from the other side.
The whole show is tied up in names. Apart from the colourful Georgia, Virginia and Austin - names given by state - there is a great emphasis on affectionate nicknames, so-called pet names:

- Georgia calls Jeannie Peaches. It turns out that Jeannie's father Zian called Georgia that too.
- Ginny doesn't like to be called by her full name, Virginia
- Zayan also calls Ginny "Bear" as a pet nickname.
- Gil calls Georgia "G," though since they're no longer together, she doesn't like it.
- Ginny's boyfriend Marcus starts calling her "Winnie" (after a book character), but she doesn't really agree with it.

The theme of friendship

As in any teen series, the theme of friendship is very vividly raised here. After all, youth is just that time when friends are of great importance to a person. And in "Ginny and Georgia" it is clearly seen how selfish friendship can be, when everyone expects everyone around them to think about their problems, not their own.

Parents are human beings too

One of the pluses of modern TV series, including Ginny and Georgia, is that we are now shown parents not as holy absolutes, but as ordinary people with their own problems.

It may seem that Georgia acts like she is still a teenager herself. This is partly because she loves her children and wants them to be happy. Ginny, on the other hand, pretends to be mature and responsible, but are the adult things she actually does?
Ellen and Clint present a more realistic image of the family: although they display a reasonable open-mindedness about parenting in a modern setting, they have natural and expected disagreements.

Georgia is very attractive, and boys her daughter's age certainly notice that.
What's unusual is that Ginny's father, Zian, is also very handsome, and she watches in disgust as the girls at her school cast appraising glances at him, complaining that she wants to have unattractive parents in her next life.

The series also raises the important issue of self-harm in adolescents and domestic violence in adults.

The phrase "It's nothing personal" that Georgia says to her rival is an Ironic Echo.
That is, it is purposely the same phrase, chosen to emphasise the "answerer".

Minority representatives

- Hunter, who is of East Asian and white descent, is the only Asian in the school.

- Clive Baker is deaf, the only disabled character.

- Joe is the only coloured man in town, played by Indo-Guanesian Canadian Raymond Ablak.

- Breisha - the only black girl in Wellsbury (not counting Ginny) that we see in several scenes. They even discuss that Ginny is sometimes seen as a "thing" by other people. This changes in season two when several more black girls appear on the show (they are friends of Breisha's).

- Max and Ginny's friend Nora, played by a Filipino-Canadian actor, is adopted by white parents.
- Max's love interest is Sophie, a Latina who has had relationships with both guys and girls. She is the only Latina on the show so far.

- Padma is the only woman of South Asian descent and is played by Indo-Guanesian-Canadian actress Rebecca Ablak. Raymond Ablak plays the role of Joe and his sister Rebecca plays Padma, one of his co-workers. Padma jokes that he is like a big brother to her with Ginny.

Although the characters in the film are American, most of the supporting roles were played by Canadians, including Nikki Rumel (young Georgia), Mason Temple (Hunter), Sarah Weisglass (Max), Umberly Gonzalez (Sophie), Raymond Ablak (Joe), Katie Douglas (Abby), Chelsea Clark (Nora), Jonathan Potts (Mr Gitten) and Sabrina Gredwich (Cynthia Fuller), as filming took place in Ontario.

References in the series to other works

Georgia says that she and Ginny are like the Gillmore girls. It's a show from the early 2000s with a similar plot, where a mum and daughter arrive in a new town and start building a new life there

There are so many references in Austen's behaviour to the cultural phenomenon of"Harry Potter".

We see very vivid and unusual applications of the technique of "Betty and Veronica" - the love triangle, the specifics of which I described here.
Watch your hands:

- Ginny is Archie here for Hunter (Betty) and Marcus (Veronica). She starts dating Hunter as it is easier with him, but after feeling attracted to Marcus, she cheats on him.

- Complicating matters is her mother Georgia. She is Archie to Paul (the mayor of the town, fitting the image of the ideal man, here he is Betty) and Zian (her ex-boyfriend and also her seduction, so he is Veronica), and to Joe she is Cheryl (as a third option)!
Ginny is a real daddy's girl, Daddy's girl, and her problems are not Daddy issues, but Mommy issues. Although it's usually dads who have misunderstandings with heroines her age.

And Georgia definitely has a dark and troubled past - a dark and troubled past.

And they both have a disappeared dad, a missing father, which of course affects both heroines.

"Ginny and Georgia" is a simple and entertaining series that is great to watch in the evenings during the week. Did you enjoy the series?