Ginny & Georgia: desperate times calls for desperate measures



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By Joleigh Jackson, Section Editor

“Ginny & Georgia,” starring Antonia Gentry (Ginny), Brianne Howey (Georgia), Diesel La Torraca (Austin), Felix Mallard (Marcus) and Sara Waisglass (Maxine), is about a girl and her family who find a fresh start in Wellsbury, Massachusetts after spending years running from their past. Ginny and her mother, Georgia, make an impression on everyone because Wellsbury is mostly a wealthy, white town with women above the age of 30 who have children, but Georgia does not fit the Wellsbury mold because she was a teenage mother who has a biracial daughter.

In the pilot episode the story starts out with a funeral of Ginny’s stepdad, Kenny, who passed away from having a heart attack while driving. The family didn’t seem too upset about what happened. Ginny’s mom, Georgia, especially didn’t seem upset, since throughout the story it is revealed that she only married Kenny for his money. 

Ginny has a political outburst in front of her new class which catches the eye of everyone, especially Maxine who is quickly mesmerized by Ginny’s confidence and invites her into her rebellious squad. In her new friend group she meets a guy named Hunter. Ginny and Hunter end up dating, but because of her mixed emotions about another guy she meets, Marcus, Ginny is left stressed and confused in the relationship which ultimately ends with a breakup. Georgia’s past comes to light when it is found out that Kenny was actually poisoned with a flower that causes heart failure which leads to the heart attack that ultimately killed him. As the police are starting to come to a close on this, Georgia becomes exceedingly worried about her kids finding out the truth about who she is.

I would give this show a 5/5 because “Ginny & Georgia” has an upbeat energy that is really enjoyable to watch. I feel like there was a lot of good comedy and family moments that gave me a heartwarming feeling. I also think the actors nailed the emotional and comedic aspects of the show and that was one of the things I loved so much. The music was also phenomenal, it really matched with the emotions being displayed on screen and the music was just up-to-date and easy to listen to. One thing that caught my attention was the fact it touches on many sensitive topics like teen pregnancy, self-harm and language that could be sensitive to some people. However, I’m not sure how accurate this would reflect a real day-to-day high school experience.

While watching the show I felt like I had a bit of a connection to Ginny because she has a father who, despite only showing up every now and then, has a good connection with her. This show allowed me to hope that one day I’ll be able to have the connection she has with her father. Even if it doesn’t really relate to you, it does express that growing up gives you a lot of responsibility that can feel overwhelming.