So back in January, I broke my fifth metatarsal in my left foot. I tripped over something in the living room and at first, I thought I just did a number on myself. After a few hours, I realized something was broken and off to the hospital I went. After a few x-rays, I found out that I had a broken bone in my foot. The doctor told me it was an “Unremarkable” break. Which has stuck with me and been the source of many jokes.
Our home is two levels, but only has a bathroom on the top floor. Something that is kind of a drag when you have a broken foot. Now, I imagine if I was thinner, younger, or in better shape, having this set up might have only been a mild inconvenience. Unfortunately for me, just getting from the bedroom to the bathroom was a challenge, so I ended up spending a few weeks trapped upstairs.
I will say that during this time, my husband took excellent care of me. He somehow managed to work full time, take care of our son, and take care of me all at the same time. I don’t know how he does it, but when things get tough, he finds a way to make it all work.
As you can imagine, being trapped in your bedroom for weeks gets pretty boring. I had my Samsung Galaxy Tablet to mess around with. I could check email, facebook, all the basic nothings you do on the internet. But what I really seemed to do the most was watch television. There were some things I watched live every day, like our local news, but there’s only so much Ellen a person can take before they are reaching for the remote.
Hulu and my Amazon Fire TV Stick became my best friend during those long, boring weeks. I watched the entire Scrubs series, which I absolutely loved. Spoiler.. don’t even try to watch the little extra series they made after the show ended. It’s horrible.
I devoured the entire Malcolm in the Middle series, and let me tell you, there’s very little tv that compares to the brilliance that is Malcolm in the Middle. That show was one of the best ever produced. I highly recommend that one if you are like me, and never got around to watching it.
After I finished all those comedies, somehow I stumbled on Younger. It’s a fun, little half hour show on TV Land. Basically the premise is that it’s about a 40 something woman, who finds out her husband is cheating on her, has lost all their money, and she has to start over. She has dedicated the last 20ish years to taking care of her family and not working. She heads out into the world to try to get a job and finds that no one will hire her. One of her friends convinces her she can pass for someone in their 20’s and that she should lie on her resume to get a job. Of course that works, and now she has to juggle people who know her as Liza the 40 year old and all her new friends who now think she’s 20 something.
Being a 40 year old mom myself, I never once looked at Liza and thought she pulled off 20, but this is TV and it’s fun to pretend. It only took me a couple episodes to be completely hooked and I think it took me about 4 or 5 days to watch the entire series that was available on Hulu.
The show is now running in it’s 5th season and even though I have to wait a week in between episodes, I find that they are the highlight of my week. I’ve come to love all the characters and look forward to each little installment.
Part of the story line is that Liza’s boss has a wife who walked out on him a year earlier. She just sort of vanished and when she returned, she’d written a book called Marriage Vacation. Since the show is so popular among it’s fan base, they actually had someone write Marriage Vacation from the perspective of Charles’ wife. I downloaded it on my Kindle and read it a few weeks ago. It was sort of a guilty pleasure book. It isn’t going to win a Pulitzer Prize, but having that little extra piece of the puzzle in the narrative of this show was fun to digest.
Marriage Vacation was a nice read, although I had a hard time picturing the woman they cast as Charles’ wife, Pauline, being the character in the book. Maybe it was just my own issue, but the woman who came back was very whiny and needy. She didn’t strike me as someone who went through the things book Pauline wrote about. She should have been empowered. Stronger. Just a different woman than what I was seeing on screen.
All of that being said, I’m enjoying watching this season unfold. The relationship Liza and Charles have been trying out has been fun and very real. That’s the thing about this show that I truly love. It seems so grounded in reality. There’s really nothing going on in this show that seems outlandish.
So if you’re a mom, like me… and you’re looking for a new show to watch, I can’t recommend Younger any more highly. It comes on at 10 pm on Tuesday nights on TV Land. But before you start watching the new episodes, be sure to catch up on the whole series on Hulu first. Alternately you can watch Younger on Amazon. too!! I hope you love it as much as I do! <3