In this ‘Golden Age of TV’ we’re all living in, a show is only as good as the conspiracy theories that surround it.
Which is why, even with a seemingly light-hearted show like Stan’s Younger, we’re constantly combing the screen in order to suss out clues to tell us what’s about to happen next.
Now, if you’ve been living in an apocalypse proof bunker and have somehow missed out on the true magic that is Younger, let me catch you up.
Liza (Sutton Foster) is a 40 year old single mother with a daughter in college who struggled to get back into the workforce following her divorce. Since she is blessed with super youthful looks, her best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar) suggests that she reinvent herself as a 26 year old. This ruse works and she lands a job as an assistant at a New York publishing house. As you can imagine, the pressure of keeping up her secret teamed with the highs and lows of her love life and career lead to a few wacky hijinks.
We are now four seasons into Younger and at this stage of the plot, only three of the main cast of characters know about Liza’s true age. Her roommate Maggie, her ex-boyfriend Josh (Nico Tortorella) and, as of just last season, her work wife Kelsey (Hilary Duff).
The two biggest player players in the show, the two people who must be kept out of the secret at all costs, are Liza’s boss Diana Trout (Miriam Shor), and the owner of Empirical Publishing, Charles (Peter Hermann).
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The budding relationship between Liza and Charles is where things are currently getting a little bit sticky. Not only is he her boss, but he’s currently in the midst of maybe working things out with his estranged wife and mother of his children. Plus, there’s that whole thing where he’s well into his 40s and he believes that Liza is only in her 20s…
OR DOES HE?
You see, until recently, I believed that part of the reason why Charles was being so hesitant about starting a relationship with Liza was due to their substantial age gap (even though they had that hot and heavy desktop make-out session in season four) and was completely in the dark about her real life.
But it turns out, that may not be the case.
This weekend, I was discussing the ins and outs of Liza’s love life with my sister Lucy (don’t judge, we’re living in a post-Younger world now and are all just trying to do the best we can to survive) when she dropped a bombshell that has changed the way I watch the show.