Ginny & Georgia tells the story of thirty-year-old Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey), who along with her fifteen-year-old daughter Ginny (Antonia Gentry) and nine-year-old son Austin (Diesel La Torraca), move to a small town outside of Boston called Wellsbury, Massachusetts. The move comes after her husband’s untimely death.
As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that Georgia is RUNNING! It all begins when she runs away from an abusive home at fourteen-years-old, and years later, Georgia is still running with two children in tow. The constant moving from city to city is taking its toll on Ginny and Austin. Ginny never stays anywhere long enough to make friends and feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Austin also has his own issues. But Georgia is so focused on her own survival and protecting her children, that she fails to see the impact the upheaval is having on both their lives.
However, when the family settle into idyllic Wellsbury, things begin to look up somewhat for Ginny on the “friends” front. A nice but intrusive and highly-strung Maxine befriends Ginny, during her first day at Wellsbury High. Maxine later goes on to welcome Ginny into her friendship group, but there is still this lingering sense of unease and not belonging.
Ginny’s mother is white and her father is Black. She has never felt like she fits in with the white kids and has never felt accepted by the Black kids. When friendly Bracia, one of seven Black students in the entire school, walks over and introduces herself, Ginny responds awkwardly and seems unsure about Bracia.
There is so much going on in her teenage world. Not only does she have to endure the odd microaggression from her new friends, there is also the racist teacher, who claims he can’t be racist because he voted for Obama – TWICE!
As mentioned earlier, Ginny’s father Zion, is Black but this isn’t a situation where he is this absent father, that’s never seen or heard. He is well travelled, educated, calm, charming, easy on the eye and a positive influence in her life.
Her mother Georgia can only be described as being loving, kind, attractive, charming, funny and dangerous. Throughout the show, there are flashbacks to Georgia’s troubled past. The flashbacks do a pretty good job of explaining why she is constantly running and prepared to do ANYTHING if her freedom or the lives of her children are threatened.
It should be noted that as well as being lighthearted, the show does touch on some very heavy themes. They include physical abuse, childhood sexual abuse, bullying and self-harm.
I really enjoyed watching Ginny & Georgia and I hope there is a season 2 in the works.
However, if I had one criticism it would be that when American dramas are centred around teenagers, the scriptwriters tend to get carried away with the dialogue. The majority of the characters in this show are fifteen/sixteen years of age. When they talk about love and relationships, you forget that they are supposed to be minors. This is partly why I stopped watching Dawson’s Creek. Who remembers that show? Dawson was sixteen going on fifty-five.
Ginny & Georgia is now available to watch on Netflix.