Netflix’s Top 10: “Ginny and Georgia”

CW: self-harm

Maggie Collins

Editor, Arts and Entertainment

PC: The Michigan Daily

The popular show “Ginny and Georgia” has taken a spot in the top 10 on Netflix since its debut on Jan. 5 of this year. For those who have not heard much about this show until recently, you’re not alone. Even though season one was released in February of 2021, I had just finished the first season the night before season two was released. 

While it took me a while to join the “Ginny and Georgia” bandwagon, it didn’t take long for it to become a show I looked forward to watching in my free time. With a quick glance, it might look just like every other high school drama with a bunch of teenagers fighting over which guy they want to date next, but this show features a bit more of a kick. 

Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, have been moving from state to state their whole life—never truly finding a place to settle down. However, they have recently come across a new and innocent small town called Wellsbury. Georgia has a complicated past that she has tried to hide from her two kids in an effort to give them a better life than she had. During season one we see flashbacks of Georgia’s past showing us many of the difficulties that she faced and the hard decisions she once had to make. 

When Ginny and Austin start at their new school, we get the classic high school episode of mean teachers, crushes, and parties. Ginny meets some new friends and a potential crush or two. However, things take a quick nosedive when we are first introduced to her self-harm. 

Ginny and Georgia butt heads often, most being about the parenting skills Georgia seems to lack, but the audience sees much deeper struggles than these on the surface level. The show can get pretty intense in both seasons one and two with instances of body dysmorphia, mental health, self-harm, abuse, and murder.

At the end of season one of Ginny and Georgia, we were left with quite a cliffhanger of events. Ginny suddenly meets all of her friends in the hallway where she gets called out on her mistakes both in friendships and in her relationship. Later on, Ginny is told about how dangerous her mother might be, so she decides to pack up her things and run away with her little brother to her Dads house. 

Season two starts back up set in the scene of the Thanksgiving holiday. The first episode is packed full of surprises and turns as Ginny confides in her father about her self-harm and is reluctant to go back and see her mom. We dive deeper into Georgia’s past as she is forced to reveal to Ginny all she has endured. 

Ginny struggles to navigate her life with all the new information that she has been given, while also trying to maintain her relationships with those around her. New characters join in this season and the plot thickens. We are left with an even bigger cliffhanger at the end of season two than what we saw in season one. 

This show kept me hooked throughout both seasons. There was an appreciative mix of predictable high-school drama and some dark turns along the way. It has been one of the most intense shows I have watched on Netflix, but I think that it is very much worth the watch. While it can make you reminisce about simpler times in high school, you quickly get caught off guard by some attempted covered-up secrets. 

Both seasons of Ginny and Georgia are available to watch on Netflix. There has been discussion of future seasons being released, but hopefully, it won’t take two years to be able to watch them this round.

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