Wondering if Ginny & Georgia on Netflix is ok for kids? Ginny & Georgia is rated TV-MA for language and a lot of sexual content. Some have described it like Gilmore Girls, but this is no Gilmore Girls. Not to say there’s not witty dialogue and a mother/daughter relationship, but it’s definitely edgier. Here’s what parents need to know in this Ginny & Georgia Parents Guide.
Ginny & Georgia Parents Guide
Georgia (Brianne Howey) is a single mom who has always been a survivor. She’s had to move from place to place to escape past abuse and take care of her two children. Sometimes she makes questionable choices, but according to her, they’re always to protect her family.
Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry), her 15-year-old daughter, is tired of having to live with the consequences of her mother’s actions and her mother’s sex appeal. She’s finally made friends in Wellsbury, and she’s tired of all the moving. Ginny discovers lies her mom has told her, and questions her mom’s secrets. This time she may have gone too far.
Why is Ginny & Georgia rated TV-MA? Parents need to know that Ginny & Georgia contains teens that harm themselves, sexual content, and language.
There is a lot of language in Ginny & Georgia like sh**, bullsh**, a**hole, bit**, damn, and g-dammit. There are also sexual words used like dic*, douche, pu**y, skank, twat, jerkoff, and balls.
Ginny & Georgia talk a lot about sex. In the first scenes, there’s a sex talk and Georgia uses a vibrator that looks like a microphone.
The teens in the show have sex with each other, drink alcohol, smoke pot, and party. There is sex between male and females, and females and females. Some characters are shown in their bra and underwear.
A character is physically and sexually abused. A character commits murder. Guns are shown in a home.
Teens talk about masturbation and watch porn on TV. A girl talks about losing her virginity in 8th grade.
A girl uses a toothbrush as a vibrator.
Some characters harm themselves. One character burns herself to deal with pain. Another character tapes her thighs to make them appear thinner.
Is Ginny & Georgia Appropriate for Kids Under 16?
Georgia makes a comment that they’re the Gilmore Girls, but with bigger boobs. Perhaps that’s where the comparison stops. Gilmore Girls certainly wasn’t PG, but it was nothing compared to Ginny & Georgia. These teens in Wellsbury, MA are wealthy, entitled, and basically do what they want.
Georgia will do whatever it takes to protect her family, but is also very selfish. She gets what she wants by showing cleavage, flashing her pearly whites, and talking with a southern drawl. However, under that smile is a woman with a past.
The show can be confusing, because sometimes the teens act like regular teens freaking out over their latest crush, using pop culture references, and friends wearing matching pajamas to Sophomore Sleepover. Then at other times, it’s like teens gone wild with drugs, alcohol, and sex. In many instances the characters give in to peer pressure to try things.
Ginny & Georgia addresses heavy issues, which are important to talk about like depression, abuse, self-harm, racism, divorce, and love. Maxine (Ginny’s best friend) is gay and struggles to find a girlfriend who is also gay in school. However, Ginny & Georgia also shows a mom who lies to everyone around her, and two kids who suffer from those lies.
I wouldn’t recommend Ginny & Georgia for kids under 18 unless parents are going to talk about the topics with their kids. The self-harm theme is especially sensitive and should be addressed. This isn’t a circumstance where you want a TV show to teach your kid about sex or about burning themselves to handle their pain or self-loathing. It may be a wake-up call to some parents, though, to get a glimpse at the pressures teens face today.
Rarely does Georgia face consequences for her actions. While you may find yourself rooting for her at times, you then shake your head at how the pretty, blonde, white woman can use her good looks and charm to win everyone over, except Ginny. As she moves her family from one guy to the next, things get dicey and dangerous.
Both Howey and Gentry are great in their roles, but the acting is not the problem. There are humorous scenes and the dialogue can be witty, especially with Maxine (Ginny’s best friend) who constantly brings the drama to a level 10.
Ginny & Georgia does have its moments, but at times has an identity crisis of what type of show it wants to be. Gilmore Girls was fun with conflict, while Ginny & Georgia is dark and just sad. I’m not sure when dark became today’s fresh and modern.