Art & Life

Netflix’s new mother and daughter series, ‘Ginny & George,’ is society and diversity in one

 CONTRIBUTED: A strong-willed mother with a not-so-good past moves to Wellsbury, a suburban community in Massachusetts with her two children after the death of her millionaire husband, in search of a new-beginning.  

This 10-episode series stars actress Brianne Howey (Georgia Miller), newcomer Antonia Gentry (Virginia aka Ginny Miller), kid actor Diesel La Torraca (Austin Miller) as the main casts with other supporting actors.  

This show spells out the overly obvious yet neglected issues of society, diversity, and self-acceptance. It’s a mixture of crime, sexual abuse, gender and sexual orientation, family relations, sex, power, teen-life, a roller-coaster of emotions and logical issues. 

Georgia, who used to be known as Mary, became a street child at a young age due to sexual abuse from her stepdad. She was forced to rob, cheat, lie, and even kill just to survive and protect herself and children. This is a past that she is bent on keeping a secret.  

Unfortunately, life makes it impossible to keep the beast in the closet for long. Her teenage daughter, Ginny, is making terrible mistakes and blaming Georgia for being secretive about their past. Ginny does not want to be like her mother who had numerous relationships with men after giving birth to her at 15. 

As a mother, Georgia’s character is not the best. She makes dangerous decisions all in the name of protecting her children yet ignores or doesn’t realize how her actions affect their lives. 

A new environment, new start, new friends, new everything. Ginny struggles to settle in because of her identity; being half-black and half-white has never been easy for her. Making friends is even new to her since she never really had friends, all thanks to Georgia making them move from one place to another. 

Ginny’s character is at the center of the story with most of the themes being about her and the decisions she makes. The movie highlights the struggles of adolescence, high school life, homosexuality, and race. Producer Sarah Lampert and her colleagues highlighted these issues through the characters and made viewers yearn for more with just the first season of 10 episodes.  

Coming up as No. 2 on Netflix, Ginny and Georgia, its success isn’t surprising as it encapsulates American society.