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Diana involvement this week was sparse but she did make an observation that summarized everything Liza this week- she was finally putting work ahead of boys for the first time. And coming from someone who is boy crazy, that means something.

Liza’s relationship with Pauline is intensifying and that bothers Charles, but not as much as the realization that advancing her career is more important to her than pursuing their relationship. And that’s a very secure-man realization. How could it not be? For his whole adult life, he’s put his career first – it was what provoked the demise of his marriage. Now that he’s successful and wealthy, he’s made room for love again but Liza, a woman he thinks is 28-years-old, cannot possibly be willing to be lesser than the man. Did he not learn anything from his failed marriage? Women want their own place, their own careers and Liza is trying to make a name for herself so her hunger to make Marriage Vacation a success is justifiable, even if it does hurt his ego. Now if he knew her real age, it would change things because he’d be able to understand why she’s formed such a bond with Pauline; she too was trapped in a marriage and unable to focus on her dreams and this is her second chance. Why would she give it up for another man yet again?

Then there’s a third layer to Liza’s thought process – she’s a sucker for a happy ending and seeing how much Pauline still loves Charles prompts her to want to give them a second chance. The fact that his ex-wife is romanticizing everything and telling Liza, which makes her believe things are better than they actually are. Charles may have mentioned something about her moving back in for the children’s sake, but that doesn’t warrant a “we’re getting back together” convo like Pauline made it seem.

So while Liza’s choice to kiss Jay was surprising, it shouldn’t have been. With the circle getting smaller and Liza wanting success for herself and Pauline both professionally and personally, her kiss is the next step into “safe” territory. She knows it will push Charles away and help her forget about the real feelings she has for him, which will make all of this easier. It sounds good in her head but she’s not actually realizing that she’s willingly pushing them back together, pushing Pauline back into Charles’ arms. It’s dangerous because there’s no going back from that.

Jay, while a pesky annoyance at every party, was a knight in shining armor, coming to her aid during a badly-timed run in with Caitlin’s best friend’s parents. Can you imagine if Charles or Pauline walked up right at that moment and found out she has a college-aged daughter!?! The New York elitist circle is getting smaller, but it’s comforting to know that she also has a small circle of trustworthy people that are willing to protect her secret because they know it’s not the time to get caught. It wouldn’t be good for Liza, her career, Pauline or Empirical. There’s a lot riding on this.

Josh came off as more immature than usual and for the first time, I’m seeing why my friends have been so adamant that they’re on #TeamCharles. Maybe Liza just brought out a mature side of him, that isn’t necessarily when she’s not around. I can’t say I’m deeply invested in his relationship with Claire just yet simply because I don’t trust her. Why was she messing with Kelsey’s things? I’m sure that Josh will decide to marry her so that she can stay in America but something, call it a weird vibe, tells me that that’s been her plan all along. She knew she wasn’t going to get the job so she made some guy fall madly in love with her so she could find a way to stay. And of course, Liza is going to get sucked into this mess. If there’s one person that’s the king of irrational decisions, it’s Josh. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometime’s it isn’t.

Overall, I’m disappointed that I wait week after week for a 20-minute episode that’s at a standstill. This season has been the most unproductive and I think the most frustrating part will be the realization that we invested all this time into Liza’s many relationships and in the end, she’ll simply choose herself. And there’s nothing wrong with that don’t get me wrong – I think it’s bold, I just wish we could at least see a proper hook up with Charles before it all gets thrown away.

Other Thoughts

  • Lauren did exactly what I would do if I got fired from my job, hung out at the super exclusive and member only club “The Nest.” They say you’re supposed to struggle in your 20s and this, this is definitely struggling.
  • Her determination not to fail is admirable, however. I truly have a Lauren-sized breakdown once a day.
  • Is it really that easy to network with segment producer of GMA? Have I just been doing it all wrong?
  • Diana steals the show yet again with her kryptonite. Keep doing you girl!


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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9 TV Shows We’re Sad to Leave Behind in 2021

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11 TV Shows We're Sad to Say Goodbye to in 2021

2021 was a strange year in TV. The production of so many shows was sidetracked by the pandemic, but we still somehow made it to the finale. So with the end of the year coming up in a couple of weeks, it seems only fitting to give a proper send-off to 9 TV shows that we’re sad to leave behind in 2021. Some ended too early, while others ended at the perfect time, but all will be greatly missed.

1. Younger (Paramount+)

This past summer we said a tearful goodbye to the cast of Younger. Originally, its producer, Darren Star had unofficially ideated Season 7 as its final season, and then it came true. Thankfully, it’s available to stream, so you can repeatedly enjoy this show in its full glory. Younger is about Liza Miller, a 40-year-old woman who resorts to lying about her age in order to return to the workforce after raising her daughter. It’s an entertaining rom-com that highlights ageism and sexism in the workplace, while also beautifully capturing the importance of friendship.

2. Insecure (HBO Max)

Insecure is a dramedy that focuses on the Black narrative, particularly Black women and the unrealistic expectation of confidence. Issa Dee’s just trying to survive and thrive in her personal and professional life. However, in order to get there, she must learn to overcome her insecurities and flaws. With the help of her best friend Molly, the two take on life in Los Angeles together all while overcoming a period of liminality.

3. Dickinson (Apple TV+)

A fantastic comedy that puts a modern twist on the mid-1800s, Dickinson, is not what you’d expect. Hailee Steinfeld leads the series as the outspoken feminist Emily Dickinson, as she strives to become the infamous poet we know and praise today. You don’t have to be an English major to enjoy this one. As long as you love a good romance, fight against the patriarchy, and maybe a little Wiz Kalifa, you’re sure to find this 3 season show, delightful.

4. Feel Good (Netflix)

Mae Martin’s original comedy, Feel Good on Netflix is a much-needed LGBTQ+ representative show. The show is a short two seasons but they sure pack quite the punch. It centers on Mae, a standup comedian who swaps her drug addiction for love. During her time in England, Mae meets and falls in love with George, a baby queer. The show dissects the qualms of their relationship, all of course, with a healthy dose of humor.

5. Shrill (Hulu)

A young journalist struggles to jumpstart her career until she begins to write about her greatest insecurity–weight. Shrill shares the life of Annie Eaton as she learns to find confidence in being unapologetically herself. Navigating the world of romance and privilege, she runs into problems and makes countless mistakes. Its three-season run feels short, but once you make it to the end, you’ll feel appreciative of the journey.

6. Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)

Kim’s Convenience is a Canadian show about a Korean-Canadian family and their acclimation to both the Canadian culture and the evolving generation. An endearing comedy about the pressures and tension between the children of immigrants and their parents. Its five-season run was the perfect length, but we will surely miss this cast.

7. The Bold Type (Freeform)

The Bold Type is a show about three fearless friends who bond over their careers at Scarlet Magazine. It has hints of Sex and the City, but with a more diverse and feminist perspective. It’s a bit more drama than comedy and includes the typical search for love, self-identity, and everything in between. The show’s fluidity was affected by the pandemic but still managed to end on a sweet note in its fifth season.

8. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)

This NBC show was cut way too short, but thankfully Roku picked it up for a movie to tie up some loose ends. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist centers on a unique premise. Following a CT scan, Zoey starts hearing people’s inner song-alogues. The power initially seems useless and annoying, but she later learns to use it for the better.

9. Atypical (Netflix)

Atypical is a sweet family comedy about Sam, a teenager who falls on the autism spectrum. The show follows his quest to find independence, love, and the meaning of life. And while his family plays a large role in his life, his newfound autonomy especially puts his mother on a new life journey–one without the constant supervision of her son. It’s a family affair, and you’ll be sure to invest in every character and the family dynamic by the end.

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Younger Series Finale Review – Look How Far We’ve Come (7×12)

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There is no such thing as the perfect ending.

Inevitably, someone is going to be disappointed. It’s hard to fulfill everyone’s expectations as it is, but that becomes especially true during an episodes that is meant to provide closure to a beloved series of six years. 

I both loved and hated the Younger series finale. As Maggie said, love and hate tend to go hand-in-hand; they’re two sides of the same coin. 

The finale was an authentic wrap-up for each character’s journey with each of them getting their own version of a happy ending. We celebrated how far everyone has come from the pilot episode.

No one was sidelined or forgotten about, even if it did take 35 minutes into the episode for Josh to get any screen time. 

Can I just say, the series should have always embraced a 45-minute format! Look how much we were able to accomplish. 

I’ll break up my finale review by character, but I’ll start with the most important question, the one we’ve all been dying to know for seven seasons…

Team Charles or Team Josh?

The truth is, neither. The finale ended with Josh telling Liza “I’ve been right here, by your side all along,” which implied that Team Josh won out in the end, but it was also an ambiguous ending that allowed audiences to interpret it in whatever way they saw fit. Josh and Liza could’ve remained friends, they could’ve become friends with benefits, or they could’ve given things another shot.

The line was meant to imply that Liza was ignoring what was right in front of her this whole time, but how could she ignore a man she barely even saw?

The moment may have made Team Josh hearts swoon, but I felt a little cheated. Josh was an afterthought this whole season. He barely had any storylines, and he barely interacted with Liza at all. He popped in and out of every episode for a total of a few minutes just to keep up appearances. And he’s the one she supposedly ends up with? 

Why couldn’t we see them find their way back to each other. Why couldn’t we get more scenes between them? 

Though, I will give it to the writers for making things come full-circle as Liza and Josh found each other at the bar once again in the same way they did in the pilot. 

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Charles Brooks

Liza’s love story with Charles was a special one, but sadly, it was always doomed. Their relationship, for the most part, was based on a lie. Secrets defied their relationship.

While there was plenty of love between them, there also wasn’t a lot of trust. They would never be able to get past the feeling that the other wasn’t being forthcoming and truthful. And that wasn’t fair to either of them. 

However, if Charles and Liza were always going to go their separate ways, why did the show keep pushing them together this season?

It was such a tease to see them finally get back together after he broke up with Quinn only to have them ripped apart again. We saw Charles’s girls happy to see Liza back with her dad only for it to end again. It seemed like a colossal waste of time for both the characters even if it was realistic in the sense that there’s always that one person we keep going back to.

Most of the season felt rushed and as though the writers couldn’t actually decide what they wanted to do with this relationship. 

Everything was shaping up for them to end up together and then bam, the rug was pulled out from under us. 

If they were never endgame, it would’ve simply been better to keep them apart without the whole airport scene and give some of that screen time to Team Josh.

Though things didn’t pan out romantically between Liza and Charles, they were a necessary part of each other’s lives.

Liza reminded Charles why he got into publishing in the first place and pushed him to finish his novel, which was accepted into that YATO, a prestigious writer’s colony. He, in turn, named her Editor-in-Chief of Empirical, and I couldn’t think of anyone better for the job. 

Liza started out as a woman lying about her age because she couldn’t get a job to running one of the most respected publishing house’s in New York. 

And though they parted way amicably and will always remain friends, they also parted ways without actually growing much from the relationship — he remained insecure as ever and she continued to be painted as a liar. 

 

Liza Miller

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again — Liza’s story was always one of forging her own path as an independent and badass woman. It was about finding herself after giving up her career to raise a child, owning her womanhood, her work ethic, finding her voice, becoming confident, her love of books, so it’s fitting that it ended with Liza putting herself first and getting the dream job. 

What more could a woman ask for?

Okay, fine, maybe Liza should’ve reserved the rights to her story and turned it into a book, but the least they could’ve done is invested in the musical put on by Redmond’s boyfriend. She was the sole inspiration of Scamalot… and it was brilliant! 

 

Kelsey Peters

Kelsey’s story was set up for a potential spinoff, and it’s a spinoff that I’m hoping gets greenlit. Kelsey came up with a brilliant idea with Inkubator, but it wasn’t meant for Empirical. The company, and Charles, took a chance on her right out of college, but Kelsey’s time with Empirical had run its course. And she knew that. That’s why this time, she took a chance on herself and left even before she got the funding for her company. 

Well, she did have some interest, but she shot those offers down immediately when she realized Rob was using her as a business transaction. Hey, Claire did try to warn her. Kelsey and Claire also made up, and I’m here for the female empowerment. They are both too good to be fighting over some worthless, misogynistic man.  

Eventually, Kelsey’s persistence paid off because Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s female-positive media company, invested in Inkubator, and Kels announced she was moving to Los Angeles (likely because Hilary Duff wants to be closer to her family in real life!). I wonder if this means that Hello Sunshine has picked up the Kelsey-focused spinoff? Wouldn’t that be the perfect TV-meets-real world situation?

The best part about Kelsey’s story arc is that she finally made it as an independent woman. She never needed a man, but she always relied on them (bad men, might I add) as a crutch. This was her moment and she’s owning it by herself and for herself! There’s a beauty in her maturity! 

 

Josh 

Six seasons and they couldn’t give Josh a last name?! As I mentioned, Josh didn’t get much screen time in the finale even though he was the “chosen” one, but we did find out that he bought the apartment building that housed Kelsey and Lauren’s place along with Inkburg. 

I never knew Josh was that loaded, but I guess being a highly sought after tattoo artist likely pays well? I’m not sure. All I know is that Josh started off the series with roomies and ended up as a property owner, so good for him. 

 

Maggie Amato

In the words of Rihanna, Maggie found love in a hopeless place. And while happiness looks good on Maggie, I’m slightly disappointed it was with the woman who was petty enough to ruin her career. Sure, she revived it as a make-good, but it just seems like Maggie could do better than Cass, who will always be a malicious woman with deep insecurities about herself. 

Maggie, unlike Kels, has always been independent, and never needed to rely on anyone to help her career. 

 

Lauren Heller

Lauren is the only person who can take something that would’ve normally been a roadblock for and turn it into a whole opportunity. She’s always been authentically herself, so pining after some heterosexual dude because her parents wanted her to settle down just wasn’t her speed. But when Max explained that she encouraged him to be himself and introduced her to his male fiancee, it all suddenly fell into place. Lauren propositioned the both of them, and well, you don’t have to ask yourself WWLD (What Would Lauren Do) because you already know!

 

In the end, the series has always been about the friendships you make along the way, and that’s exactly how it ended — with Liza, Maggie, Kelsey, Lauren, and Josh enjoying each other’s company while navigating this messy and unpredictable thing called life. 

What did you think of the series finale? Are you happy with how it ended? 


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Younger Review – I Didn’t Get on the Plane (7×11)

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The penultimate episode is setting up Younger for a happy ending, but will all the drama this season be worth it?

I’ll start with the positives — though I knew exactly how the episode would end, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. 

There was such a thrill in seeing Liza come to terms with the fact that she had to let him go while also trying to see if there was anything left between them. 

And there was! When she handed him back the passport, there was plenty of tension and so much left unsaid. Charles’s feelings for her were obvious by the way his eyes lit up when she appeared at the airport. That’s the one and only thing Pauline was right about. 

However, the predictability was also what made me so upset with the episode. 

Younger has never been a cliche or predictable series, so having Charles realize that he has feelings for Liza moments before boarding a plane with another woman felt like cheap storytelling.

Was it romantic? Sure. It always is. That’s why near-miss airport scenes have been the backdrop for so many rom-coms, but we don’t watch Younger for a re-enactment of the classic Ross and Rachel scene in the Friends finale. We know the formula, and there’s nothing exciting about it. 

Younger Review Make No Mustique Season 7 Episode 11

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There is something to be said about the writing as it managed to do what I thought was impossible and bring the focus back to Liza and Charles, but again, that’s where the focus should’ve been this whole time.

Audiences didn’t want to see this mess with Quinn dragged on, we wanted the final season to explore Charles and Liza’s blossoming relationship. 

Not to mention, their reunion makes the whole season unnecessary and pointless as it unravels everything that’s happened over the course of 11 episodes with one big and predictable gesture. 

Why put them through all that drama if we were always going to end up back at square one?

For the last few seasons, I’ve been Team Charles and wanted nothing more than to see them end up together, but after everything he put Liza through this season, I’m just not feeling the romance.

And as I said in previous reviews, I would’ve preferred an ending where she chose herself. 

Some fans have questioned why I’m so hard on Charles and not on Liza despite the fact that she slept with the first pretty boy she laid eyes on post-split, but there’s a difference between getting under someone else casually to move on and pursuing a brand new relationship with your exes sworn enemy and proceeding to flaunt it in her face.

Charles knew better and did it anyway because he could. Liza didn’t deserve any of it, and yet, she was ready to let him go and be happy because she loved him that much. 

Now, that’s not to say that Liza hasn’t had her fair of indecisive moments in the past that led Charles to question whether she was truly in it for the long haul, but even so, he should’ve been open to a conversation and let her explain why she wasn’t interested in getting married again. 

This time, Liza was his and only his, and he let his insecurities get in the way of a damn good thing. 

The silver lining is that he realized how stupid he was before he made any actual commitments to Quinn. 

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Charles shock when the real Quinn came out. As she barked orders at him and belittled him for forgetting his passport (who doesn’t double-check before a flight?!), he realized that this was absolutely not the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life or even the next hour with. 

It’s further proof that this whole time, Quinn was putting on an act. She may have been in love with the idea of Charles, but she didn’t love Charles. And I’m convinced that a part of her also enjoyed flaunting the romance in Liza’s face. 

And believe it or not, she is the villain in this story as it all boils down to Inkubator!

Buying Inkubator would allow Quinn to get revenge on both Charles and Liza. Not only would she be able to take it away from Empirical, and thus, Charles, but it would also make her Liza’s boss, which means she’d essentially own her.

The storyline would’ve been promising in any other season, but with one episode left, I don’t really want to see Liza and Kelsey’s company get bought up by someone who doesn’t have its best interest at heart, nor do I want their unique concept to be ripped off by publishing vultures. 

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Kelsey should’ve listened to her gut about sending the proposal to one of Rob’s VC’s.

He wanted to help her get the best price, but clearly the subject line “for your eyes only” means “forward this to everyone you know.”

I really hope that everything works out for them in the end because Liza and Kelsey deserve it. 

They’ve worked too hard on the concept to get ripped off. 

And let this be a lesson to Kelsey about keeping her ideas under wraps and only showing them to the people she absolutely trusts. Kelsey would’ve been better off researching a few investors herself and pitching them directly. 

As for Rob, he doesn’t seem to be worth all the trouble. 

As I said, he may have wanted to help, but in general, he’s just been causing chaos in her life both personally and professionally. 

In addition to the whole Inkubator debacle that we know is coming in the series finale, Rob also caused a rift between Kelsey and Claire, which meant that she had to move out of Josh’s place. 

I guess it was the little push Kelsey needed to get out on her own. 

Except that she’s not actually on her own and can’t even afford to get her own place without Charles’s offer. For now, she’s relying on Rob’s kindness and living in his model apartment, which could make things super difficult and awkward if she decides to break up with him.

Then there’s Lauren’s love life, and well, it seems like she’s going to end up with her ex Max. 

Now, all I want is for Lauren to find her soulmate and be happy, but I just can’t get down with her ending up with a regular dude like Max. I know opposites attract and he could be the one to level Lauren’s eccentric nature, but I don’t want Lauren’s spirit to ever be dimmed. 

She needs someone just as wild and free-spirited as she is; she doesn’t need to settle down with a “nice boy” as her parents suggested.

And don’t let that steamy sex scene that ended up being just a dream fool you. Though, it was great! 

I’ll admit a part of me is still rooting for Lauren and Maggie. 

As we near the end, the series wanted to bring some familiar faces, but I’m willing to bet that Pauline was not the familiar face we all wanted to see. Diana, where you at, girl?

I know her appearances were limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic and prior commitments, but really… Pauline?

The whole storyline was so juvenile. She tried to make amends with Liza and thought she contributed to her breakup with Charles. Can someone please help Pauline realize that she’s not that important?

Pauline’s plan wasn’t effective in the way she hoped it would be, but it did help Charles see Quinn’s true colors, so I guess that counts for something. 

There were moments where her meddling was slightly comical, but she came out of the blue and inserted herself for absolutely no reason and against Liza’s wishes. 

And once again, my issue with Josh’s lack of screentime stands. Pauline got more screentime in the 25-minute episode than Josh did all season. 

The only thing I did enjoy was how protective he was over Kelsey when he gave Rob a stern warning about “being a little more careful” with her heart than he was with Claire’s. 

Josh has every right to call out Rob since he’s now involved with two of the women that he loves.

What did you think of the penultimate episode? Do you think Charles should be forgiven and taken back with open arms?

Will you be happy with Liza and Charles as endgame?


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