Warning: spoilers ahead for TV Land’s Younger.
Season four of Younger lifted off where season three stopped: Liza strafing Kelsey with the news that they are not fellow Snapchatting millennial strivers after all, on account of L being 40-plus with a kid in college and a divorced ex-husband rambling about somewhere in suburban New Jersey.
So Kelsey storms off. And Charles’ estranged wife emerges from exile with a tell-all book about their marriage even as he and Liza seem to be toeing toward some sort of inevitable for-real romance. And Josh – seemingly recovered from busting up Liza and Charles’ proposal-ruining makeout session at the end of last season – summons L to Ireland, where he intends to marry his girlfriend of one month, whom Liza had introduced him to.
And viewers loved it. More viewers than ever before, actually: Younger’s fourth season was the highest-rated and most-watched in series history, with double-digit percentage increases versus season three among key demos. Even more impressive, the show was the number one original ad-supported cable sitcom so far this year with women 18-49 and women 25-54. Fans pushed #YoungerTV to trend on Twitter all 12 weeks that new episodes aired.
Cheers to that, team.
All those fans will be pleased that TV Land has already committed to season five. And with season four ending with a cliffhanger of a missed call to Liza from Charles, some speculate that their romance may finally start blossoming. Show creator Darren Star hinted at as much in an interview with Hollywood Reporter’s Jackie Strause.
“There is a lot of story to tell there,” he said. “As writers, we’re invested in Liza and Charles’ story but at the same time, it’s not an open and honest relationship yet. There’s a lot at stake for Liza being truthful with Charles.”
A confession from Liza to Charles would, of course, crack open the central premise of the show, as her real age would be apparent to all of the main characters. But Star doesn’t think the show’s longevity is tied to Liza perpetually keeping her secret.
“…ultimately [Younger is] character-driven, and the audience is in love with the characters,” Star told The New York Times’ Kathryn Shattuck. “The lie will continue as long as it feels organically necessary. But a number of people do know, and the lie isn’t part of those stories anymore. So if it comes to the point that everybody knows the truth, there’s still a series here.”
With the show steadily growing its fanbase (it is also available on Hulu), it seems as though the viewers will keep watching for as long as Star wants to tell his story.
In case you missed it, here’s a bit of what’s going on in the final episode: