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TV Review: ‘Younger’

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Mazar gives Foster a youthful makeover.

Three and a half stars

Younger Tuesdays, 10 p.m., TV Land.

So far, TV Land’s original sitcoms have been resolutely old-fashioned, made to fit in with the reruns that the channel is known for, but Younger is looking to change that. A single-camera show without a studio audience, Younger is more sophisticated than typical TV Land fare, although it too attempts to recapture the spirit of a past TV series. In this case it’s Younger creator Darren Star’s Sex and the City, with Younger positioned as the ’10s Brooklyn version of the HBO NYC classic.

Younger stars Bunheads’ Sutton Foster as a 40-year-old divorcee who pretends to be 26 to land a job in publishing and start her life anew. Like its protagonist, Younger sometimes struggles to appear hip, and its characters talk about generational differences more than anyone in the real world. But Foster is charismatic and likable, the supporting cast (which includes Hilary Duff and Debi Mazar) is strong, and the show’s version of New York is as magical (and unrealistic) as anything Carrie Bradshaw ever experienced.

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