If You Loved ‘Sex and the City,’ You’ll Be Obsessed With TV Land’s ‘Younger’

If you haven’t been watching TV Land’s Younger, then you’re truly missing out. And if you happen to be a Sex and the City fan from way back when? Then this might just be the thing to fill the Carrie Bradshaw-sized hole in your heart.

It’s true that the shows are vastly different at first glance. SATC explored the dynamic of female friendships and navigated the challenges of being a woman living and loving in New York City. Meanwhile, Younger is about a 40-something woman named Liza who pretends to be half her age to score a job in publishing. Besides the setting of Manhattan, it’s hard to see at first glance what these shows have in common.

But SATC fans are delighted by Younger, saying it captures the essence of the classic HBO show. Here’s how they do it.

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‘Younger’ was inspired by ‘Sex and the City’

One of the most obvious reasons that the shows have so many similarities is that they both have the same creator, Darren Star. Star admitted that SATC remains a huge inspiration for him even more than twenty years after its debut.

People and friendships really matter to the audience. It’s something they’d like to see,” Star explained. Having a female-driven cast was important to him and gave the series a very different feel from so many other popular shows on television right now.

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There’s one major difference between ‘Younger’ and ‘SATC’, however

The main difference between Younger and Sex and the City has to do with the setting. Even though SATC dabbled in the career aspects of the main characters’ lives, their professional lives were never a focus. That’s the opposite of how things are on Younger.

“‘Younger’ ultimately is a show that’s an intergenerational love story between two generations of women who learn from each other and support each other and work together,” Star explained to Variety.

“The shows are completely different animals, but one big difference is that in ‘Sex and the City,’ I never wanted to focus on the work lives of the women. We knew that they worked — Carrie certainly was exploring a question for her column every episode — but a lot of the show was set outside of work. ‘Younger’ is more workplace centric, and the idea of work and the importance of work to one’s self-esteem and purpose is a big part of ‘Younger.’”

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Darren Star imagines that Liza and Carrie Bradshaw could be friends

Even though the shows have different characters and settings, Star says he loves dreaming up crossover ideas and imagining what it would be like if Carrie and Liza knew each other in real life.

“I totally think they would be friends and they would totally get each other,” Star told Variety. “I think Liza would be very impressed by Carrie and everything about her, especially if she came in to write a book for Empirical, it would be a fast friendship. I think Carrie would get a big kick out of what Liza is doing to keep working.”

Does that mean we can expect a Sarah Jessica Parker cameo one day soon? We can only dream that will happen!