The premise: 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) is going through a divorce, where her husband has squandered all their money and they're forced to sell their suburban New York City house. She has a college-age daughter who is away at school, so she takes this chance to move in to her artist friend Maggie's (played by Debi Mazar, who I love) Brooklyn loft and find a job. She used to work in publishing, but finds that she is slightly out of touch age-wise from the jobs she's qualified for. So, she gets some highlights, wears thrift store clothes, and passes herself off as 26. And it works.
I know what you're thinking, this show is so one-note, she'll get "caught" and that's all it is. But it's so much more than that. It's a show about finding out who you really are, not what society has forced you to be (in her case, a stay-at-home mom feeling unfulfilled), and figuring out that sometimes, age really is just a number.
Did I mention the show is hilarious? Because its hilarious.
Sutton Foster, the star, is someone who's Broadway career I've followed since she won her first Tony. A friend of mine once passed her on the street in NYC and I was the first person she told. She's one of the few Broadway actresses who can make the leap beyond the stage (looking at you, Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel), but she hasn't necessarily gotten the muscle behind her career yet. Many people know her from the ABC Family (RIP) show Bunheads, written by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls. I didn't watch that show, but I know it had a very dedicated fan following.
In case you need more convincing, here's the New York Times writing about it.
Oh, and before you get all "TV Land? The channel that shows old episodes of The Honeymooners?", quit being a snob and just try it out. I feel like we all had the same reaction when AMC came out with a little show called Breaking Bad, since at the time AMC is where you were most likely to catch showings of Jurassic Park and Mrs. Doubtfire.