Young & Hungry's fourth season premiered last week, making this the right moment for you to catch up with the past three seasons of this Freeform sitcom! Despite having a dedicated audience and enough popularity that made four seasons happen, Young & Hungry isn't receiving the recognition I think it deserves.
Everyone seems to be talking about The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Broad City, New Girl and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but you are far less likely to hear about Young & Hungry. In fact, I would say it is most underrated sitcom on TV right now! Don't get me wrong, I love and watch all of these shows, but I'm surprised that I don't hear people talk about the show more often.
If a 7.6 IMDB rating and an audience score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes hasn't already persuaded you to give it a go, allow me to share why everybody should be watching Young & Hungry.
Firstly, It's Super Fun!
I don't know about you, but for me a good sitcom isn't where I get my daily dose of adrenaline. Set in San Francisco, it all starts when Gabi (Emily Osment) applies to become Josh's (Jonathan Sadowski) personal chef — a young, successful tech entrepreneur worth some million dollars (your typical everyday fella). Like Friends and How I Met Your Mother, the plot is super easy to follow but engaging all the same. Young & Hungry takes real world problems and gives them a comic twist, reminding us of an even funnier version of 2 Broke Girls.
Although the plot is simple, it allows for various funny situations, just as all sitcoms should. But Young & Hungry isn't just a chill show. It also offers valuable life lessons.
In The End, Young & Hungry Is About Never Giving Up
Would you give up after failing multiple times to launch your dream career? Gabi wouldn't. Young & Hungry is about determination, and who doesn't want to watch a show that reminds us that we should never abandon our dreams? Much like Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it's positive and inspiring to watch Gabi take on the world to achieve her dreams.
Emily Osment has done an awesome job with the role of Gabi, truly owning the part and showing herself to be a lovable character who you'll root for from episode one. And she's not the only one. In fact, one of the greatest components of the show is the on-screen chemistry between her and Jonathan Sadowski, who gives a refreshing performance as Josh.
On-screen Chemistry Between Gabi & Josh is Hilariously Awkward!
Gabi is upbeat, bubbly (and babbly), even when she's not feeling it, which means Josh, a sweet, nerdy guy, is a perfect on-screen companion. Together, they make for many hilariously awkward moments that shows that their on-screen chemistry is spot on. What I love about these characters is that they both are big kids in an charming way; their goofy ways remind me that joy can come out of the little things, like Josh's obsession with apps and tech.
These two also have an interesting dynamic with work and play. Josh is also Gabi's boss, which adds complication to their relationship, but the way the two characters handle it only creates funnier on-screen interactions. This duo deserves the type of love we have for couples like Ross and Rachel, Leonard and Penny, and Marshall and Lily. They are unbelievably cute and when they mess things up (which is often) it's always an entertaining watch. Gabi and Josh bring a youthful vibrance to the show, adding another reason why it's called Young & Hungry! But they aren't the only ones making this shit a must-see.
Aimee Carrero: So Popular, She's Getting a Spin-Off!
Sofia, Gabi's aspiring lawyer roommate played by Aimee Carrero, is simply amazing in the show. She has been such a hit that she's scheduled to get her own spin-off show alongside Ashley Tisdale, who guest starred in Young & Hungry as a magazine editor. Gabi and Sofia will give you an awesome on-screen roommate experience reminiscent of New Girl and 2 Broke Girls. The pair are really strong feminine characters, and I think we can all agree that TV needs more of those!
But Sofia isn't the only supporting character that warms the hearts of viewers. Yolanda and Elliot also work for Josh, and their drama makes for more chuckles. Elliot will activate his "magic gay powers" and "yay!!!" the hell out of you.
The rivalry that develops between Elliot and Yolanda is hilarious. They make each other's life harder in a similar way to bickering siblings, which is more than entertaining. As I've said before (in this post about Joe West from The Flash), when I first fall in love with a show, it's because I connect with the characters. Young & Hungry's cast is incredibly relatable, which makes it a great sitcom. Oh, and did I mention that Seasons 1-3 are available on Netflix?
So, what are you waiting for? Join the Young & Hungry family now!