STATE OF GEORGIA “Flavor of the Week” Review

STATE OF GEORGIA (ABC Family) Flavor of the Week Episode 2 (3)

STATE OF GEORGIA “Flavor of the Week” Season 1, Episode 2 – This week’s episode of State of Georgia had Jo delirious with joy after finding a yogurt shop that sold soft serve suitable enough for her delicate digestive tract. Unfortunately for Jo, Georgia found a yogurt shop attendant that she just couldn’t resist which made Jo’s time with her beloved frozen yogurt short lived.

I enjoyed the back story that Jo offered about Georgia’s history of impeding their access to delicious food via her short lived romances. Learning about their history before the move to New York helped me understand their friendship. The whole fist-bump gag with the yogurt shop guy ran on a little longer than I would have liked (especially since I didn’t think it was very funny to begin with) but the accidental phone call and texting scene made up for it.

Jo’s storyline branched off nicely from the yogurt shop to her college campus where we met a few of her classmates. Lewis, Seth and Leo were great nerds and Leo’s constant tattle-telling and scornful looks of disapproval made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Jo seemed less awkward and much more witty than she was in the pilot which I thought was a move in the right direction for the character. I liked Jo in the pilot, but I loved her after this episode.

Like the pilot, there were moments were Georgia used her seductive charms for the sake of comedy. I didn’t really buy it last week, but it worked for me tonight because I got a better understanding of what kind of character Georgia is supposed to be. She isn’t worried about finding a husband or being stuck in a dead end job and because she’s just starting out her adventure in adulthood, she’s not jaded or bitter yet. It is in that space that Georgia can be a vixen without betraying the character’s youthful comedic heart.

Although I’m sure sitcom fans of every age can find something to laugh about in State of Georgia, I’m finding that this show is particularly fitting for older teens and young adults who may have outgrown the family sitcoms they grew up watching, but still don’t quite identify with comedies that spotlight adult characters in later stages of life. State of Georgia is turning out to be a legitimate sitcom that may best fill in that little comedic gap.