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Why Are Even Adults Watching “The Summer I Turned Pretty”?

By Orgesta Tolaj


28 August 2023

The Summer I turned pretty

From lousy kissing scenes to cringy lines that age like milk, teen shows have always remained generation-specific. It is not shocking that new generations definitely find cringe content in early TV shows and movies. Similarly, boomers and millennials find it difficult to relate to newer releases.

While teen flicks are known for stealing the hearts of teenagers and pre-teens, this show has definitely taken it up a notch! We are talking about “The Summer I Turned Pretty”, the show that has stolen girls’ hearts no matter how old or young they are.

Why Is Everyone So Obsessed with “The Summer I Turned Pretty”?

So, what makes the show so intriguing for adults as well? “The Summer I Turned Pretty” (TSITP) has become a major success. It is currently ranking at the top of Prime’s most-watched list and recently being renewed for a third season. However, the fact that adults are part of its audience is not surprising.

Stories centered around teenagers have always been popular in entertainment. We are no strangers to shows like “Euphoria” and “Gossip Girl” being cultural phenomena long before TSITP was conceived. Unlike these shows, TSITP stands out for its sincere and earnest approach. It is also known for lacking the overt “crossover” appeal commonly associated with TVF shows like these.

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TSITP appears to draw comparisons to “Dawson’s Creek,” another hit series from the late ’90s and early 2000s. This may explain why some millennials are tuning in, feeling nostalgic for that era. Whether you have watched “Dawson’s Creek” or not, is not an issue. TSITP seems to have captured the hearts of millennial women as their secret guilty pleasure.

Where Are All of These Women Coming From?

This reluctance to openly admit to watching the show may stem from how effectively it transports viewers back to the teenage summers of their youth, with the excitement of seemingly endless lazy days and the intense emotions that come with that time of life.

The show evokes such a visceral sense of being a teenager that viewers might even question if it is too late for them to have a “summer they turn pretty” and whether they belong in this teenage world, once they remember their true age.

“The Summer I Turned Pretty” has quickly turned into a show that is connecting women and girls from all generations as it shows it is never really too late to find a summer where they can turn pretty. Are you looking forward to the next “hot girl summer” or “the summer you turn pretty”? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Orgesta Tolaj

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