“Younger” (Airs 11/2 at 10pm ET/PT)
Television struggles with how to represent the publishing industry onscreen. Need we remind you of the great Gilmore Girls debacle of 2016? But one series that seems to be getting it right is the charming TV Land show Younger, starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff as editors at a respected publishing house. Yes, Younger — which aired its season-three finale Wednesday night — is a very silly show about a 40-year-old woman lying to people about her age, but the truest aspect of the series is its representation of the book world. The literary jokes, the name-dropping of authors, the casual mentions of influential critics. To prove this point, we’ve compiled every literary reference made on the show. Get yourself a Tequila Mockingbird cocktail and enjoy.
“My eat, pray, endure chronic diarrhea phase”
Joyce Carol Oates
The New York Times
Karl Ove Knausgård. The show references him with a fake author, Anton Bjornberg.
You’ve Got Mail
London Book Fair
Things Fall Apart
No Longer at Ease
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tequila Mockingbird cocktail
Bridget Jones Daquiris cocktail
The show alludes to Candace Bushnell with a fake author, Annabell Bancroft (played by the incredible Jane Krakwoski) who has books with titles like She-donism, Man-hattan, and Goldman Sex.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The slush pile, a stack of unread manuscripts in a publisher’s office
A fake book titled The Scarf is written by an author played by Ana Gasteyer, who ripped the idea off another fake book titled The Babushka.
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Handmaid’s Tale
Margarita Atwood cocktails
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Kathryn Stockett, The Help
The gorgeous Nadia Dajani makes an appearance as a fictional author Megyn Vernoff who writes New Tricks, about a woman in her 40s getting her sex drive back.
Mention of a fake Ellen DeGeneres memoir
Tina Fey, Bossypants
A joke is made about Tumblrs being turned into books, which, yes, does happen.
Bobby Flay cookbook
John Green is honored with a fake author named Rob Olive who writes books like Hashtag I’m Dying.
The Fault in Our Stars
Galleycat, a blog about the publishing industry.
Katie Lee cookbook
Elizabeth Warren autobiography
The Book Ninja, a website that guides authors through the world of book publishing
The Bechdel test
A tribute is made to infamous beauty blogger turned author Cat Marnell with the fictional Jade Winslow
The Devil Wears Prada
Vulture, world-renowned pop-culture site
The New Yorker. When referencing an article of theirs Sutton Foster’s character says “They shouted and murmured the crap out of it.”
Books seen around the office by Janet Evanovich, Whitley Strieber
A fictional publisher called Achilles
The Feminine Mystique
92nd Street Y
“Condé Nasties,” a not-at-all gendered term for people who work at Condé Nast
“Hearst circle jerks,” a graphic description of the employees at the magazine company
“Marie Claire enema retreat.” We’re really hoping this is a fictional event at the famed women’s magazine.
The Cut, widely loved women’s lifestyle site
By the Book, a column in the New York Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Blue Stockings, local NYC bookstore
To Kill a Mockingbird
Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Camryn Manheim appears on the show to play the fictional author, Dr. Wray who writes a self-help book for millennials called The Deciding Decade.
Matthew Morrison cameos as the farmer turned author Sebastian who later — spoiler alert — has sex with a sheep.
A Year in Provence
In Younger’s silliest reference, an author named Edward L.L. Moore appears who writes a fantasy series called Crown of Kings. George R.R. Martin is counting his money somewhere.
Good Morning America
The Today show
Seth Meyers, Ice T, Misty Copeland, Diane Rehm, and Terry Gross all turn out to be fans of Edward L.L. Moore.
Books around the office: His Bright Light, Edible America
Fictional author Stephanie Smith joins the company with a book called The Zodiac of Love. Perhaps an homage to astrologer Susan Miller?
In a very on-trend tribute, a Marie Kondo–like author, Kiko Kagami publishes a book titled Blissful Living.
Kathie Lee and Hoda
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
A fake book called P is for Pigeon is mentioned, which gives us serious Ann Patchett vibes.
Anthony Lane of The New Yorker
Bloody Mary Shelley cocktail
The printing press
The New York Times “Business” section
Many jokes are made about YouTube stars getting book deals, which, yes, does happen.
The Iowa Writers’ Workshop
A fictional historical novel is pitched about Theodora, the Byzantine empress.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
The New York Times “Fashion & Style” section
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Great Gatsby
The Man Booker prize
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The time has come the walrus said.”
The fictional Edward L.L Moore returns, this time writing under the female nom de plume, Aubrey Alexis. He refuses to appear in public, reminiscent of Elena Ferrante.
Young Lions, a membership group of the New York Public Library
Lena Dunham’s new imprint
The Approval Matrix, a New York institution
The Hollywood Reporter
The Today show
Vulture (we’re blushing)
The New School
The New Yorker Page-Turner blog
The New Yorker “Talk of the Town” section
John Keats and Fanny Brawne
Bonfire of the Vanities
Scott Rudin, Hollywood producer known for adaption books into film
The Paris Review
The PEN awards
The National Book Awards
The Met Gala
Frankfurt and London Book Fairs
Reach Out and Read non-profit organization
The very fake Hamptons Book Fair
Simon & Schuster
The Bridgehampton Library
Mary Higgins Clark
A fictional photographer named Amy Lynne Stone appears who reminds us of an Annie Leibovitz type.
The New York Times best-sellers list
A Sheryl Sandberg–style motivational speaker named Antonia Stewart gives a Lean In–esque fake TED talk called Get Real.
A book gets a Netflix adaptation.