Series: Young & Hungry

Young & Hungry is a 2014 sitcom comedy show airing on ABC Family, with Ashley Tisdale as the executive producer. It is partially based on the life of Gabi Moskowitz, a food blogger who runs BrokeAssGourmet.com.

It stars young food blogger and poor woman Gabi Diamond (Emily Osment) becoming the new personal chef for the young tech millionaire Josh Kaminski (Jonathan Sadowski). Alongside the two main characters are Gabi's best friend and ambitious banking intern Sofia Rodriguez (Aimee Carrero), Josh's gay personal publicist Elliot Park (Rex Lee) and housekeeper Yolanda (Kym Whitley).

The premise of the story is about food blogger Gabi finding a job as the personal chef for Josh in order to get out of poverty with her friend Sofia. Using some incredible skills that allow her to tell what people around her would like to eat the most, she proves herself to Josh (with a simple grilled cheese sandwich he found exquisite). Unfortunately, Josh's aide Elliot would rather prefer Josh to have a famous chef instead of a unheard of blonde girl like Gabi, so she decides to truly prove herself to Josh, while also avoiding any personal feelings and advances she develops for him with their ridiculously high chemistry. Hilarity Ensues.

The series has been renewed for a second season after its moderate success.


  • The Alleged Car: Gabi's car in "Young and Carless" is revealed to be this.
  • Alpha Bitch: Caroline. She has a jerkish attitude that isn't Played for Laughs like Elliot and is quick to blame Gabi about anything shady that happens to her.
  • Benevolent Boss: Josh is this big time.
    • This gets him into trouble in "Young and Carless" when he trades in Gabi's broken down car for a newer used one with him paying the difference out of pocket. He ends up not realizing that Gabi's mother gave the car to her shortly before she died. He's even willing to pay up to $30,000 to fix his mistake but Gabi won't let him.
  • Birds of a Feather: Josh and Gabi share so much in common that they'd make the perfect couple. The man is in love with another woman, unfortunately.
  • Camp Gay: Elliot.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Logan, only in the way how she treats people at her company.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: In "Young & Pretty Woman", Gabi stupidly turns on the microphone at the audio room and lets everyone and Cooper in the karaoke bar know without meaning to that she truly loves Josh more than Cooper. Utterly heartbroken, Cooper reveals to Gabi that Josh was sure she was the one the same day he broke up with Caroline three months ago and only made her dating with Cooper more miserable because he kept holding back, ending up with all three of them at odds with each other.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Elliot, and sometimes Yolanda or Sofia.
  • Determinator: Much of the humor and drama of the show is built around Gabi's determination to make a great impression on Josh, not let their embarrassing one-night fling become problematic in their relationship or professional lives, and her willingness to make it (or at least keep her job and income) in the field she has passion for and talent in, even as the odds are stacked against her (Eliot's meddling and Caroline's manipulating don't help matters). The fact that she and her roommate Sofia are close to poverty and barely scraping by adds to Gabi's desperation.
    • Almost every plot that has Gabi in it has her try to make people happy, only to make things worse until either she succeeds in her plans or Status Quo Is God happens.
  • Downer Ending: In the finale, just after Josh breaks up with Caroline, he runs towards Gabi's apartment, only to find Cooper got there first.
    • In "Young & Pretty Woman", when Gabi indirectly tells Cooper and a whole bar of people she loves Josh more than him. Cooper retaliates by telling her about Josh's withdrawal for his affections and causes Gabi to think Josh is a jerk.
  • Dumb Blonde: Elliot's treatment of Gabi can be described as this. He sees her as a dumb girl, probably because he wants her away ASAP.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: This mainly pertains to the pilot but the view of the Golden Gate Bridge pretty much right next door from Josh's Penthouse is impossible. The bridge is located in the northern part of the city which mainly contains the Presidio national park. No tall buildings exist there Most of the tall building are in the west part of the city. The bay bridge however would be more realistic. The post pilot episodes put the bridge much farther away but it's still questionable.
  • Enemy Mine: A variation of the trope happens between Caroline and Sofia quickly becoming friends. Even after it's revealed that Sofia was just faking being Cooper's girlfriend to keep his relationship with Gabi a secret, Caroline forgives her just because she was super devious about the fake dating. Caroline then visits Gabi and Sofia's rundown apartment which disgusts her and says nothing else to her as she leaves.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Gabi and Cooper end up doing this three times in a single night and this was after both of them were about to stop being a couple.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Caroline will pretty much forgive anything Josh does that looks heinous if he manages to turn her on, be it by cheating on her for a little while or forcibly being demanding and controlling to her.
  • Genki Girl: Gabi has elements of this at times.
  • Gossip Evolution: The plot in "Young and Pregnant." Gabi's (messed up) pregnancy test winds up in the trash, which is found by Yolanda who thinks Caroline is pregnant with Josh's baby. Ironically, elsewhere, Josh winds up mishearing Caroline's talk over the phone with his father saying she has a baby for Josh, when in truth the baby she was talking about was a pony named Juju Jr as a gift for Josh.
  • Gossipy Hens: Yolanda and Elliot (who's gay and fits with the trope's common gender) practically compete with each other to see who gets the most gossips.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All the post-pilot episode titles begin with "Young and..."
  • Incompatible Orientation: There's been further and further hints in the first season that Elliot has a crush on Josh, wants him all to himself, and is coming on to him. Some Hilarity Ensues as Josh deflects and sidesteps all of Elliot's advances. May even explain Elliot's resentment over Gabi, along with his general territorialism.
  • In Love with Love: A Discussed Trope in the season 1 finale of Young & Hungry, as Gabi, speaking to Sofia while preparing Josh's wedding to Caroline, discusses her ideal romantic relationship as being like the ending scenes in Pretty Woman. Cooper, similarly to Richard Gere's character in the movie, runs through the airport, comes back to Gabi's house to make it up to her, kisses her in the living room, too late for Josh, who comes to Gabi's window in the rain seconds too late to witness this, having realized Gabi is the true love of his life.
  • Jerkass: Elliot.
    • Josh when he tries to make Gabi leave after her return from her trip with Cooper to China. He hooks up with another girl that can cook just as good as Gabi, which he uses to make her stop working with them. In the end, his attempts to hide his feelings for Gabi make his then-crush Jilly feel disgusted for feeling like a runner up that she ditches him, letting Gabi recover her job (albeit with Josh lying that Jilly left him because she hated his music).
  • Just Friends: Gabi and Cooper's relationship ultimately falls into this when either can't keep their relationship afloat due to Josh's dislike for co-workers dating. Josh does allow her to keep dating Cooper, though it's already too late to mend things.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Logan in the episode "Young and Lesbian."
  • Lethal Chef: Gabi, surprisingly, when she accidentally set a whole kitchen on fire in Europe during her internship because apparently she used a wine bottle that was highly flammable on the frying pan.
  • Meaningful Name: Gabi likes to talk a lot.
  • Money Fetish: Sofia. Cooper ends up regretting giving her his 5-star hotel room to have a night alone with Gabi after he sees the outrageous hotel bill show up in his phone.
  • Mushroom Samba: In "Young & Munchies", Gabi, trying to hit it big, tries to convince Logan to hire her to make it to food editor for her prestigious magazine. Logan suggests her to make new food with marihuana. Gabi does this, and anyone who tries her food out is treated to having wild unrealistic dreams out of them.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Gabi to Cooper.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "Young & Old", Gabi repeatedly makes Elliot's 40th birthday worse. She reveals to his crush Andre that he's 40 when he thought he was 32 which ends up making him dump Elliot, reveals to his parents that he's gay which they don't like, and finally picks Elliot's long-lost crush from school which she confuses with another one with a different last name. She does manage to make the wrong person reconnect with Elliot.
  • Once an Episode: Gabi will usually make a joke about how she's poor, probably more than once an episode.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: When a very wealthy entrepreneur named Kal tells Josh that she's hot on his cook, Josh starts to really lose it with his bottled-up emotions and tries to spy on him using a drone with a camera. However, Kal was actually hot for Josh's then-current cook Adriana, not Gabi.
  • Papa Wolf: Josh disguises his insecurity for seeing Gabi with other men by acting like the trope.
  • Really Gets Around: After Caroline's divorce, Josh is quick to shuffle girlfriends every episode after.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Yolanda. Thankfully, she supports Gabi, unlike Elliot.
  • Secret Keeper: Sofia to Gabi about Josh running all the way to their apartment to confess his love for her, only to find Cooper kissing her. Sofia later tries to tell this to Gabi in "Young & First Time" to let it out of her chest after Gabi's outing with Cooper ends up badly. Not only does Gabi pass out from being tired and never hears the secret, but Cooper arrived there and heard everything Sofia said, which only causes him to reconsider his move to fix up his relationship with Gabi if she liked Josh better. The secret then passes over to Cooper when he tries to tell Gabi about it, until she wakes up and declares she loves him. He then changes what he was going to tell her and announces he's quitting his job at China to stay with her.
  • Status Quo Is God: No matter how deep the issue, Gabi will always find herself back in square one by being Josh's cook.
  • Supreme Chef: Gabi. If you're thinking about eating grilled cheese, she will guess correctly.
  • Team Mom: Yolanda is motherly to both Josh and Gabi.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Both Elliot (gay and Asian) and Yolanda (older and black) mention this when Josh buys Gabi a new car.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds. Yolanda and Elliot love to bicker with each other but love to also share gossip.
    • There's some hints that Elliot is warming up to Gabi.
  • Your Cheating Heart: At the drop of a hat, Gabi has sex with her boss after consoling him when he thinks his girlfriend dumped him. Later, this is averted spectacularly when Caroline explains she slept with someone else, and then Josh also explains he slept with someone else... which turns her on and rekindles her love with him, which she is so aware about and feels she's strange. Then spectacularly subverted with Josh thinking it's best if she didn't know it was the chef he just hired that he slept with. The second episode deals with him trying to keep the security footage from her.
  • Zany Scheme: Gabi hatches a new one in virtually every episode.