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Whatever happened to middle age? The mysterious case of the disappearing life stage

By Anita Chaudhuri

16 Feb 2023 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

Middle age used to mean settling down, going gray and buying a lawnmower. But for many, these life stages are happening later, if at all (apart from the graying hair maybe). The Guardian reports.

Amid all the recent commentary about John Cleese resurrecting Fawlty Towers, one fact struck me as even more preposterous than the setting’s proposed relocation to a Caribbean boutique hotel: when the original series aired, Cleese was only 35 years old.

When it comes to screen culture, middle age isn’t what it used to be. People magazine gleefully reported last year that the characters in And Just Like That, the rebooted series of Sex and the City, were the same age (average 55) as the Golden Girls when they made their first outing in the mid-80s. How can that be possible? My recollection of the besequined Florida housemates was that they were teetering off this mortal coil, but then everyone seems old when you are young.

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