Let’s talk about “Girls” [A Tall Glass of Shame]
I’m not one to gossip, but let’s talk about Girls. It’s not every day a show comes along on scripted television that stops me in my tracks, makes me laugh, and keeps me coming back for more. Though HBO’s new series Girls has just had it’s Season 1 finale this past Sunday, I am dying to see what Season 2 brings! Lena Dunham has created a show based on the trials and tribulations of a few 20 something feamle friends living in Brooklyn. Many have drawn immediate parallels to Sex and the City, but where that show focussed on a group of friends failing at love while succeeding in life, this set of women is failing in love and life on all counts. These modern young females not only have yet to find their direction in life, they haven’t quite found themselves. The frivolous glossy experiences of cocktailing it up with the girls then bed hoping with New York’s elite in SATC is nowhere to be found here, instead these characters have lowered their expectations and seem to be riding life as a safety raft rather than a speedboat. The post graduate experience of stumbling along is brilliantly written and portrayed here and this show is a new must see in my book.
Our first impression of Hannah Horvath, played brilliantly by creator Lena Dunham, isn’t an incredibly positive one. We first see her as she’s shoveling an expensive dinner into her mouth with gusto, she doesn’t normally eat this well except when her parents are picking up the check. At dinner her parents tell her that, two years after graduating college, they’re going to stop subsidizing her life as a would-be writer in Brooklyn. Hannah is indignant and tells them “I could be a drug addict! Do you realize how lucky you are?” before announcing that she won’t have time to see them again on her trip because “I am busy — trying to become who I am!”
Unlike most television comedies that rely on immediately presenting you with how wonderful their characters are and why you can’t help loving them, this one shows us just how pathetic, self-involved, lost and messed up these characters really are and yet gets us to like them in spite of their very realistic flaws. The amount of thought that has been put into these characters is so flushed out that I am almost convinced I have not only met one or two of these girls, but some of them may be among my current circle of friends. Is this what Post Feminism looks like? So many shows have been based on men who were unlikeable, messy, and just plain tactless, so perhaps this is the first time we get to laugh along with a female equivalent to Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm? I am happy to see a schlub female character making her way through the world without a constant barrage of the SATC trapping like Manolos and Cosmos. Hannah’s comment, “Hey look! my shoes match my dress… sort of…” says it all. Hannah is not trying to be a carbon copy of Carrie Bradshaw, if anything she is rebelling against everything expected of her and everyone she comes into contact with, in the end that might just make her like all of her friends.
I know everyone on the internet has their opinions about this show lately, obviously I am now one of them throwing in my useless 2 cents, but even the dead horse from the cancelled HBO show Luck has started tweeting about Girls. You can read the clever and snarky commentary here and see what a pissed off, dead as a doornail, cancelled show horse thinks of all the buzz. I wonder if HBO is wishing they turned him into glue sooner?
Some people love Girls like I do, others “Hate watch it,” and some critics have panned it as a greenlit mistake on HBO’s part. I think it is worth every half hour I have devoted to it. I suggest going back now to check it out On Demand or getting your hands on the DVD when it is released, this may just be the most well crafted guilty pleasure to hit the airwaves in years.
Check out the Season 1 trailer:
Here’s a quick taste of Episode 7′s amazing Crack mishap…Everyone could use a Crack Spirit Guide.
While I am not woman, and am no longer in my twenties I can’t promise you that this is an accurate portrayal of the modern 20-something woman, but I can tell you this: These characters are well written, too smart to make such stupid mistakes, loathsome in moments, fun to watch, and all too incredibly believable. Hannah jokes in the first episode she may be the voice of her generation, or A generation anyway, but in reality… Lena Dunham just might be.
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