What Is It About?
Four girls in their early 20’s live in New York City as recent college graduates. Think of it as the anti Sex and The City. These girls are broke, not nearly as hot or fashionable as Carrie and company (or so they would like us to believe) and our lead Hannah has been living on her parent’s money for the last two years. When they decide to cut her off, she inadvertently quits her unpaid internship by requesting to get paid and thus being let go. She seeks out advice and comfort from her friends. She needs a job fast.
When It’s On
Sunday’s at 10:30 on HBO.
I feel like I literally have had every single conversation in this show. Girls is ridiculously on point with the pulse of what it means to be a college graduate in today’s work world as something artistic, especially in New York City (and I imagine mostly anywhere). Is there anything worse than having a hipster yell at you on the street to smile? It’s really good to have a show like this. When Hannah wonders why the former intern Jodi was hired, her boss responds, “Because Jodi knows photoshop.” This is simple, yet brilliant.
The opening scene of Hannah having dinner with her parents is weirdly a conversation we’ve all had. We’ve been to that point where our parents just feel the need to cut us off. It’s quick, witty and a very accurate.
What Doesn’t Work
The characters are too indulgent for their own good. Yes, we want the show to be realistic, but there’s no way I’m ever going to root for a group of girls who sulk around miserably (and often quite stupidly) and refuse to get a job. The character Shoshanna (really?) is laughable. Nobody is that stupid.
Hannah’s friend with benefits refuses to work because he doesn’t want to be “anyone’s slave.” Where is the line between a show about defiance and the struggles of young 20 something women, and blatant full out combat against the mainstream? I’m not sure, but Girls certainly needs to figure it out.
It’s also a bit too MTV for my taste. I appreciate what Girls is trying to do, and with more episodes around the corner, I’ll be very curious to see if it can build any sort of character development with the supporting cast. Because for now, they are all there just to fill a role. And truthfully, they are all quite boring. This is NYC. They didn’t think to throw a black girl in the mix? The cast is bland.
Should You Watch?
It’s definitely worth watching. It would be a shame to not give a chance to a show with so much potential.
I understand these are some serious struggles, being broke is an awful thing, but these girls seriously need to cheer up. I wanted to love Girls. I want this show to be the voice of a generation (much like Hannah) but unfortunately what we’re left with after the premiere is our annoying lead (Lena Dunham) who really can’t carry a show from what I’ve seen so far. Frankly, these four girls are horribly miscast and I’m not sure any of them can draw me in for an entire series. Please prove me wrong.
There’s a difference between realistic and just plain maudlin. Girls is self pity. It feels like more of a therapy session for Lena Dunham than it does an actual TV show. The concept of flawed characters is one thing, but when Hannah visits her parent’s hotel and literally falls on the floor as an act in order to get money from them, it was alarming. That’s not funny. That’s not pathetic in a funny way. That’s just pathetic, and sort of gross. I get that it was supposed to be pathetic, but is this not a bit too far?
Girls was certainly an admirable attempt at giving us something we really need right now. I’m not counting this show out yet, because I would love more than anything for this show to go on to a massive level of fame and seriously be that depiction of post grad life I’ve so desperately wanted on TV. Let’s not forget, Sex and The City’s first season was pretty awful also. Here’s hoping this show only gets better.