Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Girls?

Due to the power of positive thinking (and also our job descriptions) we've already seen HBO's new half-hour comedy-drama Girls! Since it airs this weekend after Game of Thrones and Eastbound & Down, here's the lowdown on just how long you should be tuning into HBO on Sunday.


When can I see this?

Girls premieres Sunday, April 15 at 10:30pm, right after Eastbound & Down.


Who’s in it?

She may not be a household name yet, but NY-based writer/director/actress Lena Dunham has been quietly making a name for herself in the independent film world, specifically with her breakout indie hit Tiny Furniture. The cast is made up of mostly unknowns, some of whom also appeared in that film, but eagle-eye viewers (and fans of old-school Whit Stillman films) might recognize Chris Eigemen as a snarky boss.


Who's behind it?

The primary behind-the-scenes figure is super-producer Judd Apatow, whose array of producerly credits includes recent female-centered hit Bridesmaids. But it's just a surface comparison... Girls is actually much closer to another credit of his, Freaks and Geeks.


So what's the story?

Hannah (Dunham), a 24-year-old writer with a milquetoast deadpan is informed by her parents that they're cutting her off immediately. As she prepares to deal with surviving in New York City on her own, she manages to get herself fired from her unpaid internship while also navigating an unhealthy relationship with an actor dude. Meanwhile she finds herself split between taking advice from her uptight Type-A girlfriend and a British free-spirit who's just returned to town.


Who's the target audience?

We're definitely in coming-of-age territory, so certainly the 18-30 range and probably more women will respond to this show than men. But few things are as universal as well-observed human truths, so really anyone should be able to find something to like about it.


Let's hear about the good parts.

If you've seen the trailers, you'll notice Girls is billed as a comedy, but its supposed punchlines are as gentle and understated as to be non-jokes. That's because Girls is much more about creating realistic characters and the awkward situations they constantly invite. Dunham's Hannah is a character who makes bad choices but is sympathetic enough that we hope she'll grow from them. But ultimately the main reason to watch Girls is that the dialogue is simply funny. Sure, its sense of humor is not the laugh-out-loud, puking-in-the-sink hilarity of Bridesmaids, but more old-school Woody Allen, where two characters can just walk the streets of Manhattan discussing ridiculous things.


But it can't be all good, right?

Detractors have already cited Girls' hipster pedigree (Dunham and some of the cast are basically hipster royalty in NYC), so if you're allergic to characters who bask in ironic clothing, music, or jokes, this show may not be for you. And Girls' fearlessness about sexuality (there's a truly awkward and slightly graphic sex scene about halfway through the pilot) might be a bit too much for some viewers.


Alrighty. Let's hear the final verdict, should I watch or not?

Absolutely. There's nothing else like Girls on TV. It's honest, breezy, and compelling, particularly in showing how naive its characters can be. Far from the hipster-bait it appears to be in the trailers, Girls by no means glorifies youth like most other shows about young people. In fact, it should make anyone older than 24 feel relieved that those years are over.


What should accompany my viewing experience?

An Old Fashioned? A Dark 'N Stormy? Something sweet, slightly retro, and involving hard liquor.


Is there a clip I can take a look at so I can decide for myself?

Check out this trailer!


Are you going to take our advice and watch Girls?

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Why do people hate hipst-wurs?
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yep. :)
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Yeah, don't mention that Dunham herself is not just the star but creator, producer, and writer of the show, that's not "behind it". ;-)



Anyway, none of the trailers have really shown anything that tempted me, but Apatow and Dunham were on Late Late Show this week gently pimping it, and they made it seem interesting - I don't mind gal-centric humor (it's gal-centric dramas I can't get into). Unfortunately, I'm cheap so I don't have HBO, thus I'll have enjoy vicariously through the TV.com staff and commenters.
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I'm glad to see Chris Eigemen getting work. I'll tune in, I suppose.
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My first thought is that it's a Sex In The City clone with younger people. I suspect it's going to be full of emotional wallowing meant to substitute for real story. Guys won't have the least bit of interest in it--unless it shows a lot of female nudity--and women will feel like they're being pandered to.
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I do pay for this channel, it would be silly not to try most things. Seems interesting enough to give the first episode a look. I'm generally a fan of irony and weird dialogue.
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It's like having a trailer for the plague. Consider it avoided.
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not A chance, Girls looks terrible
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This show looks like I'd hate every single second of it.
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Isn't it kind of like I Just Want My Pants Back? That's hipster defined for ya
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Euw, hipsters.
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Yeah I'll give it a try, but I'm not sure if it's really for me. I never got the whole hipster thing so I'm just going to hope that the characters are compelling enough for me to stick with it.



Also, I had to look-up milquetoast, so thank you for expanding my vocabulary (not that I'll ever use the word).
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You had me at producer of Freaks and Geeks, definitely watching this!
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I liked her in Tiny Furniture (a little bit too long needed cutting, but interesting enough) so I will definitely watch this show of hers. But I'm not sure if this awkwardness (in movie) and ironic commentary (Dunham hipster natural behavior) good for whole tv series It can bore viewer easily. And I kinda on a fence about her brit girlfriend (it was most bizarre and painful to watch character for me in movie) so strange creature so now she is in it too? And actor who played youtube famous character in Tiny furnit appears in series too. Is he playin' same character? If he is, then we have some kind of a sequel (continuation of Tiny Furn)?
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she was so weird and hilarious in tiny furniture so i will definitely watch this
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Even without all of those endorsing words it's HBO, I'd be crazy not to give it a try.
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Ugh! Hipsters. Why did it have to be hipsters. I will begrudgingly give it a shot, but I am not sure I can stomach hipsters.
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Ew, typical "hatinghipster" person, why did you have to comment? :p Aren't you too cool, Ice Cold even. brrrrrrr! lol! Hipsters are cool at least they aren't like other forms of media that try to make themselves the norm to follow. The internet is full of 'em...
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Ha. I just read your comment after I submitted mine. Damn, hipsters.
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I'd say it actually paints hipsters in a pretty negative light. So you might like it for that reason!
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Don't they already paint themselves enough in a negative light. But good to know I will give it a shot.
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Awesome. Thanks Price. I usually don't expect less from HBO.
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Oh that's how I know her, it's Peggy's lesbian gal pal. That was bugging the hell out of me.
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