Watch the Full Pilot of HBO's New Comedy Girls (VIDEO)

Perhaps you walked into the office today to a chorus of 20-something girls discussing their weekends and exclaiming "OMG! That's so Hannah!" only to be left wondering what happened to "That's so Carrie!" Well, let us explain. Last night marked the debut of HBO's young-women-in-New-York comedy Girls, a new series from movie-festival darling Lena Dunham, who made waves with the indie short film Tiny Furniture.

Girls sticks incredibly close to the formula of Tiny Furniture, following a group of women a few years out of the dorms who are trying to make it in New York City. At the center is Hannah (Lena Dunham), a self-deprecating, Woody-Allen-if-he-was-a-girl-in-her-mid-20s type who gets her financial cord cut by her parents.

Many critics have gushed over the series, but Girls has also found a very vocal backlash (count me in among that cacophony) as it portrays a privileged generation dealing with being born into excess but plopped into the realities of a collapsing economy. To that end, it's a very honest show and one of the first to accurately portray this pivotal generation. This is a love it or hate it show, and I'm very curious to hear what you think. Note: There's some NSFW stuff in here, so probably not a good idea to watch it in class or in the middle of a cubicle farm.


Where do you stand on Girls?


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Apr 17, 2012
""Perhaps you walked into the office today to a chorus of 20-something girls discussing their weekends and exclaiming "OMG! That's so Hannah!" only to be left wondering what happened to "That's so Carrie!" Well, let us explain.""



This sentence sounds dated, like it was written by a 70 year old man trying to sound hip.



""It's a very honest show and one of the first to accurately portray this pivotal generation.""





This sentence comes a lot closer to something you might find in an article about a show like this one. (But i feel like these characters could be from any generation as the way they think and speak is pretty universal when it comes to twenty-somethings...of course none of us think WE were that way)





I found the first episode to be borderline genius in how it was able to simultaneously take the characters seriously while exposing their naivete and superficiality.





Not sure the show--any show--could do this successfully for 13 episodes. But I will tune in to find out. The series will either be great or impossible to watch--look forward to your 4 episode review.
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Apr 17, 2012
Not a female, not in my 20s, not a hipster... but I kind of enjoyed it. I found the writing sharp and the cast interesting. Took a few minutes for me to get into it, but I enjoyed it. Really liked the main characters parents.



I'll stick with it for now. Not quite Enlightened good, but enjoyable if you are into this style of dialogue and story.
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Apr 17, 2012
"but Girls has also found a very vocal backlash (count me in among that cacophony) as it portrays a privileged generation dealing with being born into excess but plopped into the realities of a collapsing economy."



Yeah, this...of the approximately 12 characters we're introduced to, I found 6 to be loathesome, 1 to be an idiot, 4 to be determined (indifferent) and 1 to be sympathetic.



If you're going to have so many characters I hate, and I mean hate...I just don't know how a show like that exists *shrug*



Here's hoping that in the coming episodes (because I'll give it a couple more tries) they make the characters more sympathetic...and here is a hint to writers:

You don't make a women sympathetic simply because the guy that screws her (both mentally and physically) is AN EVEN WORSE person with ZERO redeeming qualities.
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Apr 17, 2012
out of 12 characters you found some you liked and didn't like and formed various opinions about them?



Sounds a lot like real life, huh
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Apr 18, 2012
No. I found 1 that was sympathetic. 4 I'm indifferent on. The other 7 I found difficult to watch.



None of the characters did I actually like or would ever want to hang out with.



Though really I don't see how that matters. Being like real life doesn't make it good. Plenty of real life is boring and not something worth watching.
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Apr 17, 2012
Was this supposed to be a comedy? I can't believe HBO would rather air this depressing shit over How to Make It in America and Bored to Death.
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Apr 17, 2012
count me in as a big "bored to death" fan...but prove to me that if "Girls" didn't exist that HBO would still be showing "Bored to Death".
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Apr 17, 2012
I don't know if this show has excellent writing, and I guess I never will. It's hard to get past such a narrow premise of what looks like a poor woman's Sex and the City. In other words, everything indicates that if you're not a woman in your 20s, you'll have serious problems identifying with the characters and situations. As for the "realities of a collapsing economy," that will probably only appeal to Americans and perhaps some Europeans. Most of other countries have known deeper hardships for much longer, so being young in a collapsing American economy seems like whining for a good part of international audiences. And it's hard being young and broke? Ha! Try being old and broke!



I'd rather watch an American show with a broader appeal. Take a show like Lost, for instance. Lost airplane passengers. No matter the gender, age or nationality you could identify with that.
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Apr 17, 2012
I watched and found it VERY uninteresting!!!
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Apr 17, 2012
Ooh. This sounds just like a show I'd like. Really wanna watch it right now but can't take any more time off of doing this paper >< friggin college
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Apr 17, 2012
It was a really great premiere. I found myself literally laughing out loud at some moments. We need more shows like this instead of Gossip Girl.
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Apr 17, 2012
I'm in USA and it's blank white too.
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Apr 17, 2012
try now... we switched the embed code.
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Apr 17, 2012
I wish I could give an opinion, but all I see is a blank white canvass where the video should be.



Is this just a Canadian thing, or are the rest of you internationals having the same problem?
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Apr 17, 2012
People who like this show are right. It's terrific.
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Apr 18, 2012
I heart it!
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Apr 17, 2012
Darn it I'm wrong!
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Apr 17, 2012
I hate being wrong...but...so be it...
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Apr 17, 2012
I am wrong too.
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Apr 17, 2012
Me too.
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Apr 17, 2012
I agree with Price
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Apr 17, 2012
I think it's like Superbad for girls.. Nothing is sugar coated. I liked it!
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