Why I Love Girls

By June 21, 2012

Let’s face it – HBO has been pumping out amazing content for many years now… but when word hit the street of Lena Dunham’s creation “Girls,” staring Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke – the word nepotism was cried through actorland.

So tell me, which one of these GIRLS isn’t pulling their weight?

Following the HBO pattern of sex first, story later – “Girls” is shamelessly told from the young female perspective.  Current, raw and most definitely self-deprecating, the writing and characters are real and incredibly human.  Spoiled, narcissistic, out of touch and vulnerable all at once, “Girls” is possibly the first pop culture offering that’s post-feminist and torridly feminine in perspective and voice.  Only two of the four main characters are traditionally “hot,” allowing the voice of the show to be more clearly heard.

Let’s not overlook the remarkable fact that HBO agreed to a woman under 30 running the show; Dunham wrote, directed and co-executive produced the pilot (with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner as executive producers), wrote or co-wrote all ten episodes of the first season, and directed five.  Sadly the controversy surrounding the show’s flaws has allowed this AMAZING fact to be dismissed by some.  Kudos to Apatow and HBO for recognizing Dunham’s talents and voice.

The show is not perfect…. not many are.  If you don’t find “Girls” funny, you may simply not have a sense of humor.  Or a pulse.

Okay Newsroom, your turn to win me over.

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