"Girls"

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"Girls"

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by JORDAN ARMSTRONG / KVUE.com

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Posted on June 22, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 11:51 AM

Have you seen "Girls"?

For all of you 20-something single ladies who graduated from college just in time to find an unpaid internship and move back in with your parents, this show is dedicated to you.

HBO’s new series “Girls” just finished its first season, and I am in love. Lena Dunham, the show’s creator and star, uses my generation’s humor to portray life in Brooklyn for four mid-20s girlfriends.

Many call it the new “Sex and the City,” but it’s much more real than that.

The show centers around Hannah (Dunham), a 24-year-old aspiring writer who’s trying to make it in New York City as she manages her dating life, her friendships, and being poor. When her parents cut her off, she finds herself trying to deal with being an artist in a weak economy. Hannah is amazingly self-aware and a little self-centered, which is exactly how girls my age tend to be.

According to the show's tag line, Hannah and her friends "navigate their twenties, one mistake at a time."

Here’s a clip of Hannah psyching herself up for a date when she goes home to visit her parents. Chances are you've done the same thing.

The characters in the show speak truths I’ve never heard on any television show before. My friends and I talk as fast as they do - about the same issues. We also stress a LOT over boys not texting us back.

As young women, we're trying to make it in this world as adults, yet we aren't that "adult" yet. One of my favorite scenes of the show is when Hannah throws a tantrum in front of her parents. At one point she says, "Coffee's for grown ups." And later, "I'm 24, don't tell me what to do!"

The other characters in the show just add to the greatness of it. There’s the free-spirited Jessa (Jemima Kirke), the uptight Marnie (played by my soulmate Brian Williams’ daughter, Allison) and the naïve and innocent Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet).

There are some scenes inappropriate for children (come on, it’s on HBO), but I find this witty and downright REAL interpretation of the lives of women my age very refreshing. It’s definitely a break from media sources that are forcing us to think we aren’t good enough, pretty enough or FUNNY enough.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Executive Producer Judd Apatow (that's right - the king of bro-comedy himself) has been quoted saying he hopes "Girls" will provide men with an insight  into "realistic females."

And he could be right. Several of my male friends have seen the show and love it. One told me, "I fully expected to hate it, grudgingly watched it, then thought it was brilliant."

To sum up Hannah's personality and the tone of the show, here's something she says in the pilot episode to her parents that I loved:

"I think that I may be the voice of my generation. Or at least A voice. Of A generation."

 

NOTE: On July 19, "Girls" was nominated for five Emmy awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. (See Mom, I actually watch good television sometimes!) The Emmys will air Sept. 23.
 

 

 

Jordan Armstrong is a web content producer at KVUE. She holds a degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas. Her addiction to television and movies started when she was five years old and wouldn’t stop watching Fraggle Rock. Jordan’s opinions are not a reflection of the views of KVUE.com, KVUE TV, or its parent company Belo Corp. We actually don’t know why we’re letting her have a column.

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