HBO has done it again. They have sucked me in and made me wish I had hours-on-end available to just sit and watch TV, vegging out until I?remember that the world is made up of human experiences.
The show's slogan, "Living the Dream. One mistake at a time." should be posted on my forehead every time I think nobody could possibly understand what is occurring inside my brain.
The show "Girls" is classified as "comedy-drama," but to me, there are way too many situations in the series that make me think, "So I'm not the only one "
“Girls,” which is in the middle of its second season,?may be seen at 9 p.m. Sundays on HBO.
"Girls" follows four friends who are living in New York City, starting their careers, trying to make it on their own and hoping to figure out this thing called life. That's not even mentioning bills and understanding what you actually want to do with your life, all while balancing a love life to boot. I guess you could call it the raw, uncut version of "Sex and the City."
In the first episode, we're introduced to Hannah, the show's star, who gets the shock of her life when her parents cut her off with no warning.
Living in New York City, she was completely reliant on her parents for all her expenses as she tried to make in the world as a writer. Hannah is selfish. She's self-centered. She thinks no one has ever had it as rough as her. She is completely shocked and so angry at her parents.
But it's completely comical. I find myself hating her character, then loving her, then completely sympathizing with her as I nod my head knowing exactly what she's going through. Hannah is a real girl. There is no glitz or glamour with her.
Hannah is played by Lena Dunham, the show's creator who based the series on her real-life experiences. With none other than Judd Apatow on board as an executive producer, "Girls" premiered on HBO in April of 2012.
The other main characters are Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna. Marnie is Hannah's roommate and best friend, and the first character to point out to the audience that Hannah only cares about one person, herself.
Even in the first episode, Marnie is caught in the struggle of realizing she no longer loves her boyfriend and hilariously gets a "creepy uncle vibe" from him.
Jessa, the world traveler who blows in from some random adventure in Europe comes back to New York City and brings a darker, dryer side to the show. She's adventurous, yet loveable. Marnie is appalled by Jessa's complete lack of respect, Hannah loves Jessa because she is spontaneous and helps Hannah "let loose." Shoshanna is in awe of the woman Jessa is to her.
Jessa lives with Shoshanna, who is her young, naive cousin, who feels her biggest fault in life is that she's a virgin. She's also obsessed with "Sex and the City," which I believe gives her a complex. Nobody's life is like that, duh!
One of the best moments so far that I've watched solidified my love for the show.
After both Hannah and Marnie go through some personal rough patches (Marnie finds out her ex-boyfriend is gay, she has HPV and Marnie realizes she isn't interested in her boyfriend anymore) they both dance to "Dancing on My Own" by Robyn.
Now, as if Robyn isn't awesome enough by herself, "Girls" showed an emotional part of life, a part of life when you just need your best friend, your girlfriends to be there to smile and listen. It sounds sappy, but any girl knows there is no other relationship like the one you have with you girlfriends.
There has been a lot of criticism about the sex scenes in "Girls," but if that's the only thing you're paying attention to, you're completely missing the point. Any 20-something who is trying to find themselves, trying to figure out their place in the world, will appreciate the awkwardness, the humor and the downright depression that this show presents. I found myself completely falling in love with every character, regardless of the flaws and blatant obnoxiousness their character portrays. Each one of the characters represent someone you might have met, known, or known of in your life that helped you figure out the person you are now.
I appreciate the realness the show presents, but it's still marketable because it's funny. I'm a fan and interested to see the characters develop over the upcoming season. Being able to relate to a show makes it that much more interesting.
Watch "Girls" on HBO at 9 p.m. Sundays.