The “Girls” premiere on Sunday night left me underwhelmed. I lived in New York City in my 20s and I expected to relate to the show. But I didn’t. Not by a long shot. Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) whined and pouted her way through the episode, balking at the idea of weaning herself off her parents’ checking account. She’s 24 years old! Doesn’t she want to succeed? Doesn’t she want to be independent? More troubling, doesn’t she have any pride?
Speaking of pride, you know who has a lot of it? Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) on “Eastbound & Down.” The show’s series finale aired the same night — Spoilers Ahead! — and it was an interesting juxtaposition to “Girls.” Like Hannah, Kenny Powers whines and pouts through life. He ended the series returning to April and his son, Toby, which was a little too neat for the usually unhinged Kenny Powers. It’s a shame because I would’ve liked to have seen a different kind of shake-up in his life rather than fatherhood to keep things interesting.
Then, I had an idea: Hannah should switch places with Kenny Powers. Transport Kenny Powers to Brooklyn. Plop Hannah in Myrtle Beach. I’m already laughing just picturing it! Sure, a 24-year-old New York mumbler and an immature baseball pitcher may not appear to have too much in common, but I’d argue that they do: (This may contain spoilers if you haven’t seen both shows, so proceed at your own risk.) Keep reading »
I’ve been trying on men lately like Goldilocks testing out chairs and porridge, vacillating between one extreme and the other — scalding hot and limply cold, too soft and too damn hard.
Sunday night’s premiere episode of HBO’s new comedy “Girls” drove home this idea of extremes when it comes to self-selecting men: the difficulty of finding one that is just right and why we continue to dwell on the very, very wrong ones.
Judging from my social media streams and a litany of text messages from friends, most of us watching “Girls” were struck by the dilemma of dating the asshole versus dating the nice guy and how neither is a viable option. Keep reading »
HBO’s new show “Girls” premiered last night, and while we enjoyed seeing this modern, messier take on the “Sex and the City” formula — group of female friends deal with dating and relationship drama in New York City — sometimes the realities of the dating world can be a bit cringe-inducing (albeit relatable). In this inaugural episode we meet two main couples: Hannah (Lena Dunham) and the guy she’s dating Adam, and Hannah’s roommate Marnie (Allison Williams) and her boyfriend Charlie. Both pairs have some major issues that portray what not to do in a relationship. So here are some dating don’ts from last night’s “Girls.” Read more…
So. Did you watch the premiere of “Girls” last night? I did and I loved it. I thought the writing was fresh and realistic and funny — like, I laughed out loud and I rarely do that when I’m watching TV alone and not being egged on by other peoples’ laughter — and the overarching plot and point-of-view felt familiar. I say familiar because I rarely demand that TV (or movies, for that matter) reflects my own experience, but “Girls” reminded me of certain times in my life in a way that made me sigh and cringe. At the end of the day, “Girls” is about four women stuck in that awkward period when “independence” is both exciting and scary as hell, though the setting (New York City) and circumstances (with parental support and then struggling without) may not reflect your own; I thought Lena Dunham and crew did an excellent job capturing that right out the gate and I’m excited to see what happens next.
Now, I’m pretty sure the blogosphere is spilling over with commentary about what the show got right and wrong, but allow me to pile on anyway. Here are 13 things from the “Girls” premiere that just seemed universally accurate. Keep reading »
Hello, my name is Alexandra Gekas and I am a single woman living in New York City who used to watch “Sex and the City.” I can assure you that I did not come to New York City to live the life of “Sex in the City.” But I also did not know just how unrealistic and off-base that show was when I arrived five years ago, otherwise I probably would have stayed away.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this city. Its power, its energy, its diversity… That’s why people are willing to sacrifice so much to stay here. New York is like that insanely hot guy who’s kind of mean to you, but the sex is great and when he’s on he makes you feel so good, you just keep coming back for more. But he’s not exactly Mr. Right, now is he? Having watched the new ABC show “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23” and in anticipation of the upcoming HBO show “Girls” (which premieres on Sunday night), I’ve realized that A) I have not let myself admit just how hard it really is and B) not only am I not alone, but there are so many of me that my life has become a television cliché. Keep reading »
“People are saying this is ‘Sex and the City’ for the next generation,” said Conan O’Brien, speaking to Lena Dunham, on last night’s episode of “Conan.” The Los Angeles Times called Dunham’s show “Girls” “the uncomfortably true voice of millennial women.” And The New Yorker attacked “Girls” for its lack of inclusivity: “‘Girls’ also paints a revealing picture because of what, or whom, it leaves out. The show’s young women are protected, in part, by privilege,” notes writer Margaret Talbot.
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“I think Sarah Silverman had a quote where she was like, ‘Sometimes with an old guy with misogyny you’re just like, “You cute old guy. You misogynist.” I almost feel like ['Two & A Half Men' co-creator Lee Aronsohn, who complained last week that too many women have shows on TV ] is holding on desperately to a world that no longer exists … I felt especially bad for him because it’s not even a funny joke. If you had a good quip, I’d be like, ‘Well, you’re a dick, but at least you’re a good comedy writer!’ But with that, I was like, ‘Come on, dude. “Labia saturation point”?’ It’s also so dumb. There’s three shows on TV about women, so I guess we really reached our limit. It’s not like three-quarters of the world is comprised of women, you idiot.
I almost wanted to do a tweet, but I didn’t do it: ‘Since we’ve reached our labia saturation point on television, I’ve decided not to release “Girls.”‘ Like, ‘HBO’s behind me on this decision and we’re so sorry for anybody we’re disappointing, but we really can’t over-vagina the TV. Lee has spoken.’”
– Lena Dunham, creator of “Girls,” responds to Lee Aronsohn’s fretfulness last week over reaching “peak vagina on television.” Lena’s got a point: if you’re going to be a sexist asshat … at least be a funny sexist asshat. [Huffington Post]
Hey, sorry, everybody, but if you were planning on inviting me to hang out on Sunday, April 15, I won’t be able to make it. Or any Sunday thereafter for at least a few months. See, “Girls” premieres this coming Sunday and, well, this extended trailer has managed to make me even more psyched than I already was. Which was a lot. So, raincheck? [via Hello Giggles]
Oh, Claire. Just yesterday I was fawning over your honest, funny, totally relatable interview with ASOS. You looked simultaneously adorable and enviably cool. You called yourself a “sales slut”; I identified. The Preen dress you wore last night to the premiere of “Girls,” however, was a different story. A really, really different story — it was straight up ugly. Bad fit, bad length, bad … design. Bad everything, really. Your hair and makeup looks great, but as far as the outfit goes, the question must be posed: what were you thinking? Even Chloe Sevigny would say, “That’s ugly.” Actually, maybe not, but you should know better than to ever take fashion advice from Chloe Sevigny.
“‘Sex and the City’ [is] not necessarily an influence on the show, but it’s an influence on the girls in the show and we know the show couldn’t exist without it because these girls wouldn’t exist without it. They wouldn’t have necessarily had the drive to move to New York and try to live this specific life if they hadn’t watched ‘Sex and the City’ marathons behind their parents’ backs. … The only thing we can hope to do is a different version of a ‘Sex and the City’ story. We’ve actually stopped allowing people in in the writer’s room to go, ‘Actually that’s an episode of “Sex and the City.” It’s the same as going, ‘Actually that’s an episode of “Seinfeld,”‘ because everyone on ‘Seinfeld’ did everything there is to do in New York City. They’ve had every adventure possible.”
– Lena Dunham, the writer, director and star of the upcoming HBO show “Girls,” talked to Heeb about references her show will make to its Botoxed big sister, “Sex and the City.” It’s cool that she’s acknowledging her predecessor, yet I don’t understand why any show that also happens to star a group of women has to automatically be similar in some way, or even compared in some way, to “SATC.” There’s a lot more demographics to represent not only in NYC, but in life. I’ve only seen the same preview clips of “Girls” that everyone else has, but what I really like about it is how it feels like a fresh, new story being told … right? [Heeb Magazine]