Girls: Season 1 created by Lena Dunham (Apatow Productions)
Starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet.
A Millennial Decade for a Millennial Generation
Life in the 2nd millennial decade has not been easy for the millennial generation. Twenty-somethings are stuck somewhere between adolescence and adulthood. Some relish in these circumstances, life—as in, job opportunities and serious relationships—is out of reach, so these people decide to remain childish. Others react in the opposite direction; the lack of opportunity offers many frustrations and life is in a standstill.
Given these circumstances, HBO’s series, Girls, feels current and trendy with a humorous take on what the millennial generation encounters in this day and age.
The Economics of an Unemployed Generation
The principle character in Girls is Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham). We learn in the pilot that her parents are cutting the cord, financially speaking. Even though her internship at a cushy New York City publisher seems to be gaining traction and her memoir manuscript is close to completion, her parents believe it is time to introduce Hannah to the real world and the importance of making a living—on your own. As such, that monthly allowance which covered rent for a Brooklyn apartment is gone. In the wake of this announcement, Hannah’s life begins to spiral out of control.
While Girls highlights the economic struggles of its protagonist, it also unveils complicated relationships within a close-knit group of friends.
A Rootless Love
Ever since college, Hannah and her best friend, Marnie (Allison Williams) have been inseparable. As best friends, they share everything with each other, including the odd differences in their love life. On one side, Hannah complains about an on-again-off-again relationship with a borderline abusive and meretricious dude named Adam (Adam Driver). On the other side, Marnie opens up about her mellifluous boyfriend of four years, Charlie (Christopher Abbot). Marnie needs a little intrigue after so many years in one relationship.
Hannah and Marnie remain connected to bohemian world traveler, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and her virgin cousin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). And together, the four girls seek to survive and find happiness in New York City.
Sex in the City for a New Generation
As the season unfolds, Girls closely resembles an updated, hipster version of Sex in the City. Hannah and her friends struggle through relationships and economic insecurity but at the core, Girls is a show about a group of women trying to find community in the big jungle of New York City.
While Sex in the City is not my cup of tea, I enjoyed Girls due to its context. Girls is a funny show; it arranges awkward situations and dives into topics most shows refuse to touch. As a millennial, I understand the economic uncertainties the group of friends faces. For example, I recognize how easy it is for someone to lose a night flipping through Facebook pictures.
Through Girls,Lena Dunham speaks for a generation. I enjoyed watching Season 1 and I look forward to what the future has to offer for this show.
Verdict: 4 out of 5