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Girls is a comedy on HBO that is written, directed and produced by Lena Dunham. It premiered in the spring of 2012 to immediate acclaim. Critics and fans praised Girls for its unflinching look at the real lives of young adults in New York City. The titular girls are not glamorous or aspirational. They are not even likable all the time, and they are not supposed to be.

In the pilot episode, Dunham's Hannah learns that her parents will no longer be financially supporting her. She becomes just another over-educated young adult who cannot find a job. She struggles with the realistic need to land a white collar job despite her lofty dreams of becoming a writer. The show casts Hannah as a ridiculous character. She dreams of writing her memoirs even though it is clear that her life is not special enough to warrant a memoir.

Hannah's best friend Marnie, played by the beautiful Allison Williams, has a respectable adult lifestyle, but her high-strung nature alienates her from her friends and boyfriend. Jemima Kirke's Jessa is a worldly Brit who shakes up her friends' lives when she returns from traveling overseas. She projects a free-spirited attitude that is really covering up pain and fear. She does not crack often, but when she does, there are major repercussions. Jessa's cousin Shoshanna is initially introduced as little more than fast-talking comic relief, but Zosia Mamet gradually chips away at her character's neuroses to reveal a charming oddness. Shoshanna is a mirror for her older friends, shattering their illusions of maturity.

Girls was helmed under the tutelage of Judd Apatow, so audiences can expect improvisational humor laced with brutal drama. Girls does not hesitate to depict the characters in unattractive moments. They fight about inconsequential things and have cyclical, endless conversations about their boy troubles. When these girls are annoying, audiences cringe because they can relate.

Girls does not wrap up complex circumstances in neat packages. Confusing situations play out without clear resolutions. One notably entertaining subplot involves the end of Marnie's relationship. She did not enjoy dating Charlie when he was in love with her, but she is upset when he quickly moves on after the breakup. Marnie's feelings are contradictory and completely common. The situation is played for laughs without insulting real girls who have acted the same way. Girls depicts many realistic scenarios this way, with humor and heart.

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Girls Full Episode Guide

  • Hannah, Adam, and Jessa try to persuade Caroline and Laird out of having a home birth. Shoshanna is faced with a difficult decision when given a job opportunity. Ray lays it all out for Desi after Marnie and Desi meet with a record label exec.

  • Hannah's maturity is in doubt after she is faced with a family dilemma; Jessa, Ace, Mimi-Rose and Adam have an uncomfortable encounter; Marnie makes an announcement at Ray's campaign party.

  • Hannah spends time with a new friend. Marnie and Desi argue over money. Jessa gives Shoshanna some tips on the art of seduction.

  • Hannah goes out with a new coworker before attending a unique art show. Later, she spends some one-on-one time with Mimi-Rose, while Adam is agitated by Mimi-Rose's friend, Ace. Meanwhile, Shoshanna helps Ray with his community board election campaign.

Girls News

New 'Girls' Trailer Shows Lena Dunham's Hannah in Iowa

The new "Girls" trailer is here! HBO has released an extended look at the show's fourth season, which has Lena Dunham's Hannah taking "the next step in a series of random steps," as Adam puts it. The fourth season will see Hannah settling in the Midwest to attend her prestigious writer's workshop in Iowa. The trailer provides a few glimpses at how life will be for the New Yorker in Iowa, including some awkwardness with a fellow student who may or may not have written a story about Hannah.

Lena Dunham Under Fire for Claims She Sexually Abused Her Younger Sister

Lena Dunham might be wishing her editor had given her a note on this one. The "Girls" creator is under fire from conservative groups, and even some fans, over a particular passage in her new book, Not That Kind of Girl. In the passage, Dunham talks about how she, at age 7, treated her younger sister. Dunham wrote about bribing her sister with "three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds" and about inspecting her vagina out of curiosity. "Basically, anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying," she writes.

Report: Lena Dunham Isn't Paying Performers On Her Book Tour

Lena Dunham created, writes for and stars in HBO's hit comedy "Girls." Her estimated annual income is around $6 million. And yet, the New York Times reports that Dunham isn't paying her warm-up acts on her national book tour. Something doesn't quite add up here. Dunham is embarking soon on a 12-city tour to promote her new book, "Not That Kind of Girl." Dunham already made headlines when her publisher gave her an advance of $3.7 million for the book, based solely on her merit as the creator of "Girls.

Allison Williams in the First Official 'Peter Pan' Photo

"The transformation begins!" Allison Williams and NBC have released the first official picture of herself in the role of the boy that never grows up. The "Girls" actress poses in costume to promote the upcoming telecast of "Peter Pan Live!" Williams, 26, appeared on the "Today" show on Wednesday to promote the telecast and discuss her transformation. "I sort of tentatively offered to cut my hair; I was like, 'You know, if it's a thing that would help I could cut my hair," she said, adding that it would have been unnecessary.

Taylor Swift Is Now a Feminist, Thanks to Lena Dunham

It's official: Taylor Swift is now a feminist. The singer was famously criticized (or at least eye-rolled at) for comments she made back in 2012. When asked if she was a feminist, Swift replied: "I don't really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life." But since befriending "Girls" creator and star Lena Dunham, Swift has realized that she missed the point on the issue of feminism.

'Girls' Star Zosia Mament Reveals She Struggles With an Eating Disorder

"Girls" actress Zosia Mamet has opened up in her column, My Zo-Called Life, about her long-time struggles with an eating disorder. "I was told I was fat for the first time when I was eight," she wrote. "I'm not fat; I've never been fat. But ever since then, there has been a monster in my brain that tells me I am - that convinces me my clothes don't fit or that I've eaten too much. At times it has forced me to starve myself, to run extra miles, to abuse my body.

'Girls' Character Leaves Show After Differences With Lena Dunham

Despite things looking up for Charlie and Marnie where they left off last season, things may not go where down the rosy road where they seemed to be headed. Christopher Abbott has announced he will be leaving “Girls,” removing his character Charlie from the equation. Why the sudden departure? Sources say that Abbot was at odds with showrunner Lena Dunham. New York Post broke the story, and sources from the show say “They’ve just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena.

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