Girls

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With all of the hype surrounding HBO’s latest show Girls, it was a large disappointment and quite overrated. The comedy series follows a group of 20-something young adults navigating their lives in New York City. Although it’s been compared to the legendary Sex and the City, the show fails to be even close to as glamorous or as entertaining.

The success and failure of Girls lies in the realness of the show itself.  Nothing is exaggerated; the actresses look like everyday women, and the conversations are realistic. This may seem appealing in the “celebrities are just like us” way, but TV should be an escape from the realness of life. Personally, I’d rather have a show overdramatize situations than be like the average scenarios of life.

The show received many complaints after the first airdate, ranging from the lack of diversity and the fact that many of the plotlines seems to belong on the Twitter page entitled White Girl Problems.

The first scene displays Lena Dunham, the main character, being told she is being cut off by her parents. The pilot episode supports the stereotype of this generation: spoiled, ignorant and obsessed with social media. In a different scene, a character proceeds to define the communication hierarchy as “the lowest, that would be Facebook, followed by Gchat, then texting, then email then phone. Face-to-face is of course ideal, but is not of this time”.

The series focused on late-teen and early-twenties issues, which managed to kept me interested. After the ambiguous feelings I had about the premiere episode, I am still willing to give the second episode a chance.

3 out of 5 stars

by Edelawit Hussien