For those of you who have been living under a rock, or do not spend quite as much time browsing social media as I do, the newest girls-running-around-New-York-trying-to-find-themselves programme to hit the TV is simply titled Girls. And I am going to spend the next 23 minutes telling you why you really must watch it.
A quick search engine search will show just how much of an impact this programme has had in its native USA, with bloggers and TV critics everywhere going crazy for it; whether that craziness be positive or negative, it has certainly made its mark. It follows the story of four twenty-somethings who are beginning their voyage to real life post-university. Indie film legend Lena Dunham creates, directs and stars in this kind of tongue-in-cheek homage to Sex and the City, but where the characters are young, poor and wear clothes which are considerably less chic. The show nods to SATC right from the off, hinting that these girls moved to the big city in hope of following in Carrie et al’s immaculate footsteps, finding life and love in the most exciting city in the world.
What they actually find is an endless string of unpaid internships which never quite turn into real jobs, boyfriends who are a far cry from Mr.Big and the impossible task of making a mark on a city which already has all the detail it needs. The show is a hilarious account of what it is like to be a twenty-something in a world where there is simply no space for another aspiring writer or musician. Graduates are viewed as free labour, yet still have to find a way to pay the rent in their impossibly small Brooklyn apartments. There is a very funny scene in the pilot episode where the main character, Hannah (played by Dunham), accidentally loses her job after her parents say that they are going to cut her off financially. Hilarity also ensues after Hannah declares that they can’t cut her off because then she won’t be able to work on her novel, and that isn’t fair, because she thinks she may be the voice of her generation. Or, at least, the voice of a generation, somewhere.
There are many aspects of Girls which are just so refreshing, compared to many of its contemporaries. The cast expertly accomplish the mountainous task of giving a frank and realistic account of life as a new graduate in the city, whilst still being hilarious and real. The way that the girls look is exactly how anyone in this demographic does look; bodily imperfections, wardrobe malfunctions and all.
Of course, as comes with the territory of many shows of this nature, the kind of issues addressed are the typical rich white girl problems, but many people will find themselves completely relating to everything that is going on, whilst simultaneously making you cry with laughter, and cringe at the gritty reality of it all. I particularly enjoy the relationship between our protagonist and her BFF-roommate, which again is the type of relationship that so many of us have.
As is always the case, we have to wait until later in the year until it hits UK television screens, but it will definitely be worth the wait, and I predict big things for Girls, thanks to its refreshing take on real life, and the hilarious manner in which it is told.