I first found out about the HBO show Girls when I was heading home from the office where I work — there were ads at the Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street station showing the main characters from the show sitting together with just the name of the show, “Girls”, on it. The image was striking in its simplicity and I discussed it with my wife Elizabeth, and we decided to give it a go. (We hoped it would go better than Gossip Girl, which is finally coming to an end after seemingly every character has hooked up with every other one…)
The show Girls is about a woman in her early twenties named Hannah as well as her friends and the relationships in which they find themselves. The show kicks off with Hannah getting cut off by her parents financially — they no longer wish to support her while she continues meandering through life, working as a volunteer for an organization while doing work for which most people would be paid.
One thing that we both noticed while watching the show is that we felt incredibly old and sometimes quite wise. There was a scene in which Hannah does research online to find out if it is possible for her to get a venereal disease from the inner sides of the condom worn during intercourse. What? Throughout the course of the first season, Hannah has an on again, off again relationship with an interesting character named Adam who I felt alternating waves of loathing and respect depending on the episode and what was going on with him. Out of all of the characters, he seemed to be the only one who spoke to Hannah on a completely frank level and always told her exactly what he wanted out of a relationship with her. In the following clip, for example, he encourages her to not give up while out running.
If you had told me that there was a well known film producer on this show, I would have guessed Judd Apatow because of the humor that is employed throughout the show and that is exactly the case. With this as with many HBO shows, the fact that there were so few episodes meant that every single one of them had to be good and with Girls, there were home runs with all of them. HBO recently did a Girls show marathon and showed every episode from the first season. If they do not do this again, you should definitely catch it when it hits DVD. It is worth watching, I felt.