The years mot anticipated and talked about show debuted last night on HBO. Usually, anything with so much hype has trouble living up to it’s reputation but Girls was everything it promised to be: an honest and funny account of the relationships between 20 something’s trying to figure it out.
The pilot episode stars writer/director/creator Lena Dunham as Hannah, A 24 year old intern who’s parents just informed her that they will no longer be funding her “groovy” lifestyle. When she tells her boss she can no longer work for free, she isn’t met with a job offer, but a good luck handshake and is sent on her way. Instead of finding a job she falls into bed with a jerk then tries, unsuccessfully, to convince her parents to give her money for another two years.
Hannah is joined by her roommate and best friend Marnie (Allison Williams). Marnie seems to have it all together, but on a second look she is appalled by her sweeter than ever boyfriend but too “nice” to break it off with him. Another girl friend is Jessa (Jemma KIrke) a bohemian world traveler who’s life everyone envies until she reveals she is pregnant, and not on purpose. Rounding out the mix is Jessa’s cousin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). Shoshanna had little face time in pilot but her Sex and the City poster, along with her revelation that she is mostly “Carrie,” gives us a small idea of what her priorities are.
The series shows great potential. Viewers can find entertainment on the surface with smart dialogue and Hannah’s bad decisions – like drinking opium tea or chatting it up while having sex. There is also so much more to be taken from Girls. It’s a show that portrays what it’s like to be in your early twenties and faced with the fact that your life may not play out how you planned. It finally shows the un-glamorous life that is the reality of New York and growing up.