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Girls (HBO): 1st Season - d1/2

Director(s): Lena Dunham

Theatrical Release: 2012

Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Christopher Abbott

Genre(s): TV, Comedy, coming-of-age, HBO, Dean's List

Countries: USA


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From writer/director/actor Lena Dunham and comedy veterans Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, this scripted half-hour series focuses on a group of 20-something women in New York and their adventures in post-collegiate floundering. Two years out of liberal arts school, Hannah (Dunham) believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, and though she has yet to complete her memoir (she has to live it first), her parents cut her off financially without warning. Further complicating things for Hannah is her unrequited passion for eccentric actor Adam, with whom she occasionally has sex (when he can be bothered to respond to her text messages). As the harsh reality of rent and bills looms, Hannah leans on her very-put-together best friend and roommate Marnie, who has a real job at an art gallery and an even realer boyfriend (neither of which she can admit she might not love). Meanwhile, their gorgeous British friend Jessa, who has travelled to as many different countries as shes had boyfriends, appears in the city and moves in with Shoshanna, her nave younger cousin with Sex and the City lifestyle aspirations. Over the course of Season 1s ten episodes, the four girls try to figure out what they want from life, from boys, from themselves and each other. The answers arent always clear or easy, but the search is profoundly relatable and infinitely amusing.

Disc One Episodes

01 Pilot - Hannah, a 24-year-old aspiring writer living in New York City, is blindsided when her parents cut her off financially. Subsequently fired from her unpaid internship, she seeks comfort in Adam, the eccentric actor she sometimes sleeps with when she can get him to respond to her texts. Meanwhile, Hannah's best friend and Type-A roommate, Marnie, hosts a dinner party for their bohemian British friend Jessa, who's returned from god-knows-where to move in with Shoshanna, Jessa's younger, "Sex and the City"-obsessed cousin.

02 Vagina Panic - Hannah reveals her "Forrest Gump"-induced AIDS phobia when she realizes Adam might not be practicing monogamy. Marnie lives in denial of her growing boredom with her long-term boyfriend, Charlie; Jessa avoids Marnie's meticulously planned day at a women's health clinic, where Shoshanna confesses a humiliating secret.

03 All Adventurous Women Do - Hannah meets up with her erstwhile college flame to find out how she contracted HPV, uncovering much more in the process. Marnie's art-gallery boss introduces her to a cocky artist who piques her interest, while Jessa gets a babysitting gig.

04 Hannah's Diary - Hannah takes up 'sexting'; Shoshanna runs into a boy from summer camp; Jessa gets distracted on the job; Ray and Charlie snoop.

05 Hard Being Easy

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DVD Special Features:

! Inside the Episodes

! A Conversation with the Girls

! Audio Commentaries with Lena Dunham and more

Member Reviews


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Damn by C20004656 - March 21, 2013
(Note: this rating only applies to disc 1.)

Just as good as everybody said. And Lena Dunham's what, 26?

I talked "Girls" over with a young coworker -- 25, female, degree in English, aspiring writer, frustrated with her office job; in other words, the ideal audience -- who was completely baffled by every character here. I can only congratulate her on her extremely healthy psyche and romantic life. The characters are mostly spot on, especially Dunham's Hannah, a wince-inducing combination of skyscraping ego and subterranean self-esteem, and Adam Driver's non-boyfriend boyfriend, an appalling creature who's all the more toxic because he's got about 2% genuine sweetness mixed in with the 98% asshole.

Minus one point because my twenties may have been a while ago, but I'm pretty sure girls don't really chat comfortably with each other while naked and/or on the toilet. Minus another point because I don't care how little you like yourself or how slovenly your habits, nobody eats cupcakes in the tub.
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