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Friday, April 13, 2012

HBO's new show: Girls

This Sunday, HBO will premiere the new show Girls, about four broke twentysomethings trying to make their way in New York. Written, directed and starred in by Lena Dunham, and produced by Judd Apatow, Girls is "is a much scruffier show" than Sex & the City, says USA Today. I love that frank, funny, real girls are given a voice here, and the critics have been going crazy for it. Here's the trailer... Will you be watching on Sunday?

94 comments:

kate said...

i will be, but as a broke twentysomething living in new york, i'm a little afraid of what it was reveal or perpetuate about us!

AVY said...

Not I'll be able to relate, but it would be fun if I did. Let's say "maybe".

/ Avy
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Olya said...

it's fun looking. But I won't be watching :) No TV for us - we're old school :) ( or newage - however you look at it :) )

Olya
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Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Wow! This is so interesting... I need to check it out.

Thank, Joan.


xo


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Melissa Blake said...

I want to see this sooo bad, but we don't get HBO!

Jessie said...

I cannot wait. It looks like it is going to be amazing.

Lauren said...

so excited for this show! One of the actors is Brian Williams's daughter -- she is so pretty!

Lauren said...

so excited for this show! One of the actors is Brian Williams's daughter -- she is so pretty!

Sharon Beesley said...

They have a spread in Glamour this month that sparked my interest in the show. Looks good. Rob pick the mag up for me as a get well present. Sweet.

Panda Head said...

definitely. i loved tiny furniture, and just last night discovered the existence of "delusional downtown divas," which i then stayed up WAY TOO LATE watching. so funny/self-deprecating/self-aware - i can't believe lena dunham's only 25!

Cynthia said...

I won't be watching this show, because I am SO SICK of girls and women of color being underrepresented in mainstream media -- and this is just more of the same. I actually read a great article about this show in particular on 8asians.com

Anonymous said...

I remember this girl, and a couple of the other characters, from the movie Tiny Furniture. There are a lot of similarities between the two. Check it out on Netflix. Pretty funny!
Heather

Cyn said...

Here is a link, in case anyone is interested!

http://www.8asians.com/2012/04/09/hbos-girls-reminds-us-that-the-only-one-who-matter-are-white/

(p.s. this is not spam, and I didn't write the article or

Ashley Feader said...

I can't wait for this show. I have been looking forward to it for months. I am hoping that it is as raw and honest as it is being made out to be!

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Michelle said...

I'm so anticipating this show! I can't wait!

Lindsey said...

Okay this looks really funny... Definitely more easy to relate to than other shows out there.
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mariclare said...

If I had HBO, definitely.

ohbeautifulblog said...

looking forward to this!!

Lauren Knight said...

This looks so good! It makes me wish we had a TV again... but I will definitely check it out later when it's on netflix!

Karen Toms said...

This looks great. Thanks for sharing!

Tina said...

We were thinking of cancelling HBO but than i remembered that this series was going to air in April that i told my husband to hold off in cancelling it. As you can tell, I can't wait to see this! Even though I'm much much older than these girls, I will always identify with these girls.

Megan said...

Yes! Directed by an Oberlin alum (I'm a senior there)! Can't wait.

LC Taylor said...

I don't have HBO, but I'm very intrigued by the show based on everything I've read about it. New York Magazine did a great article on it a couple weeks ago, I believe.

Char said...

I will be watching! So excited about it! I miss my SATC girls so much... this is said to be the next best thing! Enjoy!
Char xo
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Votre Amie said...

I'm definitely intrigued. I'll be watching for sure. HBO rarely produces a show that isn't stellar so it's most definitely worth a look!

mariclare said...

Cynthia-- thanks for the link. Love what this article has to say.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

We unsubscribed from HBO a long time ago.. They show too much of the same things over and over and was not worth the money. If it's not on Netflix it doesn't get seen in our home.

Anonymous said...

I saw the first episode in October- my friend worked on it & had a screener- I've been waiting with baited breath for it to come out ever since. When I saw a poster for it a couple weeks ago I gasped! So excited. So good.

Claire

Sarah Carlson said...

Looks fantastic! I might have to add this to my already huge list of shows-to-watch! It's great seeing shows featuring "real" girls and not spray tanned bikini clad models!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I will be watching!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite paragraph from the 8asians article - and so true!

"Again, we have a quirky white woman navigating awkward relationships with her snarky friends in New York and aside from the African American bouncer in a strip club (oh, great), the city is completely vanilla. I think I saw some ethnic looking person in the background of one scene, but that could have been a speck of dirt on my monitor. And no, this movie is not set in some podunk town in Montana. This is New York. And apparently it didn’t cross their minds that their portrayal of New York doesn’t coincide with what the reality is."

Mrs. P Vega said...

I've seen this trailer approximately 20 some odd times and each time I say, "I'm so going to watch that show." I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Looks great! Unfortunately we got rid of HBO since we almost never watch TV and it was a waste of money.

I loved Sex and the City, but it was so unrealistic in many ways. I mean, how did Carrie, for many years just a columnist and NOT the majorly successful writer she became later on, afford that apartment and all those fabulous clothes?

It seems that there is a resurgence of these "single girls in their apartments" shows. Does anyone remember the very short-lived "Time of Your Life," starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, and the then-unknown Jennifer Garner? The funny thing (to me, since I've never liked JLH) was that JLH was the star but it was really just as her star was waning, and while the show was cancelled after a season or so, Jennifer Garner became a huge star with Alias. This was 1999-ish. It was two single girls making their way in the city, and was a great show. I bet it would be a hit now.

Anonymous said...

Just saw the above post about Tiny Furniture! I had never heard of it and randomly saw it on Netflix and it looked interesting, so I've have had it in my queue for awhile. Have to watch it!

Celia said...

I really liked Tiny Furniture, and as a broke 20-something in Brooklyn, I'm curious to see what Lena has up her sleeves! Now if only I had cable...I bet there'll be a bar somewhere that will be showing it, right?

ElyshaA said...

This show is gonna be incredible! Tiny Furniture was wonderful. Lena Dunham has such a great sense of humour. I love the way she presents herself as so comfortable with her body. She's so natural and beautiful!

Olga said...

Oooh, I loved Lena Dunham in Tiny Furniture! She is hilarious. I think I'll give it a try.

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dont have HBo :) sorry:) but i had wonderfull time today, enjoy

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The Wild Fairy said...

This looks like a great show! But it'll probably reach Ireland in about 10 years time! lol Have a fun weekend!

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Kendriana said...

No more awkward girl with low self esteem type shows please.

It's like SATC was one extreme and this is the other.

Anonymous said...

Reading the description for this show all I could think of was the already running show "2 Broke Girls" on CBS.

ElsaD said...

I'll be watching! Sounds intriguing. I'm not sure what to expect about it. We shall see! xoxo

Lemanie said...

I wanna watch this show so bad!! I might just have to get HBO now...This & True Blood next month or so will be worth it!!

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Justine said...

I can't wait for this show! I'm a huge fan of Judd Apatow. Plus HBO makes the best shows. i.e: SATC, True Blood, Game of Thrones etc...

Anonymous said...

Yes. I have to. It's appropriate. lol

Sarah O'Brien said...

I cannot wait for this show to start!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

if it has judd apatow's name on it, then it's probably going to be hilarious.

Anonymous said...

OMG Joanna I had just sat down at my desk to read the artilce about Girls in New York Magazine and then logged onto your blog to see what was up, haha too funny! I'm curious about this show and I will definitely be tuning in!

Anonymous said...

OMG Joanna I had just sat down at my desk to read the artilce about Girls in New York Magazine and then logged onto your blog to see what was up, haha too funny! I'm curious about this show and I will definitely be tuning in!

kaitlin said...

I read a fascinating description of the show in the New Yorker this week (http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2012/04/16/120416taco_talk_talbot). I'd recommend it as reading prior to watching, for some context.

Anonymous said...

According to Variety (and a tweet from Judd Apatow) HBO is letting non-subscribers view the first episode on HBO.com for a few weeks after it premieres.

Anonymous said...

Another interesting article on the void of people of color in this series: http://www.boston.com/community/blogs/hyphenated_life/2012/04/girls_in_white.html

Violet Boutique said...

Looks very funny. I hadn't hear about it so thanks for sharing! xo

Anonymous said...

I am really looking forward to checking this out! Thanks for the heads up.

Danie at Pasadya said...

DANG IT, we don't have HBO either! Aww, the part where she flies off the bike! I'll be watching it somehow, though.

Amanda said...

I have such mixed feelings about this show... I've heard amazing things about Lena Dunham, love Judd Apatow and have been impressed with pretty much everything HBO has done the past few years. However, I live in north Brooklyn and I just feel like I was these girls a couple of years ago and I meet these girls any time I leave my apartment. Why do I need to watch the TV version? I'll probably watch the first episode though. I mean, it can't be as bad as Two Broke Girls, right??

Anonymous said...

Lena and I were the same year at Oberlin. I'm so excited by the positive attention she's getting for her work. (and slightly jealous -ha)

Zoë said...

As a formerly poor New York girl, this looks like it will be fun, and probably a little scary, to watch. Count me in!

Charity Poole said...

This show looks right up my alley. I will definitely be watching! I'm a thirty-something but my twenties are still a not-so-distant memory (argghhh).

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Anonymous said...

Yes I will, have been waiting anxiously for weeks:) I like Lena, Tiny Furniture was really good so I have high hopes!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you so much for the article link, cynthia! going to read it now xoxo

Giulia said...

Broke peeps don't have cable, much less HBO:)

Giulia said...

Thanks for the link to the article, Cynthia. Off to read it right now. I am so with you on this.

Christina Solazzo said...

I really, really disliked Tiny Furniture. I wrote a review of it on my blog here: http://everylifeeveryfun.blogspot.com/2012/03/tiny-furniture-is-awful.html (I did rewatch the part during which I made ramen--but it was still incredibly boring.) I'm a bit curious about the positive hype of the show and might watch at some point despite my feelings that this is going to be just as miserable as that movie. At least the girls in the ads all over the city look like they've got clean hair!

Kate said...

I have never even heard of this new show, but it looks great! I heard the words 'New York City' and totally got interested. x

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

Marnie said...

Wish we had HBO...would love to check it out. Just saw that Allison William's character is named Marnie. :)

christine said...

Is this the same as Broke Girls in the UK?

Kristen said...

You do such a good job of highlighting shows created by women. Thanks for the reminder about Girls! Lena dunham is awesome. I thought 'tiny furniture' was pretty great for a first film made by a such a young woman.

bloggirl said...

Can't wait to see it given all the buzz about it. Hopefully it'll live up to the hype. It's about time there was a show that voiced what gals go through in their twenties!

Anonymous said...

Hate to say this but this show just sounds depressing! Is this the life of a 20 somthing girl. I am just 30 but I remember my 20s full of great nights out with my girl friends, coffee and cigarettes in the morning, long nights with autocad. My only drama was that I could find a boy to date. Are these the expectations for young girls now days...... find looser boys to have sex with. Man this is sad. Seems like these girls have no love from friends, family or respect for themselves. Seems funny but in a oddly depressing way. And lastly where are the nice guys in this show. Are there any shows that have characters like nice guys, who treat girls with respect and love. Sad.

Rachael said...

This looks HILARIOUS! Being a 20-something in this economy can be depressing and sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.

chelsea said...

Absolutely! Tiny Furniture was a terrific movie, and apparently it's quite like that (same actress and all...) Looking forward to adding a new show to the roster.

Kiley Kate said...

I want to watch this so badly but as a broke 20-something I can't afford cable! Thanks HBO ;)

Vanessa said...

I think I'm the only person who didn't laugh at the trailer. Then again I read Cynthia's link(commented above) to an article that talked about the glaring issues in this show. I understand that shows offer a "slice of life" and in some cases this means representing one narrow group of the population. It's just a little weird that a show that is called "girls" is so narrow-minded and cliche. The main characters are all white, privileged, have issues with self-worth, and are sarcastic to boot(haven't seen that before). Sounds like I have a lot to relate to at 29. Umm, no. Hopefully the show has more depth than I'm being led to believe. I mean, it is being hyped as being a "voice of a generation". For the record, all my friends are of different ethnicities. I mean, I do live in Los Angeles(hello diversity).

Root said...

This REALLY makes me wish I had cable. Or HBO for that matter. Love the premise of this show.

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Elle @ nutritionella said...

Loved the trailer! I recently cancelled cable (* as a responsible, early 30-something thing to do in exchange for monthly house cleaning service) but it's new shows like this that make me wish I didn't! Hopefully I can find it online eventually. :)

Sarah said...

I'm not at all an "angry Asian" (born/raised in small CA town with relatively small Asian population), AND I do not mean at all to funnel a post about a Judd Apatow-backed t.v. show into a discussion about race, but...just coming from a purely personal perspective, I couldn't help but feel a little alienated watching this trailer. It's not that I need to see people who look like me. Rather, it's that I just cannot culturally relate to these characters, even though I went to an Ivy League school, lived in NY for a while, etc. But thats just the surface. I and most of my female friends who moved to NY after college dealt with weightier issues than what's suggested in this trailer, things like parents losing their homes/jobs or dying, sex(ual assault, or worse), stalkers!, depression, not speaking perfect English, etc.

Despite my misgivings about this trailer, though, I think I will give the show a chance. I'm a big Judd Apatow fan, and maybe Girls will take cue from Freaks & Geeks and mix humor with some reality.

And this is completely tangential, but this reminds me of Anna Holmes' piece in The New Yorker following the Tweets about black characters in Hunger Games: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/03/hunger-games-and-trayvon-martin.html.

Lena said...

I will check it out, however I am a bit afraid I am too old for it;)

Lexie, Little Boat said...

i'm pretty much THE target demographic (23 y/o white female), but much like the characters, i cant afford HBO! ha! i do love lena dunham on twitter though.

Anonymous said...

another show were there are no hispanics, or african-americans, even though there is a huge population of Polish people and Mexican people living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with a few Peruvians, and Puerto Ricans...This show does not represent "broke" 20 year olds, its a show about privileged brats who have parents and families to support them far far away or right there...This show is such BS

Anonymous said...

another show were there are no hispanics, or african-americans, even though there is a huge population of Polish people and Mexican people living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with a few Peruvians, and Puerto Ricans...This show does not represent "broke" 20 year olds, its a show about privileged brats who have parents and families to support them far far away or right there...This show is such BS

Cherise L. C. said...

Not sure if it's my style, but it looks interesting enough to at least read reviews of it. I'll give it a few seasons and then see if it's worth watching.

Rachel said...

I just ordered HBO so I can watch it tonight! NY Mag's profile on Lena Dunham clinched it for me.
ps - love your blog, Jo!

Miss Mel said...

Just read an article on this show! It looks pretty promising! I think I will give it a shot tonight! After, Game of Thrones, of course!

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Jess said...

I wish I was. As a broke 20something, I don't have enough money for HBO :(

urbnfemme said...

I will not be watching this show. I am interested in the concept (I love everything NYC), but I'm tired of adult women being referred to as "girls." I am too annoyed that this was considered to be the most fitting and acceptable title to tune in.

Anonymous said...

I just watched this show. As a married mom in her 40's with two daughters in their Tweens, I sincerely hope this is an exaggerated depiction of 20-something life in a metropolitan city. The lead character is a spoiled brat whose life has been financed by her middle class parents, and feels they owe it to her to do so until she can have the life they want for her. Really? I've been working since I was 16 and while going to college. I've no sympathy for this character. Get a job and get off your privileged butt! Go get your life started on your blood, sweat and tears, and not that of your parents, who want a house by the lake.

fleur_delicious said...

Nope, I think the title is apt; if it was called "women," these characters would have to be something other than spoiled overgrown children. I watched the pilot online; pretty much a wasted hour unless you enjoy people in their late 20s breaking down because their parents cut them off.

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Heldine said...

I watched it, and I thought it was whatever. I thought I would enjoy it because I am 23 (in LA, however - but I would love to try living in NYC!) and trying to figure out what to do with my life. Maybe I did not like it because I did not feel like I could relate to the main character. She spent a lot of time complaining about her life situation and not doing anything about it. I am willing to check out the next few episodes to see where it goes and how it progresses. I am curious to read what you thought about it.

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