Girls (HBO) Review

by Liz Heather in

If you watch the show, haven’t seen this past week’s episode (One Man’s Trash) and don’t like spoilers - then stop reading. (Edit note: actually, if you’re not caught up, then just don’t click on the final link in here and you should be safe.)

When I watched the first season last year, I waited until all of the season had aired and then streamed all the episodes within the span on two days. At the end of that time? I loved it. I’ve since gone back to watch individual episodes (well, I did this before the second season started) and found myself picking them apart and trying to justify why they actually weren’t, in reality, that good. Why? No idea. 

I’ve been watching this second season and have found myself doing the same thing, and it’s something I can’t really figure out. Keep in mind, I really like Lena Dunham. She’s fun to read on Twitter. She’s a good writer (most of the time). I love all the times she’s naked and think it’s great for younger girls to see that especially. I don’t know what it my problem is, really. 

It could have to do with the following:

  • The episodes are clearly better when they involve all the characters (and not Hannah-based)
  • I’m envious that she’s so successful and younger than I am
  • Could be a Mindy Kaling-type situation and I’m such a fan that I almost HAVE to pick it apart
  • I never believed for one second that Adam could exist as a character (going from a complete asshole to being totally committed to her? Ugh. No way, not a possibility, get real)

Anyway, these are ramblings, I apologize. I just want to make it known that I wasn’t all the way convinced that it’s a great show/she’s so great on it until this past Sunday’s episode. It was Hannah-based, so I was anticipating some disdain for it and what happened was completely the opposite. I think it was probably the best episode of the show so far. I could go further into why I think that, but I read this review of it that completely nails it, in my opinion. You can read it here, if you like. (Oh! I just read another really good one here.)