Before I ever saw an episode of Girls I read about it in the New Yorker, as well as plot summaries on Wikipedia. I do that for a lot of shows that I never watch, for some reason. I love plot summaries, or summaries of any kind, really. Actually, my favorite thing is to have my sister summarize Youtube videos for me. I like it best when a lot of information is packed into a small space.
Anyway, Lena Dunham is a topic. Everywhere - on Twitter, in the New Yorker. It’s awesome. She is the answer to Kim Kardashian. Famous for all the right reasons. I thought Tiny Furniture was really interesting, but Aura’s self-destructive nature made me uncomfortable, so thought I would just be a fan of Girls and not watch Girls.
But then I just downloaded the show and watched it and it is fantastic. Really. More than I expected.
I do not understand why people have decided that this show needs to speak for everyone. As a 20-something, white, female, wannabe writer, it does speak to me, but it is the first show that has. And I’ve watched a lot of shows! The real reason I love Girls is because it is smart and fundamentally interesting, as well as honest, brave, and super funny. You should watch it for those reasons.
I love TV. There is dumb TV. There are dumb movies. There are dumb books, dumb poems, dumb yoga retreats. TV isn’t inherently dumb, or a waste of time. There were these times when I was little when my parents would sort of forget that my TV intake should be limited and I would manage to watch like 8 episodes of Nickelodeon GUTS in a row. And it would take me to this strange place. I think that is really valuable. I turned into the kind of person who gets obsessed with things for hours and forgets to eat. It’s a really important part of me.
This Girls bender I’m on is awesome. I feel inspired. It’s good art. The show is great line by line. The most broadcasted line is Hannah telling her parents, “I think that I may be the voice of my generation. Or, at least, a voice, of a generation." And you might think that it is a breakout quote, and that the rest of them are just lapping at the shore. NOPE. It’s all that good.
"I have been at this party for two hours without talking to anyone. I am so happy to see you I could murder you." - Shoshannah
"But Elijah was such a loser. He only slept with like one person before you, that cellist with the loose joint disorder." - Marnie
"I know and she’s always liking my Facebook statuses. It’s such a weird, aggressive move. Like, ‘Sorry I passed you an STD but I enjoy your quirky web presence.’ “ - Hannah
"You are from New York, therefore you are just naturally interesting. Okay? It is not up to you to fill all of the pauses. You are not in danger of mortifying yourself. The worst stuff that you say, sounds better than the best stuff that some other people say. " - Hannah to herself, pre-date
"Drinking doesn’t work for me. Last time I got drunk I ate all this brie and then threw up on my cell phone." - Hannah
"That girl wears floral capris like her hymen is still intact, but she was such a slut in a huge way." - Hannah
"You think because you’re, like, 11 pounds overweight that you know struggle?" - Adam
"I am thirteen pounds overweight and it has been awful for me my whole life!"- Hannah
In the end, it feels obvious that I would love this show. It’s about a woman who has taken all of this space to share her art, but is critical of having taken the space, and is critical of her art. Sing it, sister!
P.S. after watching Homeland with its minutes-long and super weird intro, I love that Girls begins immediately, and then after the cold open it just flashes “GIRLS” and then keeps going.