We laughed (when it was funny), we cried (when it was painfully pretentious), we watched two old people fuck in the shower (because East Lansing knows how to party). HBO’s freshman dramedy Girls inspired plenty of love of plenty of hate, but more than anything, it inspired discussion. Now, the PPC team chimes in.
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen Season 1 of Girls. You’ve been warned.
1. What grade would you give Season 1 of Girls?
CW: F. As in F this show. I gave it far more chances than it deserved.
MR: B-. Loved it early, but it lost me late. There’s a lot of potential, but it never seems to go down smooth.
BG: C. Hated most of the characters, but found it strangely compelling.
EA: C+. I’m entertained by the show, but like the girls themselves, Girls has a lot of growing up to do.
2. Use five adjectives to describe Girls
MR: Witty, compelling, thought-provoking, pretentious, maddening.
EA: Unrealistic, pretentious, well-soundtracked (hey, I am a music nerd), occasionally hilarious, pretty.
BG: Intriguing, abrasive, witty, irritating, (mildly) funny.
CW: Uninteresting, entitled, affronting, disconnected, painfully revealing.
3. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you hate Hannah?
BG: 9. For a lead character, Hannah is the worst. She complains endlessly, she wants her boyfriend to commit suicide and she pounds cake while sitting by herself on the beach (repulsive, but kind of awesome). She is the wound.
CW: 9.5. As a young 20-something trying to make it in a similar industry in New York, Hannah’s sense of entitlement is almost offensive. She blows an interview worse than Dale and Brennan. She lands a job, then infuriatingly quits after trying to bang her married boss and threatens lawsuit. Her claim that nobody can live without parental support is just plain wrong. For the supposed “voice of her generation,” I hate pretty much everything she has to say.
EA: 3. I don’t hate Hannah, I pity her. Deep down, she’s a good person with redeeming qualities. She’s just too sheltered and wrapped up in herself, something not incredibly rare in middle-class-and-up 20-somethings. Hopefully the show’s journey redeems her with some tough lessons and growing up along the way.
MR: 5. I don’t hate her, but she makes it impossible to love her. I want to root for her, because she’s so refreshingly honest and self-aware. And in many ways, she’s the most relatable character on the show. But she also propositions her creepster boss for sex, longs for a suicide and sprawls out on bathroom floors — which makes me want to punch her in the face.
4. Which character did you warm to most as the season progressed?
EA: Shoshanna. At first I was convinced the show was propping up Hannah, Marnie and Jessa and using Shoshanna as the butt of the jokes, but the laugh’s on those three: Shosh proved to be the funniest, most grounded and most likable of the Big 4. She’s also got the best rack, which counts for a lot.
MR: Adam. He was such a weird douche when the season started, but it turns out he’s a weird douche with a gentle soul and a big heart. It’s no coincidence the hatred for Hannah increased as the season progressed: It got harder to feel sorry for her once Adam stopped ignoring her phone calls, cumming on her arm and masturbating in her presence.
BG: Shoshanna. Sure, she’s an overly dramatic caricature who frequents online dating services. But she smokes crack and packs a mean sucker punch. And everyone else is a dumb whore.
CW: Shoshanna. Her hyper-dramatic presence was off-putting at first, but now it seems she’s just got a lot of pent up sexual energy from being a virgin. (Also see: “rack, best” above.) I also warmed to Jessa a bit, but marrying an epic douche on a whim was a major backslide.
5. Will you watch Season 2?
CW: Highly doubtful. We’ll see what the show is lined up against for Season 2. More likely than not: see you never, Girls.
EA: Yes. As I said earlier, I’m entertained by it, and I’m the guy who stuck with Entourage’s terrible later seasons out of sheer obligation (and it’s Entourage, not Sex and the City, that proves the best HBO comparison to Girls). The show has a lot of untapped potential, and from what I’ve seen of Lena Dunham I think there’s a chance the show realizes it eventually.
MR: Yes. There’s enough here to keep me coming back. But I want more Ray and Shoshanna and less Marnie and, well, anyone. Because Marnie fucking sucks.
BG: Probably. It’s on after Game of Thrones and Veep, and really — what else do I have to do?