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Girls premieres tomorrow, 15 April, on HBO in the US.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RIqj_ZgGN0

The blurb:

Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are trying to figure life out. They've been living in New York for a couple of years, but they're still not sure what they want - from boys, from each other, from themselves. And things aren't getting any clearer.

Created by and starring Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture"), the new HBO series GIRLS takes a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner executive produce the show, which kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Bruce Eric Kaplan and Ilene S. Landress co-executive produce.

Entire press release:

NEW COMEDY SERIES "GIRLS," CREATED BY AND STARRING "TINY FURNITURE" FILMMAKER LENA DUNHAM, DEBUTS APRIL 15, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow And Jenni Konner Executive Produce

Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are trying to figure life out. They've been living in New York for a couple of years, but they're still not sure what they want - from boys, from each other, from themselves. And things aren't getting any clearer.

Created by and starring Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture"), the new HBO series GIRLS takes a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner executive produce the show, which kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Bruce Eric Kaplan and Ilene S. Landress co-executive produce.

In addition to Dunham, the cast of GIRLS includes Jemima Kirke ("Tiny Furniture"), Allison Williams ("American Dreams"), Zosia Mamet ("Mad Men") and Adam Driver ("Angels in America" on Broadway, HBO's "You Don't Know Jack"). Recurring guest stars include Chris Abbott ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") and Alex Karpovsky ("Tiny Furniture").

About the GIRLS:

Hannah (Lena Dunham) is a unique mixture of self-entitlement and self-loathing. She believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, but forgets she has to write first. She wants to have a boyfriend without the obligations of a relationship, and a job without having to work. She's ultimately good-natured, with a spirited sense of humor. But every time Hannah is about to improve her circumstances, her cluelessness undercuts her.

Marnie (Allison Williams), Hannah's roommate and best friend, is a Type A personality with strict rules about friendship. She seems like Hannah's opposite, because she's got an actual job and a serious boyfriend. But while she's more together on the surface, her unwillingness to admit how lost she is may mean that she's the most lost.

Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is a live-and-let-live bohemian who's allergic to anything she views as bourgeois. She wants a life less ordinary and has travelled extensively. She's had lots of different jobs and lots of different boyfriends, but her apparent lack of fear belies her own kind of insecurity. Jessa is apt to put crazy ideas in Hannah's head that are easier for a gorgeous British girl to pull off than they are for anxious, rumpled Hannah.

Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Jessa's roommate and cousin, aspires to the "Sex and the City" lifestyle. She's an NYU student obsessed with "women's issues," gluten-free foods and sexcentric self-help. The others tend to underestimate her because she's suburban and innocent, but Shoshanna can be a surprisingly incisive source of wisdom.

Guest stars on GIRLS include Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari as Hannah's parents, as well as Mike Birbiglia, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Imperioli, James LeGros, Richard Masur, Bobby Moynihan, Chris O'Dowd, Lou Taylor Pucci, Andrew Rannells, Jenny Slate and Jorma Taccone.

Lena Dunham directed five of the ten episodes of GIRLS. Other directors on the show include Jody Lee Lipes (cinematographer on "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Tiny Furniture"), Jesse Peretz ("Our Idiot Brother") and Richard Shepard ("The Matador," Emmy® winner for "Ugly Betty").

In addition to Dunham, who wrote or co-wrote every episode of the show, writers on GIRLS include Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up"), Bruce Eric Kaplan (HBO's "Six Feet Under") and Jenni Konner ("Help Me Help You," "In the Motherhood," "Undeclared").

April's episodes:

Episode #1: "Pilot" Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (10:30-11:05 p.m. ET/PT) Other HBO playdates: April 15 (12:35 a.m.), 16 (9:00 p.m.), 18 (9:30 p.m.) and 19 (midnight) HBO2 playdates: April 16 (9:00 p.m., 9:35 p.m., 10:10 p.m.), 17 (11:00 p.m.) and 21 (9:00 p.m., 1:05 a.m.) Hannah (Lena Dunham), a 24-year-old aspiring writer living in New York City, is blindsided when her parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari) cut her off financially. Subsequently fired from her unpaid internship, she seeks comfort in Adam (Adam Driver), 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 (Allison Williams), hosts a dinner party for their bohemian British friend Jessa (Jemima Kirke), who's returned from god-knows-where to move in with Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Jessa's younger, "Sex and the City"-obsessed cousin. Written and directed by Lena Dunham.

Episode #2: "Vagina Panic" Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (10:30-11:00 p.m.) Other HBO playdates: April 22 (12:30 a.m.), 25 (9:30 p.m.) and 26 (midnight) HBO2 playdates: April 23 (10:30 p.m.), 24 (11:00 p.m.) and 28 (9:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.) Hannah reveals her "Forest Gump"-induced AIDS phobia when she realizes Adam might not be practicing monogamy. Marnie lives in denial of her growing boredom with (and sexual repulsion by) her long-term boyfriend, Charlie (Chris Abbott); Jessa avoids Marnie's meticulously planned day at a women's health clinic, where Shoshanna confesses a humiliating secret. Written and directed by Lena Dunham.

Episode #3: "All Adventurous Women Do" Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (10:30-11:00 p.m.) Other HBO playdates: April 29 (12:30 a.m.) and May 2 (9:30 p.m.) and 3 (midnight) HBO2 playdate: April 30 (8:30 p.m.) 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. Written and directed by Lena Dunham.

Released in 2010, "Tiny Furniture" was directed and written by Lena Dunham, who also starred in the feature film. In addition to widespread critical acclaim, "Tiny Furniture" received three Independent Spirit Award nominations, for Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay and Best Cinematography, as well as two Gotham Award nominations, in the categories of Best Ensemble Cast and Breakthrough Director Award.

Executive producer Judd Apatow has extensive credits in both film and TV. He produced the hit comedy film "Bridesmaids," which received an AFI Award, as well as such films as "Get Him to the Greek" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and wrote and directed "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Funny People" and "Knocked Up." Apatow executive produced the TV series "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," won an Emmy® for his writing on "The Ben Stiller Show" and also wrote for the groundbreaking HBO series "The Larry Sanders Show."

Executive producer Jenni Konner is a TV and feature film writer. She co-created and executive produced the TV series "Help Me Help You" and "In the Motherhood," and worked with Judd Apatow on the series "Undeclared."

Personally, the premise and publicity didn't really grab me, but what has made me sit up and take notice is that it's receiving near-universal critical acclaim. Girls currently has a score of 88 on Metacritic, the highest score for a debut season of a scripted show in the history of the site.

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As with all new shows I'll watch the first episode and take it from there. I am a fan of old Apatow produced shows like Freaks n Geeks and Undeclared so he's not without form.

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Do we have a thread yet? 2 episodes in, and I think this is terrific. Lena Dunham writes and directs and stars. She's clever and witty, it's well written and well observed and has an original voice. She's only 25 or something, and she's already written and directed a feature (Tiny Furniture, which I'm also enjoying but has fewer jokes) and now she has her own HBO show, which I guess shows us all up as no-talent slackers.

I don't know if it will be everyone's cup of tea on the forum. It's obviously from a female perspective and not unlike a Whit Stillman film in that it's about privileged young New Yorkers talking smartly about themselves.

But there's some awkward sex in it, which as I was telling Crispin in the Love Status thread, made me think of him. So there is that.

Hope some of you like it as much as I do so far.

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I'm enjoying it but the almost complete lack of self-awareness from every major character is getting a little grating already.

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I felt the show progressively got worse as the season went on. None of the characters are particularly interesting and they're all annoying as fuck. Shame as I enjoyed the first few episodes. The pretty much universal praise this show got is baffling.

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About halfway through it starts being co-written by other people and it becomes more like a sitcom and loses its naturalism, which I thought was its strongest feature. It's not bad but just becomes more obvious and the plot drives the characters.

I keep meaning to watch the last episode but never find the time.

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this is my favourite show of the year. i heard basically nothing about it, and i'm shocked it hasn't generated more buzz. i love the characters -- i don't get why you all hate Hannah. she's so typical of frumpy, creative girls; they're always self-absorbed and entitled. that doesn't make her a bitch. the best thing about this show is how it writes men. typically, in shows aimed predominantly at women, men act the way a politically correct society tells women they should want men to act, spilling out their feelings and committing at the drop of a hat and generally acting like neutered pansies, but i like how in "Girls" men act like men. Adam is a great character.

i'm up to the last episode and i loved the venture capitalist in the last one. DADDY DIDN'T BUY ME THIS RUG. OR THIS NOSE. WHY ARE YOU WEARING THAT FUCKING BOWLER HAT? IT'S STUPID.

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I've been loving this also. I'm watching the first run on Sky Atlantic just now so have only seen up to the Warehouse Party episode but every single episode has been a blast. Also, Marnie is so fucking hot it's unreal. I would skin everyone of you for her.

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I've been loving this also. I'm watching the first run on Sky Atlantic just now so have only seen up to the Warehouse Party episode but every single episode has been a blast. Also, Marnie is so fucking hot it's unreal. I would skin everyone of you for her.

She is hawt. That bit where she runs back to the art party after meeting the confident guy :eyebrows:

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She is hawt. That bit where she runs back to the art party after meeting the confident guy eyebrows.gif

I made sure to keep that episode on the Sky+ box for that scene and when I got home the next day my wife had deleted it :(

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I finished watching through the first season last night and I found it so boring, there were only a few highlights for me like meeting the college boyfriend for the first time and seeing Chris O'Dowd (not because of the character, just because I still can't get why he's in US stuff and that amuses me). I don't know why I watched it through but I get the feeling like I'm still going to end up carrying on watching it....

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I finished watching through the first season last night and I found it so boring, there were only a few highlights for me like meeting the college boyfriend for the first time and seeing Chris O'Dowd (not because of the character, just because I still can't get why he's in US stuff and that amuses me). I don't know why I watched it through but I get the feeling like I'm still going to end up carrying on watching it....

I am glad I am not the only one who is baffled by Chris O'Dowd's success in America.

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new series starts this month, bafflingly. i guess i missed the original run by ages. i found this show quite inspiring. when i heard Hannah wrote the whole thing it made me want to write my own hip confessional about being privileged and white in a big city.

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so is nobody watching this any more? i forgot about it and just caught up on the first few episodes of the new series. i'd read mixed reviews about this one and i've gotta say i agree with its detractors now: the show lacks a sympathetic character, and a lot of what transpires has already become predictable. characters i thought were cool and refreshing in the first series just seem obnoxious now, particularly the artist guy that Marny is seeing.

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