I’ve always been a fan of “guy humor”: the Three Stooges, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Farrelly Brothers. Movies like Dumb and Dumber, Beerfest, and Team America rank among my most beloved. No chick flicks here. PERIOD. I’m generally a fan of any dirty joke ever told, even the stupidest ones conceivable.
So when HBO released Girls, you can probably guess I poo-pooed the idea. I assumed it would be another show with one-dimensional, marriage-obsessed, martini-sipping characters like those of Sex in the City. But one sleepless night, I fired up my DVR and found myself greedily ripping through the entire first season. I’m a HUGE FAN.
The show (written by 26-year-old Lena Dunham) profiles four early-20-something gal pals just getting by in New York working random crappy/entry level jobs, with cell phone bills and rent partially subsidized by their parents. Before you get your feathers all ruffled up, think back to what a friggin’ mess you were at 23. Did you EVER have enough money to live on? Could you have survived in New York in this economy?
Lead character Hannah (played by Dunham) and friends stumble their way through various jobs, relationships, and self-realizations. The beauty of Girls is learning from watching the characters constantly make mistakes. (There’s a never-ending intrigue to watching people awkwardly embarrass themselves.) I love that none of the characters are too perfect looking. The show really brings forth the edgy, funny attitude women can have towards humor, sex, and life in general. If Bridesmaids bridged the gap between guy/girl humor for movies, Girls bridges that gap in the TV realm.
This is some of the funniest, smartest writing on TV right now, and this time it didn’t come from a dude.
I remember what an idiot I was at 24 and how far I’ve come. From selling my plasma for cash to jumping into bed with coworkers, I was no better than anyone on Girls… and I bet you weren’t either! Share a few tales with us about some of your 20-something fumbles.
Tags: girls, lena dunham, TV, twentysomethings