Girls: Unhappy Together

by Rachel Stein March 18, 2013 9:59 am
<I>Girls</i>: Unhappy Together

At the risk of pulling a Britta, I could logically understand Lena Dunham's defense of not having a racially diverse cast in Season 1 of Girls, but I can't stand Season 2's acceptance of male anger. Adam has risen to co-star status this season, which from afar seems like an improvement given that Adam Driver is clearly the best actor on the series, but I think that it generally has hindered the show in a very serious way. Girls Season 1 was about a group of young women struggling to find their identities through their various relationships with each other, and occasionally, through men. Season 2 was about several fair-weather female friends who completely unravel when there's not a strong male presence in their lives, while the men who matter to them thrive or at the very least, actively try to become better people. (And now that Season 3's writing staff is mostly men, to say I'm pessimistic would be an understatement.) Whereas Hannah stumbled through the season coping with overwhelming stress-induced OCD, Adam made a few charming speeches and was rewarded with a girlfriend on whom he could take out his repressive issues in what I'm going to go ahead and call "gray rape," becoming the storybook hero the show so desperately wanted him to be in the Season 2 finale. In the same way that, say, Rihanna is not responsible for being a role model for battered women and has every right to get back together with her abusive ex-boyfriend, just because Girls was marketed as a series for young women to commiserate with, I guess it is technically okay that it's become a show where the ladies are emotionally immature (at best) and the guys are the focal points, if not the anti-heroes. Sure.

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein February 17, 2013 9:33 pm
<I>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

"Boys" is nothing like "One Man's Trash," which the majority of Internet commenters will be thankful for -- aside from the cold open, we didn't get too much of Hannah and absolutely none of her boobs. It's pretty impressive, actually. "Boys" also won't inspire the kind of articles about being a young woman discovering herself through her sexual encounters like the one my friend Leigh Alexander wrote (and HBO promoted) for Thought Catalog, but it did succeed in giving us some wonderful alone time with Adam and Ray, a few classic Shoshanna-isms, a Jessa update and my favorite Marnie storyline to date. Let's get to it.

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein February 11, 2013 9:00 am
<I>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

It will probably come to no surprise to you that "One Man's Trash" was written by Lena Dunham -- after all, you'd have to be crazy to have your own show without devoting at least one entire episode to a hot older guy finding you so wildly attractive that he puts his life on hold for you and lets you frolic in his ballin' apartment.

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein January 27, 2013 9:35 pm
<i>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

Girls haters have another loss to groan about this week: Lena and the gang have been picked up for a third season. And if virgin viewers took that news to heart and decided to check out the show starting with this week's "Bad Friend," I'm pretty sure they will never ever be back.

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein January 20, 2013 9:33 pm
<i>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

Congratulations to Golden Globe winner for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy TV Series Lena Dunham and to Girls for picking up Best TV Comedy. I for one was pleasantly surprised, but when you compare "I Get Ideas" to this week's episode of Modern Family, suddenly the win doesn't seem quite so crazy. I also loved that after the Globes, Robyn's "Dancing On My Own" got a sales bump, but I digress.

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein January 13, 2013 9:33 pm
<i>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

Isn't it nice to be able to just watch Girls, rather than read think piece after think piece about how various people disliked those ten episodes of Season 1 so much that they feel their thoughts on Lena Dunham must therefore be transcendent? Yeah, me too.

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein June 18, 2012 1:40 pm
<I>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

From here on out, whenever a character has a completely out-of-nowhere (but not improbable) engagement or, God forbid, surprise wedding, it should be referred to as pulling a Draper. Used in a sentence: "Jessa and Chris O'Dowd totally Draper'd us in the Girls Season 1 finale."

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein June 11, 2012 1:36 pm
<I>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

As is the case with most penultimate episodes, "Leave Me Alone" was primarily a set-up for Girls' Season 1 finale, which we're going into with Hannah and Marnie no longer living together, Jessa maybe actually trying to get her life together and Shoshanna internet dating. None of the storylines are particularly enthralling, but the teaser for next week included Elijah, so my hopes are cautiously high. Until then, let's look at the episode's highs and lows.

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein April 30, 2012 6:00 am
<I>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

I don't know about y'all, but I'm sick of reading about why Girls is completely unrealistic, why it's unfair that it's the only show for getting flack about being white-washed and why it's time to stop using "white" as a pejorative. I don't necessarily completely disagree with what anyone is here saying (in most cases), but given that I've already written about the politics surrounding the show twice now, I want to write about them again as much (i.e. as little) as you want to read about them. Instead, let's dive right into "All Adventurous Women Do," one of the sexiest episodes of TV I've ever seen.

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