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TV Review: Girls

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 0 I have a love-hate relationship with Girls. Since the show premiered two years ago have was almost at my wit’s end with Lena Dunham’s twenty-something’s adventures in New York. However, I cannot seem to stop watching it. After season 2 I swore I was going to stop watching, but the finale roped me back into the show. Now the third season has started and we’re back into the swing of things.

Things seemed to have gotten better since the end of last season. Hannah (Lena Dunham) work as a writer is going well and she is back in a relationship with the acerbic Adam. Shosanna is back in college and Marnie is trying to still get her life back together. Jessa is stuck in rehab trying to work through her issues. All of them start to morph back together.

I was impressed by the premiere of the show. The first season was filled with an awful lot of people sitting around feeling sorry for themselves. The second season showed some characters showing a sense of development towards something better, but it was from the men of the show and not so much the titular girls. That was my main issue with the show: Dunham has all these characters that weren’t really going anywhere. This season seems to finally give these characters a sense of direction.

Hannah’s life seems to be the most on track, finally getting her work published on websites. This could change though if she somehow ruins it for herself and spirals back into self-pity. Marnie is the only character that still is victim to the pitfalls of seasons past and hasn’t quite dug her way out of her obsessive self. However the storyline that impressed me the most was Jessa’s. Her stint in rehab was some of the best work of the series because it seems like Dunham directly addressing the show’s critics.

The scenes where Jessa picks apart her fellow rehabees seem to be Dunham showcasing her maturity as a writer and showrunner. The scenes are a way of showing that the show is beginning to self-analyze itself and try and work things out for the better. It was like Dunham decided to turn to the audience and say, “I know you have some issues with this, let’s work it out.” It’s a welcome development that has kept me intrigued to move on to the next episode.

Girls is a very interesting show. It is among the most contested shows on television regarding whether it is good or bad. It isn’t always good, but it is endlessly watchable. This show almost lost me, but after this premiere the show seems to finally be going somewhere. I hope so at least, but it could revert back to its old habits fast. I pray that it doesn’t because I’m finally interested again.

Girls airs every Sunday at 9 pm on HBO and past episodes are available to stream on HBO Go. 

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