Sex, Drugs, And Brooklyn: A Conversation About HBO's 'Girls'

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Sex, Drugs, And Brooklyn: A Conversation About HBO's 'Girls'

Why do people love the HBO series "Girls?" Part of the fun is the cascade of 21st century epigrams.

Every episode belches out a dozen or so quotables: The exotic Jessa to her older, uninteresting husband: "I tell my friends you were a test tube baby, just to give you a little edge."
 
The irritable coffeehouse manager Ray, when his new employee Hannah shows up for work in a white dress: "Forget all the BBC you watch at home with your cats and come back with an appropriate outfit."
 
The protagonist Hannah on her boyfriend Adam: “I know I’ve always said he’s murdery in a sexy way, but what if he’s really murdery in a murder way?”
 
Hannah's irrepressible gay ex-boyfriend Elijah readying for a night on the town:  "Let's have the type of night where it's 5 am and one of us has definitely punched someone who's been on a Disney channel show."
 
But it's more than the lines. We'll discuss the mystique of 'Girls' today.
 
You can join the conversation. E-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

  

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Perhaps the first show with deliberately-unlikable characters was Seinfeld. But while those characters were unlikeable, there was truth in all their little nit-picky quirks, etc, truth that was taken to comic extremes. But it made them identifiable. The characters on Girls are just irritating, mostly because, as you've talked about, there's an entitlement about the. They make the Seinfeld characters lovable.

Sex And the City was simply horrible and unfunny. Aside from the self-absorbed whining, the locker room talk those women engaged in was something I don't want to hear even from men. I expect more from women.