Not everyone is going to love HBO's new dramedy Girls. There are several graphic sex scenes and Hannah, the show's not-always-sympathetic protagonist is bound to rub some people the wrong way. But ironically enough, it's these raw elements that render the show's familiar coming-of-age story completely fresh and real.
Among critics, this show about a quartet of women has been unfavorably compared to Sex and the City (even the show gives it a nod), but it becomes almost immediately clear that these Girls dont wear Manolos. Their apartments, wardrobes and relationships are all, well, kind of shabby. In the second episode, instead of meeting up for cosmos, they congregate at the free clinic for a friend's abortion. Needless to say, there is no Carrie-style voiceover.
For that reason, Girls can be uncomfortable to watch, but if nothing else, it's wildly entertaining and different. Still not convinced? Below, check out our 6 reasons we think you should give it a chance.
1. Because Lena Dunham and executive producer Judd Apatow have the same comedic sensibilities. Girls is by no means Knocked Up or The 40 Year Old Virgin, but it does have the same self-deprecating tone that has become Apatow's signature. Apatow served as Dunham's mentor throughout the production process, "helping her understand how to run a television show, how to use a staff and how to use a larger budget." But above all, he says he was Dunham's "creative sounding board" and describes them as "kindred spirits."
2. The most awkward, cringe-worthy sex you've ever seen on television. Girls portrays sex as something you wouldn't wish upon your worst enemy. Hannah (Lena Dunham) insists on being overly analytical about intercourse — while it's actually happening. Her terrible love interest, played by Adam Driver, has a prominent fantasy that casts Hannah as an 11-year-old junkie who carries a Cabbage Patch Kids lunchbox. On another occasion, when she begins debating the logistics of anal sex, he suggests, "Let's play the quiet game." At times, it borders on being just sad, but like any train wreck, you can't look away.
3. Rather than depicting the 20s as a fun joyride of self-discovery, on Girls, it's an unglamorous struggle filled with disappointment. Marnie (Allison Williams) has a perfect boyfriend who is obsessed with her, but the sight of him begins to make her sick. Hannah is fired from an internship that she's working at for free. When she makes an appointment to get checked for STDs, her gynecologist sums it up best: "You could not pay me enough to be 24 again." True to form, Hannah responds, "Well, they're not paying me at all."