HBO's Girls, Lena Dunham, and Feeling Weird

Lately, there's been a lot of talk in these parts about HBO's Girls, the (obviously amazing) series that's written, directed, produced, and stars Lena Dunham.

The show chronicles the lives of four twenty-somethings in New York and is in no way like Sex and the City, and as much as I love that show, thank god. Girls is the first show I've ever seen that takes real feelings, relatioships, and even dialogue and puts it on screen. I watched it while I still lived in Greenpoint, but it's recently began airing in London and the second series is set to launch on HBO in January. I've already made my weekly plans for watching.

The show does a great job of showing exactly how I (and maybe you, if you fit the target demographic) feel, which is perfect and happy and hopeful and odd and nostalgic and sad and confused. Anyone has the possibility of feeling that same set of feelings at anytime in their lives, but there's something about being in your 20s and 30s in New York that takes those feelings to new levels.

I miss New York, and Girls makes me miss it more—the show is literally filmed on my old street in Greenpoint—but at the same time it's comforting to watch and know that there are literally millions of other gals who feel the same way as I do, right now.

What Girls has also given me is a guaranteed mood lifter in the form of this scene from season one:


If you've somehow managed to make it this far without watching Girls, do yourself a favor and try an episode. Whether you have a serious case of #whitegirlproblems yourself or not, the show is so well-written that I'll go out on a limb here and say most people can probably relate to it on some level. The feelings and insecurities are basic and human, and it's nice to see them in such a public forum.

So the point is, season 2 of Girls starts on January 13th.

Watch it.