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The Show That the Affluent, Older-Skewing NPR-Set Loves to Embrace Because It Makes Them Feel Hip Is Back!

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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Here’s the trailer for season three of HBO’s Girls, a show which I love, because of course I do. In fact, I have come around to the conclusion that Girls appeals to people like me more than it appeals to the demographic it represents. Is that verifiably true? I don’t know, but I do know that the people on the Internet who write about Girls the most are NPR-loving professional writers on Slate or The Daily Beast or The Atlantic, who have their sh*t together and like to write about Girls in sort of dreamy critical way, and that the PTA moms at my kid’s school love Girls because, I guess, it provides a connection to that 20-something life that most of them — in fact, most 20-somethings now — never had.

It also gives us plenty of material to write about, and the Internet love/hate relationship fuels those posts, even though the show itself is seen by less people than watch Friends reruns late at night.

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Girls returns in January.



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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


  • I tried a bit of the first season. I could see that it was pretty well made, written, and acted. My intention was to stick with it; to let it mature to the point where it would make some of those points it was already hinting at; where it would all come nicely together as a wonderful mix of entertainment and social commentary.
    That was my intention. My desire, however, was to bash everyone on screen with a walking stick and start telling a rambling story that goes nowhere. I don't have a walking stick, OR a rambling story, because I'm not 75 years old - I am in fact in exactly the right demographic for the show - but fucking hell Girls made me feel like I'd lived through the War.

  • Daniel

    "fewer," not "less"

  • John W

    Demographics, whatevs...I just wanna see Allison Williams masturbate again...

  • manting

    I love NPR, Mary Cantell can tell me anything. I do not like Girls, it seems shrill and the characters are not likable.

  • essme

    Okay, as far as I can tell, here's the deal with my people [white, well-educated, east-coast twenty-somethings with no fucking clue how to live] and Girls:

    Parts of it are hilariously phenomenal and super on-point. Parts of it are terribly on-point such that it becomes awkward when your mother asks you if your life is really like that. Parts of it are so terribly on-point that you hate yourself and your life and set a rule that you only watch it when you're feeling stable because sometimes you just can't deal with all these other people's problems in addition to your own OHGODSTOP Brain, you sound like Hannah.

    But on the whole it's fun because it's exaggerated and you get all the jokes and it's nice that, even though you're definitely the most represented group of people on TV, someone can actually capture the listlessness and terror of this time of life. (For that effect, see also: Inside Llewyn Davis.)

  • Robert Sanchez III

    I can't even watch this show for long because it gets everything just right about the bad stuff. To familiar.

  • I just might have to reactivate my HBO in January.

  • sjfromsj

    "It's really liberating to say 'no' to shit you hate."

    - the story of my year, which I consider a lost year career-wise

  • RDubs

    Ray is the best.

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