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Then again, that’s a lot of significance to lay on a half-hour HBO comedy. Besides, I could see that there was another thing to notice about Girls: Lena Dunham’s body, which she had placed, quite deliberately, in the spotlight. Unlike many women on TV, Dunham is short and pear-shaped. She has a tattoo of Eloise on her back, plus ink done by her friend and co-star Jemima Kirke, whom she knew in high school at St. Ann’s. The filmmaker can look beautiful in the manner of twenties movie star Clara Bow: She has a small chin, a bow mouth, and very large brown eyes flecked with gold. But just as often, she lets herself look like hell. Dunham films herself nude, with her skin breaking out, her belly in folds, chin doubled, or flat on her back with her feet in a gynecologist’s stirrups. These scenes shouldn’t shock, but they do, if only because in a culture soaked in Photoshop and Botox, few powerful women open themselves up so aggressively to the judgment of voyeurs.

There is no shortage of nudity on cable television, of course, where strip-downs are your prize for watching an “adult” series—porn with purchase, like a trip to the Champagne Room. But the sex on Girls isn’t a reward, it’s a revelation. This begins in the pilot, when the show introduces four characters: Dunham’s Hannah, whose professor parents have cut her off from the financial teat; her responsible friend Marnie (Allison Williams, Brian Williams’s daughter); and her irresponsible buddy Jessa (Kirke, the daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke); plus Jessa’s innocent, Sex and the City–addled cousin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, David’s daughter). Soon enough, there’s a graphic hookup between Hannah and her monkeyish sex buddy, Adam (the amazing Adam Driver), an artsy Prospect Heights carpenter who ignores her texts until she’s standing outside his window. But it’s the second episode that really goes raw, and while I want to avoid spoilers, basically a moment of verbal role play flies right off the rails, leaving Hannah to wriggle her way through an epically bad lay, a scene that is filmed close-up, with covers off, and lacking any of the coy cutaway that usually transforms TV sex into a kind of sleek digital candy. The sequence made me laugh out loud, and cringe, and cover my eyes, but it was also remarkably poignant. It was a scene that presented sex as a rough draft, a failed negotiation, at once hilarious and real.

All of Girls is a little like that. It’s a show about life lived as a rough draft—something well intentioned, possibly promising, but definitely begging for cruel critiques. And yet, at least so far, the show has attracted glowing notices, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it a “brilliant gem.” By giving Dunham many months to edit her ten episodes, HBO’s timing has proved strategic: When production began, there were few female-led sitcoms, but by spring, network television was hosting a half-dozen new hits, several with “girl” in the title. Bawdy and flawed, these series helped Girls in several ways. They gave the show something to be better than, they acclimatized the audience to vagina jokes—and just as usefully, they made it possible for Girls to debut without the pressure of representing Everygirl.

Still, it’s not difficult to imagine criticisms of Girls, many of them the type that greet “girl culture” in general, from chick-lit novels to Tori Amos albums—that it’s navel-gazing, that it’s juvenile, that it’s TMI. In addition, there’s what Dunham calls “the rarefied white hipster thing.” Despite the denials at HBO and by the show’s creators (it was practically a mantra on set that Girls is not the new Sex and the City), Girls is a post–Sex and the City show, albeit one with an aesthetic that’s raw and bruised, not aspirational. Sex and the City first achieved notoriety when its characters debated the power dynamics of anal sex during a cab ride, during the “up-the-butt girl” episode. In Girls, that discussion is not abstract: It’s Hannah, naked, on her knees, chattering anxiously as Adam pulls on (she hopes) a condom, trying to get some reassurance that he’s not heading in the wrong direction. Still, like SATC, Dunham’s show takes as its subject women who are quite demographically specific—cosseted white New Yorkers from educated backgrounds—then mines their lives for the universal. While the two shows dramatize very different stages of life, Girls might as well swing an arm around its Manolo’d aunt, who (even before she wrecked her brand with that awful trip to Abu Dhabi) took her own share of abuse.

Girls will also surely be compared to Bridesmaids, that other female ensemble comedy produced by Judd Apatow. Dunham is the cable analogue to network’s boom in female creators, among them Whitney Cummings, Suburgatory’s Emily Kapnek, Up All Night’s Emily Spivey, New Girl’s Liz Meriwether, and the reigning sitcom queen bees Fey and Poehler. Her spoiled, self-­destructive Hannah also fits nicely among the sorority of flawed anti-heroines on shows like HBO’s ­Enlightened and Showtime’s Homeland.

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Over the last nine days, I’ve been attempting to wrap my brain around why so many people have an issue with HBO’s new show, “Girls.” Most critics initially expressed admiration for Lena Dunham’s glimpse into the lives of four young, spoiled women, but almost all have also expressed some reservation. Accusations of nepotism, poor handling of race, and the unconventional looks of the four leads have all been articulated as factors (Joanna addresed each in her review last week). But I think these critiques have been used to mask a larger, foundational issue.

If you dip into the comments section of “Girls” reviews on any given site, one refrain echoes throughout: The characters are entitled and unlikable. Why should I watch a bunch of people I don’t like?

Unlikable characters, however, are not novel. Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is horribly unlikable. The entire cast of “Seinfeld” was unlikable. Ricky Gervais characters are unlikable. The characters in “Bored to Death” were in many ways unlikable. Hell, no one is more unlikable than Kenny Powers. To some extent, it’s a clear case of sexism: Viewers like to watch unattractive, unlikable men, but they have issues with unconventional looking, unlikable women. But I don’t think that’s entirely it; after all, the complaint has not been directed at Laura Dern in “Enlightened” or Laura Linney in “The C Word” or even Edie Falco and “Nurse Jackie” to the degree it has at “Girls,” and they’re all unlikable leads.

Indeed, I think the source of consternation for most viewers is socioeconomic in nature. It’s not that we can’t enjoy unlikable people doing unlikable things, it’s that these characters are unlikable in a specific way that revolves around money and class and entitlement. It has less to do with the way they look, the fact they’re unlikable, or nepotism (which isn’t even a real issue) and has most to do with our disdain for privileged white people.

It’s this very problem I had with Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, a movie I didn’t like at all because the problems of these women are not something with which I can relate. They’re not just First World Problems: They’re Rich People Problems, and the 99 percent has serious resentment for rich white people, and the kind of entitlement endemic to the women of “Girls” is even more problematic than the fat cats, Wall Street brokers, and CEO’s we typically associate with wealth. At least they earned it, even if it was by shitting on the 99 percent and leaving the world a worse place. The women of “Girls” haven’t earned a goddamn thing.

Indeed, although it’s obviously not the case, the women of “Girls” seem worse than even the rich, white spoiled privilege we associate with hotel heiresses like Paris Hilton or fame-whores like the Kardashians: At least they are transparent about their wealth. They flaunt it. They gleefully trample on the world’s resources and look down their noses at the rest of us. Those are characteristics we’re comfortable associating with wealth, even if we don’t like it.

The women of “Girls,” meanwhile, live in dingy apartments, wear clothes that look like something out of thrift stores, and — gasp! — take the subway. They don’t have maids, they don’t have expensive cars, and they don’t wear ostentatious jewelry. But make no mistake: They have a safety net of wealth to break their falls, and what annoys me about “Girls” is that they’re shameless about accepting it. They don’t feel that they’re owed lavish apartments and trust-fund checks. It’s almost more insidious: They feel they have the right to accept the money but reject the lifestyle, reject the choices their parents made to earn the money, and reject all the strings that are associated with wealth. They want their cake, and they want to it eat, too, but they don’t want fancy cakes. They want Hostess fucking Twinkies, but they’re not even willing to work for that.

It makes me — and other like-minded viewers — furious, furious because they don’t take advantage of their money, of their education, and of their socioeconomic position. They’ve had their lives handed to them, and they are aesthetically and self-consciously rejecting them. They’re spitting out the silver spoon, scuffing it up, scraping off the polished finish and putting it back into their mouths. They want to go it alone, but not really. What they really want is the illusion of going it alone.

These are the problems I have with the characters and the mentality of “Girls.” It’s why I hated Tiny Furniture, but what I didn’t get until I watched “Girls” is that Lena Dunham is not trying to redeem these characters. She’s not trying dig deep and find the humanity buried underneath. I don’t even know if she’s necessarily mocking them or sending them up. She’s simply presenting them, bringing them to life in a way that no show before it ever has. But the crucial difference between a show like “Girls” and a show like “Friends” — which is also populated with wealthy, privileged characters — is the sense of self-awareness in “Girls.” Dunham, whether she belongs to this class of people or not, understands that they are unlikable. She doesn’t want to offer her characters salvation; she doesn’t want to lead them to redemption. She just wants us to know they exist, and for all their negative qualities, they are complicated people, which is a lot more than we can say for hotel heiresses or the Kardashians.

Indeed, the reason why I do like “Girls,” and why I think there is something very noble about it, is that it does something that those others shows about unlikable people don’t and what very few shows have ever done: It follows complicated women dealing with their own complicated messes. It’s the polar opposite of “Entourage,” a superficial show about superficial men dealing with superficial problems. “Girls” addresses a lot “yucky” stuff, and the women of “Girls” — particularly Dunham — talk about their bodies in ways with which most men — including myself — are not comfortable. Being a woman is messy fucking business, and I think a lot of people have problems confronting that fact. Dunham is holding that mess up and rubbing it in our faces, forcing us — or at least those of us willing to confront our own discomfort — to come to terms with the insecurities, inadequacies, anxieties, and unpleasantness often associated with being a woman. It’s a hard show to like, but for me anyway, it’s an easy one to appreciate.


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Screen shot of opening credits (each episode's opening is stylized in a different color). Genre Comedy-drama Created by Lena Dunham Starring Lena Dunham
Allison Williams
Jemima Kirke
Zosia Mamet
Adam Driver
Alex Karpovsky Country of origin United States Language(s) English No. of seasons 2 No. of episodes 11 (List of episodes) Production Executive producer(s) Lena Dunham
Judd Apatow
Jennifer Konner
Ilene S. Landress (co-) Producer(s) Peter Phillips (co-)
Bruce Eric Kaplan (co-)
Dan Sterling (consulting) Editor(s) Robert Franzen
Catherine Haight Camera setup Single-camera Running time 30 minutes Production company(s) Apatow Productions
I Am Jenni Konner Productions
HBO Entertainment Broadcast Original channel HBO Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) Original run April 15, 2012 (2012-04-15) – present External links Website

Girls is an American television series that began airing on HBO on April 15, 2012. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls is a comedy-drama that follows a close group of twenty-somethings as they chart their lives in New York City. The show's premise and major aspects of the main character were inspired by some of 26-year-old Dunham's real-life experiences.[1]

Contents 1 Series synopsis 2 Production 3 Cast 3.1 Main 3.2 Recurring 4 Episodes 5 Reception 5.1 Accolades 5.2 Controversy 6 Broadcast 6.1 International broadcasting 7 References 8 External links [edit] Series synopsis This section requires expansion. (August 2012)

Aspiring writer Hannah gets a shock when her parents visit from East Lansing, Michigan and announce they will no longer financially support her as they have done since her graduation from Oberlin College two years prior. Left to her own devices in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, she and her friends navigate their twenties, "one mistake at a time."[2] Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Adam Driver co-star as Hannah's circle of friends.

[edit] Production

Lena Dunham's 2010 debut feature, Tiny Furniture—which she wrote, directed and starred in—received positive reviews at festivals as well as awards attention, including Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest and Best First Screenplay at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.[3][4] The independent film's success earned her the opportunity to collaborate with Judd Apatow for an HBO pilot.[5] Apatow said he was drawn to Dunham's imagination and added that Girls would provide men with an insight into "realistic females".[1]

Some of the struggles facing Dunham's character Hannah—including being cut off financially from her parents, becoming a writer and making bad decisions—are inspired by Dunham's real-life experiences.[1] The show's unique and eclectic look is achieved by shopping at a number of vintage boutiques in New York, including Brooklyn Flea and Geminola owned by the mother of Jemima Kirke.[6]

Dunham said Girls reflects a part of the population not portrayed in the 1998 HBO series Sex and the City. "Gossip Girl was teens duking it out on the Upper East Side and Sex and the City was women who figured out work and friends and now want to nail family life. There was this whole in between space that hadn't really been addressed," she said.[1] The pilot intentionally references Sex and the City as producers wanted to make it clear that the driving force behind Girls is that the characters were inspired by the former HBO series and moved to New York to pursue their dreams.[1] Dunham herself says she "revere[s] that show just as much as any girl of my generation."[1]

As executive producer,[7] Dunham and Jennifer Konner are both showrunners of the series while Dunham is also the head writer.[8][9] Apatow is also executive producer,[7] under his Apatow Productions label. Dunham wrote or co-wrote all ten episodes of the first season and directed five, including the pilot.[7][10] Season one was filmed between April to August of 2011.

Season two premiered on January 13, 2013 at 9PM on HBO.

[edit] Cast Promotional poster for the series premiere showing the cast. [edit] Main Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath: an aspiring writer in her mid-twenties living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn whose parents cut her off financially. She unintentionally quits her unpaid internship after her request to be paid is denied. After a failed attempt at working in a clerical job at a law office, she takes a job at the coffee shop Ray manages.[11] Allison Williams as Marnie Michaels: Hannah's best friend and, at the start of season 1, roommate. Along with Jessa, Charlie and Elijah, Marnie was a classmate of Hannah's at Oberlin College. She is a responsible and serious art gallery assistant. During a majority of the first season, Marnie struggles with whether or not to end her relationship with her college boyfriend Charlie. After he breaks up with her, she vows to get him back, but her intentions are not clear. When they do reconcile and have make-up sex, she then tells him that she wants to break up. Marnie then discovers that Charlie already has another girlfriend only two weeks after they broke up, which makes her feel depressed and unsure of herself. After having an emotional fight with Hannah, she moves out of their apartment to temporarily stay with Jessa and Shoshanna. In the episode "Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too", Marnie reveals that she lost her virginity to her first boyfriend at fourteen.[12] Jemima Kirke as Jessa Johansson: Bohemian and an unpredictable world-traveler, she is newly back to New York City where she becomes roommates with her cousin Shoshanna in Nolita. In the pilot, Jessa reveals that she is pregnant. She plans on having an abortion, but ends up getting her period the day of her appointment.[13] Zosia Mamet as Shoshanna Shapiro: Jessa's bubbly and innocent American cousin, who's a student at New York University. Her "biggest baggage" is that she is a virgin, although she loses her virginity to Ray in the season one finale. Shoshanna is an avid fan of the Sex & the City franchise, and keeps a poster from the first movie in her apartment.[14] Adam Driver as Adam Sackler: Hannah's aloof lover, part-time carpenter, and actor. Adam is usually seen in his apartment where he and Hannah have sex, but their relationship deepens over the course of the first season. Like Hannah, Adam is very defensive when it comes to his personal feelings. In the season one finale, he offers to move in to Hannah's apartment but then breaks up with her after he says he loves her, and she doesn't respond.[15] Alex Karpovsky as Ray Ploshansky (Season 2, recurring previously)[16]: Charlie's friend. He manages a coffee shop, where he later gives Hannah a job. Ray is very protective of Charlie, and initially refuses to help Marnie get back together with him. He helps take care of Shoshanna after she accidentally smokes crack at a rave, and develops feelings for her. Shoshanna loses her virginity with Ray at the end of the first season finale. [edit] Recurring Christopher Abbott as Charlie Dattolo: Marnie's ex-boyfriend, with whom she became increasingly bored. In the episode "Hard Being Easy", Marnie attempts to find Charlie in order for him to take her back, but has difficulty since she has never been to his apartment. It's revealed via flashback that he and Marnie first met at a college party when Marnie had a bad reaction to marijuana brownies. He breaks up with Marnie after discovering that she views him as needy and desperate through entries in Hannah's journal. After getting back together, Marnie is then the one to end their relationship. In "Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. The Crackcident", Charlie already has a new girlfriend named Audrey. He and Marnie run into each other at Jessa's surprise wedding, and seem to be on friendlier terms. He and Ray occasionally do gigs as a two-person band called Questionable Goods (whose first appearance is in the episode, "Hannah's Diary"). Andrew Rannells as Elijah Krantz: Hannah's ex-boyfriend from college who reveals to her that he is gay. He also apparently made out with Marnie once while they were in college. He becomes Hannah's new roommate at the end of the first season finale. Richard Masur as Rich Glatter: Hannah's boss at the law firm, who makes unwanted sexual advances toward her and her female co-workers. Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari as Loreen and Tad Horvath: Hannah's parents, professors who live in East Lansing, MI. They cut her off in the pilot episode so that way she can be more focused on her writing. She later visits them for their 30th anniversary, but does not share her recent financial problems to them. Kathryn Hahn and James LeGros as Katherine and Jeff Lavoyt: The parents of two young girls that Jessa babysat. Katherine is a documentary filmmaker, and Jeff is unemployed. Jeff develops a romantic interest in Jessa, which she eventually stops. She is fired, but is later visited by Katherine who offers her job back. Despite deciding not to see each other again, they have a heart-to-heart over Jeff and Jessa's inability to grow up. Chris O'Dowd as Thomas-John, an affluent venture capitalist. After an earlier unpleasant encounter with Jessa and Marnie, he ends up marrying Jessa in a surprise ceremony at the end of the first season.

Many of Dunham's co-stars are daughters of famous names in the entertainment and media industry. Jemima Kirke, a high school friend of Dunham who also appeared in Tiny Furniture, is the daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke.[17] Zosia Mamet is the daughter of playwright David Mamet and actress Lindsay Crouse, granddaughter of playwright Russel Crouse and great-granddaughter of writer and educator John Erskine. Allison Williams is the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.[9]

[edit] Episodes Main article: List of Girls episodes Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release date Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 1 10 April 15, 2012 (2012-04-15) June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17) December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)[18] February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)[19] December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)[20] 2 10[21] January 13, 2013 (2013-01-13) N/A N/A N/A N/A [edit] Reception

Critics lauded the show for its raw nature, humor, and refreshing tone.[22] According to Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the series holds an average score of 87 based on 28 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim".[22] The website also lists the show as the highest-rated fictional debut series of 2012.[23]

James Poniewozik from Time reserved high praise for the series, calling it "raw, audacious, nuanced and richly, often excruciatingly funny."[24] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter called Girls "one of the most original, spot-on, no-missed-steps series in recent memory." Reviewing the first three episodes at the 2012 SXSW Festival, he said the series conveys "real female friendships, the angst of emerging adulthood, nuanced relationships, sexuality, self-esteem, body image, intimacy in a tech-savvy world that promotes distance, the bloodlust of surviving New York on very little money and the modern parenting of entitled children, among many other things—all laced together with humor and poignancy."[25]

Despite many positive reviews, several critics felt the show was too homogenous in its depiction of young women living in Brooklyn.'s Renee Martin excoriated Lena Dunham's casting. "Girls is quite simply about spoiled White girls," Martin wrote. "They have so much privilege that they have developed a sense of entitlement. Meritocracy, which is continually applied to historically marginalized people is something that simply does not apply to them, though they do negotiate sexism. This a show about a privileged group of vapid women whining about being forced to be even remotely responsible for themselves."[26]

Gawker's John Cook ripped Girls, saying it was a "a television program about the children of wealthy famous people and shitty music and Facebook and how hard it is to know who you are and Thought Catalog and sexually transmitted diseases and the exhaustion of ceaselessly dramatizing your own life while posing as someone who understands the fundamental emptiness and narcissism of that very self-dramatization."[27]

Following the season finale Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan positively reviewed the show, applauding Dunham's more realistic portrayal of women and their relationships than mainstream media tends to present. "Let's face it; The assumptions that media (and advertising) executives make about what and who consumers of different genders relate to and want to see are incredibly condescending...Relating to people who aren't exactly like us isn't a new thing. But to know that the healthy "Girls" audience is sticking with this kind of character—a woman who behaves in unlikable ways at times—is incredibly heartening. It upends a lot of conventional thinking that the television industry takes as a given."[28]

[edit] Accolades Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Notes 2012 2nd Critics' Choice Television Award [29] Best Comedy Series Girls Nominated Best Actress in a Comedy Series Lena Dunham Nominated 28th Television Critics Association Awards[30] Outstanding New Program Girls Nominated Individual Achievement in Comedy Lena Dunham Nominated 64th Primetime Emmy Awards[31] Outstanding Comedy Series Girls Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lena Dunham Nominated Episode: "She Did" Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Lena Dunham Nominated Episode: "She Did" Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Lena Dunham Nominated Episode: "Pilot" Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series Jennifer Euston Won[32] Satellite Awards Television Series, Comedy or Musical Girls Nominated Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Lena Dunham Nominated Writer's Guild of America Awards Comedy Series Show Writer's Pending New Series Show Writer's Pending Women's Image Network Awards Outstanding Film / Show Written by A Woman Lena Dunham Pending Outstanding Film / Show Directed by A Woman Lena Dunham Pending 2013 70th Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical Girls Won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Lena Dunham Won [edit] Controversy

The premiere of the pilot was also met with criticism regarding the all-white main cast in the otherwise culturally diverse setting of New York City (the only black actors in the pilot were a homeless man and a taxi driver, and the only Asian actress had the sole trait of being good with a piece of computer software).[33][34] Lesley Arfin, a writer for the show responded to the controversy with a racially-inflammatory joke. "What really bothered me most about Precious was that there was no representation of ME," Arfin tweeted, she later went back and deleted it following the uproar.[35] Lena Dunham has given interviews where she talks about the diversity question with the series, stating that with HBO's renewal of the series for a second season, "these issues will be addressed."[36]

[edit] Broadcast

Girls premiered on April 15, 2012, on HBO in the United States.[37][38] The first three episodes were screened at the 2012 SXSW Festival on March 12.[39]

Although the series attracted modest ratings for the network, HBO renewed the series for a second season of ten episodes on April 30, 2012.[7][9][40][41]

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The "Girls" are almost back. Lena Dunham's series returns with Season 2 on Sunday, January 13 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO and true to the music in the new tr...

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DVDs: Bourne Legacy, Trouble With The Curve and Other Movies You'll Regret in the Morning

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.18.2012

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You know the walk of shame? That's the idea in movies that when someone has a one-night stand, they walk home the next morning, certain everyone is aware of their bad decision. You should think about the walk of shame you have to make back to Redbox after renting a lame movie.

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PHOTO: 'Girls' Now Has Its Own Nail Polish Line

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 12.17.2012

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Because OF COURSE.

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'Girls' Posters & More About What To Expect In Season 2

Posted 12.11.2012

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The "Girls" Season 2 premiere is only a month away, and HBO has finally leaked a few details -- and photos -- about what's to come in January. In ...

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Good News For 'Girls' Fans

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 12.10.2012

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"Girls" fans, rejoice! It was just announced that Lena Dunham's HBO show will be getting a soundtrack. Due out from record label Fueled by Ramen o...

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WATCH: 'Girls' Star Reveals What He Looks For In A Woman

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.04.2012

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Alex Karpovsky may be best known as the brutally honest/lovable jerk Ray on "Girls," but in real life he comes across as a pretty stand-up dude. This ...

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WATCH: New 'Girls' Season 2 Trailer

Posted 11.30.2012

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The new "Girls" Season 2 trailer has arrived. Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are headed back to HBO ... and they want you to know it. Not onl...

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WATCH: What 'Girls' Would Look Like If It Came Out In 2000

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.29.2012

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In many ways, the hit 2012 HBO show "Girls" seems about as different as you can get from the small-screen family dramas of the early 2000s. Hannah, Ma...

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'Girls' Season 2 Photos: Adam's Broken Leg, Puppies Galore

EW | Posted 11.27.2012

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It's going to be another awkward year for the ladies on "Girls."...

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23 Entertainment Moments Our Editors Are Grateful For

Posted 11.22.2012

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Thanksgiving is a time to set aside cynicism in favor of some reflection and gratitude. At HuffPost Entertainment, it's also a time to put on some ros...

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