Girls returns for its third season tonight, hopefully answering the burning questions of whether Adam (Adam Driver) and Hannah (Lena Dunham) are currently living in domestic, Brooklyn bliss, and how Christopher Abbott‘s sudden departure will affect Charlie and Marnie’s relationship. Despite sweetly reuniting at Roberta’s in the Season 2 finale, all good things must come to an end. And besides, break-ups and heartache work better for this group. Like many 20somethings, the female protagonists of Dunham’s HBO series have had their fair share of romantic misfires. For every adoring boyfriend who is willing to hold your just-worn retainer, there’s a creepy older boss who doesn’t know the difference between good and bad touches or that casual hookup who won’t text you back.
We’ve cringed at some of the more uncomfortable encounters, swearing to resist all advances by famous artists and abstain from hooking up with a friend’s sibling (even if it’s only step). Rather than trivialize these bad dates or sexual experiences, Dunham’s crew portrays them in a painfully realistic way. Even if the show’s audience disagrees on the definition of realistic. Hannah’s weekend sexcation at the home of a handsome, wealthy doctor (Patrick Wilson) left fans, pundits and trolls to argue about whether or not she was “attractive enough” or the whole Woody Allen-esque plotline truly plausible. Other rendezvous were comical, some were sad, yet all represent the myriad experiences one cultivates over time. At least all adventurous girls do, don’t they?
To celebrate new beginnings, we ranked all of the gentlemen who have pursued or played Hannah, Jessa, Marnie and Shoshana. Who do we think is the most respectful? Who is the most pleasing? The most sane? Take a look at the gallery above, ranked from truly awful to bona fide catch, to find out.