What is it about a show following a foursome of fabulous women that makes it so compulsively watchable? Sex & the City, Designing Women, Girlfriends — the formula has been a proven hit, time after time. To figure out why, we of course have to refer to the OG of female foursome TV: The Golden Girls. Following the lives of sexy seniors raunching it up in a Miami retirement community, the multi-Emmy winner introduced the four archetypes that would be the secret sauce for the success of all it’s imitators: The Witty Everywoman (ie, the leader of the pack), the Innocent (ie, the lovable airhead), the Vixen (ie, the tart who’ll steal your man and giggle about it), and the Realist (ie, the wise-cracking shade-thrower). This combination? Ratings gold.
To celebrate Girls’ creator Lena Dunham‘s first SNL hosting gig, let’s take a look at some of our favorite female foursomes in TV history. Sofia Petrillo forever.
The meme gods have smiled on us! If you’ve been dazzled by all the action in Sochi, Russia during this year’s Winter Olympics, and you happen to be a fan of HBO’s Girls, the internet has bestowed a gift you didn’t even know you wanted. Until now.
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.
On her hit show, Girls, Lena Dunham provides an unflinching window into the angst-ridden psyches of young New Yorkers. In real life, though, she seems like kind of an adorably blissed-out person (despite the internet’s haterade). Hannah Horvath might be suffering through one emotional debacle after another, but Lena Dunham appears to be happily enjoying the charmed life of a successful 20-something writer, actress and auteur.
With a provocative golden age of television upon us, we’ve gotten used to seeing steamy sex scenes on the small screen. But as showrunners continue to push the envelope, they’re giving us more glimpses into characters’ experiences with nudity that don’t necessarily involve coitus.
The 2013 Emmy Award nominations will be announced bright and early tomorrow morning, which means we’ll soon have the pleasure of knowing who to root for come September and what to immediately start complaining about on Twitter. Assuming some of the performances we’ve been most fond of won’t be recognized by the Academy, here are a few of our favorite moments from the past year on the tube worthy of both industry hardware and your undying love.
Newly-minted Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham made some unfortunate headlines recently following some unkind remarks about her from shock-jock Howard Stern. Luckily that all ended peacefully, but now the multi-talented Girls star is throwing some shade of her own: At pop goddess Rihanna! Oh girl, didn’t you read our post about Riri’s most vicious Twitter slams? This could be bad news, you guys.
Lena appeared on Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s The Thing (lulz) and admitted that she “used to be really into” Rihanna. But lately she feels that her DGAF attitude has gone a little too far, and worries about the effect that she’s having as a role model on her young fans. “I don’t want to ever throw stones from my glass house, but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna,” Lena explained. “Like you know, she left Barbados, she’s had this amazing career, she’s won a Grammy. She’s talented.”
She cites Rihanna rejoining Team Breezy as a major turning point for her. “Then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I’m 95 years old.” Many of Ri’s Navy are starting to wonder if her “good girl gone bad” shtick isn’t just an act, and fear the way she’s influencing children who look up to her.
We’re excited to see what comes out of the new friendship between Howard Stern and Lena Dunham. After all, they love the same things: nudity, jokes, nudity, um, listening to themselves talk? We obviously love listening to them talk to, which is why we are emotional invested in the Girls creator’s visit to the Howard Stern Show today. After Lena repeated Stern’s description of her as a “little fat chick” on Letterman last Friday, Stern apologized for his choice of words. Today, he sooooort of stuck by that when Dunham came in for an interview. “I realize: not only am I addicted, but I totally get you. I’m in love with you and your character,” Stern said of Girls, before adding “It’s not about apologizing, although I want to say I’m a fan of yours … I love you and I think you’re terrific.” We know plenty of little terrific fat girls that we love, so we completely understand where Howard Stern is coming from!
Fortunately Dunham is not the kind of person who gets easily upset. (Of course she isn’t. Have you seen the mean things people write about her on the Internet?) “I’m not super thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit,” she quipped, to which Howard replied that she’s not “obese or anything.” Luckily for Stern, Lena took it in stride. “I appreciate it and I appreciate your effort to rectify [this], but whether you’d done that or not, I’d have remained a [Howard Stern] enthusiast,” Dunham replied. Either way, we have enough Lena Dunham love to overrde a million “fat girl” comments.
If you’ve been following the saga of Howard Stern and Lena Dunham since last week, you might be a little seasick with all the ups and downs their public words have taken — from insult to mock offense to love fest. To recap, Stern commented on Dunham’s frequent nudity on Girls, calling her “a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill, and she keeps taking her clothes off, and it kind of feels like rape. … I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on. … Good for her. It’s hard for little fat chicks to get anything going.”
When the writer/producer/star visited Letterman on Thursday night, she said she kind of loved his comment. “I want my gravestone to say, ‘She was a little fat chick and she got it going,’ ” she said, adding that she’s a huge Stern fan.
“You wanted this.”
“I wanted this so bad.”
“And now you’re getting it.”
“And now I’m finally getting it.”
“It’s about f***ing time.”
“It’s about f***ing time.”
Lena Dunham had herself a NIGHT last night, didn’t she? Not only did the series that she created, Girls, win the Golden Globe for Best Television Series: Musical or Comedy, but Dunham herself upset the likes of Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to take home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy. As momentous as those victories were, perhaps her most triumphant moment of the night came before the opening credits of the Season 2 premiere of Girls on HBO even rolled. We’re referring directly to the image and the dialogue above, in which a naked Lena Dunham is getting down with a naked Donald Glover, giving a not-at-all-subtle “Eff you” to all the critics who blasted her last season for an alleged lack of racial diversity on her show.