Ladies (and gentlemen-ladies), how would you feel about a second season of Girls? Or Veep? As of today, HBO has decided to renew both freshman shows for a 10-episode second season, a pretty quick decision considering they’ve only been on the air for a matter of a few weeks. Girls has so far been attracting a respectable 3.8 million viewers a week, while Veep has been pulling down 3.7 million. So our question is: are you are psyched for another season of Lena Dunham and Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Are you quietly thinking that only one (the one you love) should have made it to their sophomore season? Have you been pretending to watch them so you have something to talk about at lunch, when in reality all you watch is TLC’s My Strange Addiction? Not that we’d blame you, ladies (and man-ladies).
Alternatively, maybe you’re still so exhausted from the non-stop build-up to Girls that you haven’t mustered up the energy to have an opinion about another season of it? If so, let the ladies of Rex (Rachael Mason, Kerry McGuire and Stephanie Bencin) and a million other lady comedians run through every possible opinion for you in their video “S— Girls Say About The Show Girls” video. You too, dude-ladies. You’re welcome.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so it must be OK to play this new drinking game I just came up with: “Never Have I Ever, The Girls Edition.” Because seriously, last night’s episode, “All Adventurous Girls Do,” was uncanny with scenes that caused me to flash back to things I maybe would rather forget. I’m not going to tell you which of these things have actually happened to me, but I think we can all play along in the privacy of our own home/office with this list of humiliating/sad/hilarious occurrences in the lives of Hannah, Marnie and Jessa. So here we go. Never have I ever …
… Inappropriately flirted with the father of the kids I babysat. Or at least thought about it.
… Dressed up as someone else for a late-night booty call.
… Sabotaged food as a diet trick and then ate it anyway. Read more…
I had a little epiphany watching the second episode of Girls last night. This was because I watched an episode of Eastbound and Down right before it. We’re not really supposed to like these characters as much as we’re supposed to love-hate them, just like we do the male HBO comedy protagonists before them, Kenny Powers and Larry David. And we’re supposed to cringe at how much the terrible things they say remind us of the things we say in our heads and then think better of. Figuring that out made me enjoy “Vagina Panic” much more — and it makes me look forward to the episodes that haven’t been excerpted and dissected to death as much as the first two have been.
Here are the 10 quotes that had me cringing, nodding my head, laughing and cringing again, in order of cringyness.
10. “I’ve only had sex with two and a half men.” — Hannah, making us wonder just what the half was and hope that at least one of those men satisfied her at some point.
9. “Cobble Hill — that’s like grown up Brooklyn.” — Hannah, in the job interview with Mike Birbiglia, having a conversation only New Yorkers will get, kind of flaunting the fact that they’re having a conversation only New Yorkers will get.
8. “I’m going to admit that I’ve hate read that book.” — Hannah, on Listen Ladies, the self-help book Shoshanna reads to them. This whole scene is so Jezebel-baiting! Read more…
One of the reasons everyone seems to love HBO’s new Girls, like instantaneously, is its warts-and-all depiction of what it’s like to be a young, female and underemployed in the big city. But also, it is a fictional show written and acted for our entertainment. So there have got to be some things that are exaggerated, some facts twisted for the sake of putting Lena Dunham and company in the most uncomfortable, funny situations. And it’s not like the show, for adults, requires a Jackass-style “Don’t try this at home warning.” Still, we suspect that each episode will raise some questions about whether these things really happen. Yes, many 20-somethings are still living off their parents, some companies resort to delegating their Twitter accounts to the interns, and the kids these days are into very casual sex. No, we don’t think $1100 a month is a realistic budget for a young woman living in Brooklyn, though it can be done. But the most nagging question of all, for some of us, at least … Can you legally buy dried poppy pods in the flower district and get high off of the tea?
Well. No, it’s not legal. Every part of the plant but poppy seeds (the kind you plant to grow flowers and the kind on your bagel) is categorized as schedule II controlled substance by the federal government. Michael Pollan, famed food writer and gardener, wrote a really long article for Harper’s in 1997 about how the DEA views poppies. Basically, it’s illegal to grow them, but agents have more pressing laws to enforce. “It’s illegal to grow opium poppies,” an anonymous agent told Pollan, “but frankly I don’t see it becoming a big problem, only because it’s so labor-intensive to harvest the opium. You’ve got to go out early in the morning and slit the pods, then wait until the gum oozes out, and then you have to scrape it off pod by pod.” Read more…
This is probably a sign that I am a little older than the target audience for HBO’s new series: I get that horribly sexist, totally fun Motley Crue song stuck in my head every time I hear Girls mentioned. It can almost drown out the deafening applause I hear from all the people who got advance screeners of the show. The consensus seems to be that it’s great, mostly because of the honest, gritty way it depicts the experience of young Millenial women trying to make it in the big, bad, Recession-ravaged city. I’m not so old that my memories of being 25 in New York are faded. But they are far enough behind me that I do get just a tiny bit nostalgic as I read 50 Shades of Grey — nostalgic for the naivete of Anastasia (OK, I think most of us were like that when we were 17, not 21), her apartment with her best friend, her excitement for a low-paying publishing job, and, oh, yeah, her f—ed up relationship with a millionaire that’s totally OK because it’s not like she’s looking to get married or anything.
Yeah, that’s the kind of view of one’s 20s that only comes with distance. So, I’m contemplating whether to sign up for HBO again (and who are these 20-somethings who can afford premium channels, anyway?), something I usually only do when there are new episodes of True Blood, just for Girls. Maybe I need to be reminded why everyone told me my 30s would be better. Anyway, I gathered some quotes from critics to help me decide; maybe they’ll help you too.
Why We Should Watch:
It’s sticking it to the man: “Even before the Republican candidates adopted The Handmaid’s Tale as a platform, Dunham’s sly, brazen, graphic comedy, with its stress on female friendships, its pleasure in the sick punch line, its compassion for the necessity of making mistakes, felt like a retort to a culture that pathologizes feminine adventure.” — New York
It’s real, unlike the admittedly flawed Sex and the City: “Where that series had a high sheen to it and was all about finding men and shoes and happiness (about in that order), and the four variations on a feminine theme came together all-too-neatly for lunch and chat sessions, Girls is a much more lo-fi, rooted-in-realism affair, and it mines the honesty of its characters in such a way that it produces both robust comedy and genuine, emotionally dramatic moments.” — The Hollywood Reporter Read more…