The days of Carrie Bradshaw may long be over, minus the occasional reruns on Lifetime, but the effects of Sex & the City are still lingering among groups of girlfriends everywhere. After all, who didn’t go around claiming whether they were a Charlotte with a hint of Miranda and so forth. So when the show was cancelled and the movies proved underwhelming, the women of America were left watching reruns and reminiscing over a show that seemed to speak to their own real life experiences. Fortunately for us, writer Lena Dunham has managed to once again capture the hearts of young women everywhere who once looked up to the Carries and Samanthas. This time it’s a little more risque and a lot less sugar coated.
Dunham’s Girls revolves around four girlfriends in their twenties trying to get by while living in the big city. Sex & the City always seemed to glorify New York but here we see how hard NYC can be on a young girl whether it comes to finding love or just a steady job. You become especially enamored with the charms of one of the leading characters, Hannah, played by Dunham herself .
Now I must warn you before you take a gander at this show that it might just make you a bit uncomfortable at times. In fact a lot of times. But don’t let that hinder you from continuing, because soon enough you will see why this series is so entertainingly brilliant. Dunham is raw, and witty, and awkward and everything a young woman should be when juggling life’s problems at 25. We see the ups and downs of these girls’ relationships along with all the incredibly uncomfortable realities of sex and love. The reason we find this show so disconcerting at times, may just be because it so closely resembles our own lives, therefore being uncomfortably realistic at moments. After all, the show’s tagline is “ Living the dream. One mistake at a time.” Pretty much sums it up, huh?
Perhaps it has been precisely this witty brilliance that has captured the attention of acclaimed director and producer Judd Apatow to help produce the series for HBO. Apatow, who’s directed movies like 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, first spotted Lena’s work at the South by Southwest festival where she won Best Narrative Feature and Best First Screenplay for her film Tiny Furniture(2010). The match seemed natural with Apatow’s comedic skill and Dunham’s witty humor.
So after watching the show, it got me wondering about Dunham herself. Where does this awkward but enthralling humor come from. And after seeing a few of her interviews, I completely adore all of her natural yet lovable awkwardness. Check her out below!
The show stars Lena Dunham, Allison Williams(NBC’s Brian Williams daughter), Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Adam Driver. Check it out on HBO, Sundays at 10:30pm.