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Published at: Dec. 12, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

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New This Week

 

A funny new sitcom from 25-year-old screenwriter-director-actress Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furnture”) and producer Judd Apatow (“Bridesmaids”), “Girls” follows twentysomethings trying to ride out The Great Recession in Brooklyn.

Dunham’s co-stars include Jemima Kirke (“Tiny Furniture”) and famous offspring Allison Williams (daughter of newscaster Brian) and Zosia Mamet (daughter of writer-director David). Becky Ann Baker (“Freaks and Geeks”) and Peter Scolari (“Bosom Buddies”) play the Dunham character’s parents.

Apatow doesn’t direct or write the show, but it does feel a lot like “Freaks and Geeks” in that it seems to squeeze a lot of strong comedy out of real-world incident.

And the real here is super-real, thanks to HBO. These girlfriends are so close they take shits in front of each other and even bathe together. There’s also a lot of nudity and pervy sex games and doggy-style fornication.

The pilot also features a hilariously passive-aggressive battle between Dunham’s character, Hannah, and Hannah’s mom, who is determined to cut off Hannah’s financial support now that Hannah is 24 and a college graduate. Hannah doesn’t want to work at McDonalds. Mom, it turns out, is determined to buy a lake house.

If tonight’s pilot doesn’t fry your burger, I encourage you to stick with it. The series gets better as it progresses. Look at all these glowing reviews:

HuffPost TV says:

... It's certainly been a long time since I was this beguiled by a set a characters, but "Girls" is one of those rare birds: It's a show that comes to us with its voice, characters and ideas fully formed. …

HitFix says:

... it may, in fact, be the best new HBO comedy since "Curb Your Enthusiasm" … As I'm neither a woman nor in my early 20s anymore, I can't speak to how well "Girls" captures that generation of women. But I can tell you that it definitely has a voice, and it's a great one: witty and wise and warm and not exactly like anything you've heard before.

Time says:

... I can only say: Girls is actually that good. … A handful of you may know Dunham for her 2010 movie Tiny Furniture; Girls captures some of its elliptical indie sensibility, but in a way that’s more structured, with more story and stakes, and–not to overstate the role of co-producer Judd Apatow, because this is mainly Dunham’s creation–but it is in a way reminiscent of the naturalistic, character-based comedy-with-heart of Freaks and Geeks. (With HBO sex and language and a much more urban setting, of course.) …

The New York Times says:

... worth all the fuss … Ms. Dunham, who made her reputation with an independent, highly autobiographical movie, “Tiny Furniture,” makes great comedy out of her own shortcomings. …

The Los Angeles Times says:

... There is a cool cleverness to the show that is both attractive and off-putting; the characters are flawed and hyper-aware of their flaws, the stories so bent on covering every angle of self-examination that there is no real role for the viewer to play. Which makes watching it an intellectual rather than emotional experience. It is easy to laud the courage and talent behind the piece, to watch with great interest where the show will go, how it will push the artistic boundaries of television. It's more difficult to care about the characters themselves. Obliviously insular in that small space behind the glass, they are essentially incapable of real connection. Which is, after all, Dunham's point. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

… Lena Dunham just may be the future of television. If not, she comes thrillingly close with Sunday's premiere of her groundbreaking sitcom … "Girls" represents an exciting moment in television history because, like a handful of other shows (MTV's "Awkward," most notably) it not only makes great use of the medium but has the creative guts to realign it for a new century and a new generation. …

The Washington Post says:

... Dunham has created a superior work of fictionalized anthropology. …

The Denver Post says:

... This time it's not penned by patnernalistic male writers — or gay male writers a la "Sex and the City," with a skewed view of the subject. It's created, written by and starring a self-aware and self-deprecatingly funny young woman who lets us in on the process of mining her mistakes. ...

USA Today says:

As funny and creative as her show may be, there's little doubt Girls (**** out of four) will be too explicit, too New York-specific, and too young-and-female-centric to appeal to everyone. But talent will out — and as creator, director and star of this new HBO sitcom, Dunham is clearly a talent to be reckoned with ...

TV Guide says:

… Welcome, girls. Or more precisely, young women, a breed of defiant bohemian twentysomethings who populate Lena Dunham's brilliantly raw and raunchy Girls, a true breakthrough series ...

Variety says:

… if "Tiny Furniture" filmmaker Lena Dunham's series is in places too mannered, it's also fresh, honest and raw. And if she's not the voice of her generation, as her character tells the folks, she's certainly a voice -- one worth hearing, and right at home on HBO. …

The Hollywood Reporter says:

Few series come out of the box as brilliant as Girls does. The new HBO series from Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) is one of the most original, spot-on, no-missed-steps series in recent memory. … Like Louie, Girls is shot through with the unmistakable DNA of its creator and it’s impossible to overstate the brilliance of the artistic vision at hand here. …

 

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Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live

 


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Mission Impossible: All Nine Seasons

 


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UltraSeven: The Complete Series

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The Life and Times Of Tim 3.x
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Shameless 2.x
Shameless 2.x (Blu-ray)
Wyatt Earp: Three Episodes

December 25
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December 31
Justified 3.x

 


Justified 3.x (Blu-ray)

January 1
Being Human 4.x
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Charlie's Angels 5.x <--- NEW!!
Dead By Sunset: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
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Trial & Retribution Set 6

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Anger Management 1.x
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Archer 3.x

 


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Buck Rogers 2.x
Dallas (TNT) 1.x
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Darth Maul Returns
Dinotopia & Journey to the Center of the Earth

 


Doctor Who: Shada
Enlightened 1.x

 


Enlightened 1.x (Blu-ray)
Episodes 1.x/2.x
Fury: The Lost Episodes

 


The Goode Family: The Complete Series
Hearts Afire: The Complete Series
The Hour 2.x
The Hour 2.x (Blu-ray)
An Idiot Abroad 2.x
Naked City: 40 Best
Red Dwarf 10.x

 


Red Dwarf 10.x (Blu-ray)
Smash 1.x
3rd Rock From The Sun 5.x ($9.98)
3rd Rock From The Sun 6.x ($9.98)
Tiny Toon Adventures Vol. 3
VR Troopers 1.x Vol. 2

January 15
Amazing World of Gumball: The Mystery
Jackson Five: The Complete Series

 


Jackson Five: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1997
Life's Too Short 1.x
The Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures
Men Of A Certain Age 2.x
Men Of A Certain Age 2.x (Blu-ray)
Merlin 4.x
Merlin 4.x (Blu-ray)
Perry Mason 8.x Vol. 2
Power Rangers Samurai 1.x Vol. 3
Power Rangers Super Samurai 2.x Vol. 3
Spongebob Squarepants: Extreme Kah-Rah-Tay
Twenty Twelve: The Complete Series
VR Troopers 1.x Vol. 2
Waking The Dead 7.x

January 22
Iron Man Armored Adventures 2.x Vol. 3
Kendra 4.x
The Men Who Built America: The Complete Miniseries
The Men Who Built America: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
The Scarecrow and Mrs. King 4.x

 


Young Justice 2.x Vol. 1

January 29
Downton Abbey 3.x

 


Downton Abbey 3.x (Blu-ray)
Femme Fatales 1.x
Misfits 2.x
Pan Am: The Complete Series

February 5
Animaniacs Vol. 4

 


Avenging Spider-Man
Ben 10: Omniverse - A New Beginning Vol. 1
Gunsmoke 7.x Vol. 2
Gunsmoke: 7-Season Pack
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Vol. 3
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Vol. 4
Southland 2.x/3.x/4.x
The Virginian 7.x

February 12
Big Bad Beetleborgs 1.x Vol. 2
Bonanza 5.x

 


Doctor Who: Reign of Terror
Family Matters 3.x
Gossip Girl 6.x
Gossip Girl: The Complete Series
The Hardy Boys 3.x
Loretta Young: 100th Birthday Edition - Best Of
Matlock 8.x
Nurse Jackie 4.x
Nurse Jackie 4.x (Blu-ray)
SlugTerra: Return Of The Shane Gang
Storage Wars Vol. 4
Weeds 8.x

 


Weeds 8.x (Blu-ray)

February 19
Adventure Time Vol. 4
Alvin & The Chipmunks: Easter Collection <--- NEW!!

 


Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol. 6
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

 


Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (Blu-ray)
Duck Dodgers 1.x
Game of Thrones 2.x

 


Game of Thrones 2.x (Blu-ray)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 2.x
Naked City: 20 Episodes

 


The Six Million Dollar Man 3.x
Swamp People 3.x
Top Gear 2.x

February 26
First Performances: Streisand <--- NEW!!
Law & Order 12.x
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2.x Vol. 1

 


Rocko's Modern Life: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
West Point

March 5
Dalziel & Pascoe 7.x

 


Rescue Bots: Energize <--- NEW!!
Tom & Jerry: Pint Sized Pals

March 12

 


Law & Order: Criminal Intent 10.x <--- NEW!!
Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp 2.x
Ripper Street
Ripper Street (Blu-ray)

March 19
Quincy, M.E. 5.x <--- NEW!!

March 26
Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together - Collector's Edition <--- NEW!!

 


Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXVI <--- NEW!!
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!

 


Veep 1.x <--- NEW!!

 


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April 23
The Restless Gun: The Complete Series

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