Critics Love Lena Dunham & ‘Girls’

The ladies of 'Girls'. Photo Credit: HBO

The reviews are in for Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls, and the critics seem to love it. Like really, really love it. Like, more than Mad Men and Breaking Bad love it. Take a look at a few of the reviews below and be sure to tune in to HBO Sunday at 10:30 pm for the premiere episode. Girls is clearly the new Wire, minus the whole crime and murder and Baltimore thing.

“Lena Dunham just may be the future of television. If not, she comes thrillingly close with Sunday’s premiere of her groundbreaking sitcom “Girls” on HBO. Dunham is the impossibly young (26 next month) creator, writer, director and star of the Judd Apatow-produced series which is unlike anything else on TV and suggests what young, female voices can contribute to the future of the medium. And, no, you don’t have to be young or female to love it.” – SF Chronicle

“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. For her part, Dunham, who writes, directs, stars in, created and executive produces the series, is a talent as unique and refreshing to the medium as Louis C.K. – high praise indeed, as FX’s Louie is one of the most critically acclaimed series on television.” – Hollywood Reporter

“If what creator Lena Dunham is doing with this terrific new series appeals to you, you might have halfway fallen for Hannah by the end of the third episode. 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.” – Huff Po

“Lena Dunham’s astonishingly frank, semi-autobiographical HBO comedy about 20-something sex and STDs in the new millennium is an intentionally mortifying snapshot of modern life. It is also an unflattering portrait of our memoirist culture, where every moment, every move is documented in digital bursts. “Girls” nails a generation pondering big thoughts and little disappointments, yet unable to break from parents and pursue adult life.” – Denver Post

“Dunham’s Hannah, the series’ POV, is wise but clueless, whimsical but neurotic, innocent but experienced. She’s a bundle of exposed nerve endings that feel the manifest absurdities of her life but that don’t quite know how to make sense of them either. Hannah and the show are all about internal conflict and so is the humor, while sex — and fair warning, it’s pretty graphic here, which may be the handiwork of Apatow — is the metaphor for all that conflict. It’s grotesque, malignant, unpleasurable and a particularly devious torture chamber, at least for the women, who still submit to it. As with “Furniture,” the men are chronic dolts, wimps, hound dogs, hipsters, poseurs and especially comic props. But Dunham, something of an equal-opportunity humorist, isn’t all that much kinder to her female characters — or to herself.” – Newsday

Let us just pray it lives up to all this hype.