Critics Still Really, Really Love ‘Girls’

Hey girls.

Girls is back for season two this Sunday, and judging from the reviews that have been released so far, it is very clear that Lena Dunham has managed to doge the notorious sophomore slump. Way to go Lena!

See how much the critics are loving the new season below.

“So many series that aspire to greatness are like all of those bands in the history of music who have exactly one great album in them, and it’s a slow slide to mediocrity after that. Happily, there are no such worries for Girls, which kicks off its second season even more assured of itself, able to deftly work strands of hard-earned drama into the free-flowing comedic moments of four postcollege girls trying to find their way in life.” – THR

“HBO sent out the first four episodes for review, and as a sophomore, Girls seems more sure-footed and self-aware than before. You can actually witness Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna grow and regress at the same time — a neat trick if you can pull it off, and they do. All this doesn’t mean the haters — you know who you are and why you hate — still will find plenty to despise here. But Girls happily embraces detractors, because self-loathing is what this show is often about — a precious, precocious corner of Brooklyn coated in narcissism and self-delusion.” – Newsday

“As star, executive producer, writer, and sometimes director, Dunham has complete control over Hannah, which is probably why she has been able to resist succumbing to mainstream types and warm-and-fuzzy resolutions about her generation. The national TV audience would probably prefer Hannah to lose weight, be less insecure, and be more likable. And it hasn’t hurt Dunham that her producing partner is Judd Apatow, a Hollywood force who has defined his own unconventional style in a similar way. Also advantageous: HBO, which is famous for its creative freedom. Dunham is going at TV like an independent filmmaker — what Louis C.K. does on his similarly New York-set “Louie,” except that her characters are still decades away from middle-age angst and their lives are paced far more quickly.” – Boston Globe

Girls zeroes in on a wafer-thin slice of the twentysomething demographic with such exactness that the show feels analytical, sometimes chilly. That’s not a complaint, just an observation. I like Girls’s brand of tough love. It lets you simultaneously laugh at and with the characters, and feel justified for laughing, then ashamed, and then the pendulum swings back again; this is a much messier and more fascinating set of reactions than what sitcoms typically evoke: Oh, what a bunch of lovable eccentrics. I hope they find happiness someday! Even when its characters are breaking down in tears, contemplating their loneliness, and beating themselves up for their mistakes, I often feel as if I’m in the hipster house at the people zoo. Do not feed the younglings, the sign reads. It will only make them want to move in with you.” – NY Mag

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