Girls, Season 1

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Our You Gotta Check This Out Pick of the Week is Girls, Season 1.

This show and its young writer/producer/star Lena Dunham swept award season, and for good reason.

Lena Dunham, creator and star of "Girls."

Lena Dunham, creator and star of “Girls.”

“Girls” paints a fresh, honest picture of life as an average 20-something female in New York City.  Contrary to popular television depictions, it’s not all Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blaniks.

There are problems.  A lot of them.  Most are distinctly first-world problems, dealing with things like boys, roommates, career struggles, and awkward social situations.  Dunham seems to think that laughter is the best medicine for these types of problems, and she sheds a brutally honest light on them, with a “you’ll never survive if you can’t laugh at yourself” mentality.

The reason why this succeeds is because Dunham makes her character supremely relatable.  We laugh embarrassedly at the girls’ foibles, because we have been in their shoes.  And to reiterate, these particular shoes are Chuck Taylors with Sharpie doodles on the side. 

This show may not be as well-liked by those outside of its target demographic. But for women who have recently gone through the struggle of trying to cut ties from Mom & Dad and find their place in the world, the show is a must-see.

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