Girls HBO


Filipina Wanderer, Just watch the first two episodes of GIRLS from HBO. I presumed its not yet airing in the Philippines, since I have watch it online. Its a dark comedy which a girl like me can relate. I agree with Dunham saying that this is the missing part of womanhood. We all strive for our identity but in reality we can be Hanna, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna all together.

Created by and starring Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.  The cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Adam Driver and Zosia Mamet.  Episodes were shot in New York. The ten-episode season debuts in 2012.

According to Dunham, Girls reflects a part of the population not portrayed in the 1998 HBO series Sex and the City. “Gossip Girl was teens duking it out on the Upper East Side and Sex and the City was women who figured out work and friends and now want to nail family life. There was this whole in between space that hadn’t really been addressed,” she said. The pilot intentionally references Sex and the City as producers wanted to make it clear that the driving force behind Girls is that the characters were inspired by the former HBO series and moved to New York to pursue their dreams.Dunham herself says she “revere[s] that show just as much as any girl of my generation.

Here are some gather information all over the web.

The Characters:

Hannah Horvath believes she has the talent to be a great writer. You know, once she actually writes something.  In the meantime, she’s trying to hold down a paying job now that her parents have cut her off financially and she’s without a safety net for the first time. Further complicating things is her unrequited passion for her pseudo-boyfriend Adam (boyfriend is the polite term for it) but she’s not sure she’s ready for something grown-up anyway.

Marnie Michaels is Hannah’s roommate and best friend. Highly responsible and very put-together, she has a very adult job at a very adult art gallery and a serious, long-term boyfriend — neither of which she can admit she might not love (or even like).

Jessa Johansson is beautiful, British, an occasional nanny who has travelled to as many different countries as she’s had boyfriends. Back in New York for the first time in years, she moves in with her cousin Shoshanna, ready to shake up her friends’ lives a little bit.

Shoshanna Shapiro is Jessa’s younger, bubblier American cousin.  A virgin with Sex and the City dreams and Brooklyn nightmares, her friends tend to dismiss her as a suburban innocent, but she consistently proves to be a surprising source of wisdom.

Adam Sackler is the guy Hannah sleeps with sometimes — when he decides to answer her texts. He’s an actor-writer-woodworker (triple threat!) with a small subsidy from his grandmother and a love of dirty talk and even dirtier sex. There might be more to him than meets the eye, but it’s going to take Hannah some time to figure it out. Meanwhile, she will continue to show up on his doorstep dressed as a sex witch.

EPISODES:

Pilot
http://www.hbo.com/bin/hboPlayerV2.swf?vid=1248916

Hannah, an aspiring writer, is stunned when her parents announce on a visit to New York that they are cutting her off financially.  They’ve been supporting her for the two years since she graduated from liberal arts college, and she needs one “final push” in order to realize her full potential as a writer.

Meanwhile, Hannah’s roommate and best friend Marnie seemingly has it all together, with a very adult job at an art gallery and a long-term boyfriend. But she’s beginning to question whether Charlie, who appears to be the perfect guy, is actually perfect for her.  She’s also worried about being able to pay the rent now that Hannah’s been cut off, and urges Hannah to demand that her internship at the literary magazine be turned into a paying job.

When Hannah approaches her boss with her request, she’s let go rather than given what she wants.  She seeks solace from Adam, the triple threat actor-writer-woodworker with whom she sleeps – at least when he decides to answer her texts.  She apparently takes comfort in his dirty talk and critical comments about her body, because she ends up staying way too late and misses the start of the dinner party she and Marnie are throwing to welcome their friend Jessa back to town.

Jessa, their free-spirited, beautiful, British friend, is just returning from her latest travels abroad (nannying in France, shucking pearls in Bali) and moving in with her younger cousin Shoshanna, a naïve NYU student with ‘Sex and the City’ dreams. Hannah and Marnie are throwing Jessa a welcome home dinner, though with Hannah off in Adam-land and Jessa late to her own party, Marnie is stuck entertaining only Charlie, his friend Ray and the girl he met that morning who’s not really into eating this week.

When Hannah finally makes it home, she drinks some of the opium tea that Ray brews up (it’s legal, like flowers) and decides to confront her parents before they return to Michigan. Jessa advises her that she just needs to explain once and for all that she is an artist, while Marnie reasons that she simply needs to ask them for a little more support until she finds a job. As Hannah, who has declared that she just may be the voice of her generation, is forcing her parents to read the pages of her memoir at the foot of their hotel bed, the opium tea kicks in. She ends up half-passed out on the floor as her parents argue over their decision to cut her off.

Back at the dinner party, Marnie and Jessa disagree about how to deal with Hannah. Jessa finds Marnie uptight and mothering, while Marnie finds Jessa too carefree, even careless – at which point Jessa reveals that she is pregnant, and probably not on purpose.

Ep 2. Vagina Panic
http://www.hbo.com/bin/hboPlayerV2.swf?vid=1248931

Written and directed by: Lena Dunham

Hannah and Adam engage in some awkward role-play during sex, but what really worries her is learning the next morning that Adam doesn’t usually use condoms.  Her lifelong fear of HIV prompts her to do a little Googling and ultimately get an STD test.

Meanwhile, it’s becoming clear to Marnie that the root of her boredom with Charlie is that he’s simply too nice to her, which Hannah has a hard time accepting.

Over some frozen yogurt, Shoshanna tries to interest Jessa and Hannah in the book ‘Listen Ladies.’ It proffers some rules on sex and dating that adventurous Jessa is not interested in hearing, particularly in the hours leading up to her abortion.

Hannah goes to a promising job interview that turns ugly when she makes an inappropriate joke about her potential employer, and Jessa drowns her uneasiness about her pending abortion in a local bar.  When a cute, unsuspecting hipster wanders in looking to use the phone, Jessa finds the perfect distraction. They wind up fooling around in the bar bathroom, where they discover to their mutual surprise that she is not pregnant after all.

Meanwhile, Marnie, Shoshanna and Hannah wait at the OBGYN for Jessa, who is now very late for her appointment. Hannah undergoes an STD exam and wonders out loud to the doctor whether she might actually want AIDS, since then everyone would finally stop asking if she’d found a job. Out in the waiting room, still waiting for Jessa, Shoshanna reveals to Marnie that she’s a virgin.

You may want to view their website, http://www.hbo.com/girls/index.html

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