Lena Dunham and the Girls

Girls are coming back with the sixth and final season on February 12. While we patiently wait to finally discover if they’ll get their lives together, let’s look back at the phenomenon of the show and Lena Dunham, the girl behind the Girls.

Love it or hate it, but TV show Girls is on everyone’s radar. It caused a lot of conversations to be started, raised some eyebrows and brought the most human-like characters to TV screens. And while everyone jumped on a train of comparing it to Sex and the City, these two shows have barely anything in common. Both have four female characters that live in New York City and that’s about it. While Carry and her group were a bit more mature and had most of their things in order (at least to some extent), Hannah and her group just can’t seem to get their shit together. And just when you think things can’t get any worse, usually they do.

Girls showed us a strong group of friends facing hard times, trying to figure out what is it that they want in life while making some bad choices. It also showed Hannah fighting with her mental issues that are close to Lena Dunham’s real life experiences. What made the show stand out is that it digs deep into the existential moment of your twenties when you’re figuring out who you are and what you want, and you inevitable make some mistakes along the way. And no matter how smart the characters are sometimes their stupid choices would make us laugh, cry or (I’ll admit it) even judge. But hey, those are all human emotions and it’s nice to have such strong female characters that are very raw and complex and not just pretty and sexy or any other stereotypical thing that women on screen is supposed to be.

And while I have the love and hate relationship with Girls (I have my fave moments and some that are not that dear to me) I am still super happy that they walked into our lives and made the kind of impact they did on the modern culture. I am really excited to see what the new season will bring and how their journey is going to end. I am even more excited to see how the show will inspire other creators and if we’ll see the shift (that I feel is already happening) in what is brought to our screens in terms of range. Bring on diversity in every possible way. Show something more raw and real. Disregard perfect and embrace human. It seems we are all thirsty for it.

Ivona Josipovic

Ivona Josipovic is a co-founder of The Smoke Detector, writer, fashion stylist, social media manager, curious creature, chocolate lover.


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