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Girls on HBO

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jilter, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

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    I did make it to the end. Other than that you said exactly what I was about to say. No interest to watch another episode of this.
     
  2. Neenahboy

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier TCF Club

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    I loved the pilot, and the second ep even more so. It definitely has the potential to reach "Office" levels of awkwardness. Lena Dunham's fantastic in this.

    I can see the relatability/likability problems that some are having. As a member of that generation, I can say we're not ALL like that, but the fact that so many are is one reason I'm not dating at the moment. And as someone who does still accept money from my parents in my 20s (certainly not out of entitlement), I identified with the first five minutes of the pilot more than I care to admit.
     
  3. leeherman

    leeherman Active Member

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    I recorded the first episode for my girlfriend and watched with her. We didn't make it half way through.

    LH
     
  4. jilter

    jilter Happy to be here.

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    SP cancelled. What a disappointment.
     
  5. billypritchard

    billypritchard Embiggener

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    I thought the second episode was better than the first. We got a bigger view of the group, learned a few things, and I definitely laughed a bit. I'll keep watching.
     
  6. NatasNJ

    NatasNJ Bone marrow lover!

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    I find it interesting look at the Gen behind me. I will echo the words of the clinic doctor, "You couldn't pay me to be 25 again!" :) I will keep watching but think it won't last behind season 2.
     
  7. TiVo'Brien

    TiVo'Brien Multi-year Veteran

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    Enjoyed it in that I learned what it might be to live a girl's life.

    And it didn't hurt that we saw some boobs. ;)
     
  8. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    Watched ep 2. More of the same. Disturbing sex scenes. More insight into these self centered girls. It was predictable that the one English girl was not going to show up to the abortion. Is this supposed to be a comedy? I don't think I came close to laughing at anything. And, outside of the virgin girl, I can't figure out why anyone would want to be friends with any of these people?
     
  9. jilter

    jilter Happy to be here.

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    Put much better than I could have. I just do not find any of these people likeable.
     
  10. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    They aren't supposed to be likable people.
     
  11. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

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    ... because 20-something girls aren't supposed to be likeable people? If it's not a comedy, and the story isn't compelling as a drama, and the characters are unlikeable, then what's the point/appeal of the show? :confused:
     
  12. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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  13. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    Clearly, it's not the show for you. I enjoy it. Not everyone will.
     
  14. billypritchard

    billypritchard Embiggener

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    20-something girls can be likeable. This specific set of girls that this show wants to tell stories about aren't particularly likeable.

    Even with that, I was cringing and felt bad for Hanna when she went one step too far in her interview. Uh, calling the guy a date rapist isn't going to get you a job.

    That scene was very Michael Scott.
     
  15. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

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    I'll ask again. What is the point/appeal of the show? I am interested in your viewpoint as the apparent target market.

    You've acknowledged that the characters are not supposed to be likeable. So you seem to be admitting that you don't like the characters either. Do you enjoy it because it reflects your world and that recognition stimulates the pleasure centre in your brain?

    See, for me, I like "Mad Men" partly because I have sentimental memories of the time period as a little boy. That stimulates my pleasure centre and makes me feel enjoyment, whereas some younger people just find it boring, as they cannot relate to anything in the presentation.

    Since "Girls" is so far away from my life experience, I acknowledge that it is not for me, though the acting and the sets are all believable. But I am still intrigued to learn about what appeals to the younger generation. I have a background in Psychology, so human behaviour is interesting to me.

    I'll politely ask once again: from your viewpoint as a young adult, can you describe what it is about "Girls" (the HBO show, not just the gender) that you enjoy? :)
     
  16. billypritchard

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    Do we have to fit a target demographic to enjoy a show? I am a 37 year-old white male who lives in a midwestern city. I share almost zero in common with the title Girls of this show.

    Why do I enjoy it then? Am I supposed to only watch things about 30-something white dudes in the red states? Sad to say, I won't be watching much tv. Still, I could get closer than this I guess.

    I like to watch/read/experience things that are outside my comfort zone, or that aren't part of my daily life. I enjoy seeing things that are different. My life was zero like Jerry Seinfeld's. It is (thank god) zero like Game of Thrones. But I enjoy those things immensely.

    Even if I can't identify with their exact lives, I can identify with being 24 years old and somewhat lost. With not having a career path or feeling like a loser. With wanting sex but not exactly having good sex all the time. I don't get why these things are alien.
     
  17. NatasNJ

    NatasNJ Bone marrow lover!

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    I think the writing of Girls is quirky and funny. Interesting to see awkward situations play out which are never seen/shown on other shows. We are dealing with STD's, Abortions, sex all which MOST shows dance around or ignore totally. So I welcome the topics being talked about and welcome the witty banter the characters seem to have. Interesting to see the girls perspective of being USED in a different way then other shows.
     
  18. Johnny Dancing

    Johnny Dancing Closet Rebel

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    :up:

    My 20's were spent in a constant search for girls, and more girls, and juggling 2 - 3 girlfriends and the same time (weekends were crazy). Girls were my number one hobby. Now married 20 years with kids as I fell for one of the "Girls" who reformed me.

    However, I still look back at those days with nostalgia. Hey, it's my Madmen!
     
  19. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    That's kind of how I look at this. But just because the characters are unlikable doesn't mean I can't get into the story. Most of the characters of a show like the Sopranos or Game of Thrones are horrible people. That doesn't mean they aren't compelling. To me, these characters are just not compelling. I couldn't give a hoot what happens to any of them. Even the gratuitous nudity and sex (which I suppose one could use as an excuse to watch this show) is pretty gross. And for a comedy, it is really unfunny. To me, this just seems like a show some young HBO exec thought might be raunchy and "out there" enough to make a go of it. Or maybe anything with Judd Apatow's name attached to it, gets a green light these days.
     
  20. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I think I have a good sense of humor. What exactly did you find funny?
     

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