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Old 04-17-2012, 07:40 AM   #1
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Girls on HBO

Finally...a show I believe I can watch.
Pilot was good, waiting to see.
Not a lot of pub...anyone else watch?

eta: Maureen Ryan liked it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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Finally...a show I believe I can watch.
Pilot was good, waiting to see.
Not a lot of pub...anyone else watch?

eta: Maureen Ryan liked it.
It's on my TiVo, and I have a season pass. Not sure how excited I am about it. The preview after GoT made me laugh so I added it on a whim.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:12 AM   #3
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Watched it last night. I give it a thumbs up. It's not riotously funny (at least in the first episode), but I was sufficiently amused.

Yes, these girls are a bit insufferable at times. But I still enjoyed their interplay.

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Old 04-17-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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I'll give it a few more episodes but it didn't blow me away. It reminded me a bit of How to Make it in America (HBO) and I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV). 20-somethings struggling to make it in Manhattan.

Veep looks much more interesting.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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I really liked it, the writing is sharp and witty with just the right tone. I really like TV shows or movies that are like a snapshot in time of characters. It really put a lot of insight into the the current generation. I was the generation right before the one this show is capturing and I could not imagine taking money from my parents into my 20's.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:50 AM   #6
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I'll give it a few more episodes but it didn't blow me away. It reminded me a bit of How to Make it in America (HBO) and I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV). 20-somethings struggling to make it in Manhattan.

Veep looks much more interesting.
I agree. I guess I am just so anxious for some good shows to be addicted to on HBO. I miss CYE (for now) and SITC!
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:48 AM   #7
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I barely made it through the episode without turning it off. A show filled with nothing but unlikable, boring, self-absorbed people. I doubt I'll watch another episode.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:40 PM   #8
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I barely made it through the episode without turning it off. A show filled with nothing but unlikable, boring, self-absorbed people. I doubt I'll watch another episode.
So was Seinfeld. Guess that means this show will be a hit too!



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Old 04-17-2012, 01:14 PM   #9
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So was Seinfeld.
No, Seinfeld characters were anything but boring. And the characters were more likable than "Girls" characters.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:35 PM   #10
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No, Seinfeld characters were anything but boring. And the characters were more likable than "Girls" characters.
You must be fun at parties.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:50 PM   #11
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You must be fun at parties.
...Really?
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:15 PM   #12
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...Really?
It was tongue-in-cheek.
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It reminded me of Wilt Stillman, a good thing. I was pleasantly surprised.
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You must not be going to the right parties.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #15
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I have no problem with someone saying they found the show boring and the girls unlikable. They aren't very likable.

I do however find their behavior oddly realistic and believable, and want to see more of their lives. It's nice to see a show where everyone isn't super-gorgeous, where people have stupid tattoos, where people are irresponsible and selfish and then people call them on it. Sounds pretty right on.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:20 PM   #16
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Do today's young adults actually walk in on each other in the bathroom and nobody reacts like anything is odd?

Is sex among unattractive young adults (they are no longer "kids" when they are over 21) actually so available and casual? No nervousness or insecurities/hangups ... really?
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:42 PM   #17
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Finally...a show I believe I can watch.
Pilot was good, waiting to see.
Not a lot of pub...anyone else watch?

eta: Maureen Ryan liked it.
Sepinwall and avclub also liked it a lot. As did I.

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:52 PM   #18
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Didn't like it. I could relate to the characters' situations, but not to the characters.

And the characters are supremely irritating to watch. I almost deleted the show 10 minutes in, but stuck through the whole thing. Then deleted the SP.

Can't believe I agree with John4200.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:49 AM   #19
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I didn't like it all that much but I see a ton of potential so I'm giving it a chance to grow.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:15 AM   #20
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I didn't like it all that much but I see a ton of potential so I'm giving it a chance to grow.
I didn't like it either, but it COULD develop into something so I'm in for a few weeks.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:03 AM   #21
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Interesting reviews. The episode is still waiting for me so I hope to get to it today. I'm like some of you in that if I see an inkling of potential I'll hang for a while anyway.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:25 AM   #22
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I didn't like the characters. And if that's supposed to be a representation of what has become of our 20 somethings, then we are all in trouble. (and having 2 20 somethings, it's not so far off unfortunately). They are entitled d-bags with no self respect, no respect for anyone else for that matter.

But, it's a train wreck and mildly interesting, and I also kind of like that these are "normal" looking girls, not super models/actresses. Still, not sure if the show is supposed to speak to my demo. With so much stuff recorded every week, I'll probably pass on this one.

I should add, that might have been the most uncomfortable consensual sex scene I've ever seen in my life. I couldn't wait for it to end.
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I should add, that might have been the most uncomfortable consensual sex scene I've ever seen in my life. I couldn't wait for it to end.
That really was awful. She couldn't even get him to give her a straight answer about whether he was wearing a condom.
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Is sex among unattractive young adults (they are no longer "kids" when they are over 21) actually so available and casual? No nervousness or insecurities/hangups ... really?
really ? only "attractive" people get to have casual sex in your world ? I think you've been watching too many movies.
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I should add, that might have been the most uncomfortable consensual sex scene I've ever seen in my life. I couldn't wait for it to end.
then the scene accomplished its objective
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Do today's young adults actually walk in on each other in the bathroom and nobody reacts like anything is odd?

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really ? only "attractive" people get to have casual sex in your world ? I think you've been watching too many movies.
I thought there was plenty of nervousness and insecurities in that hook-up scene.

Plus, why should the general attractiveness of someone effect their sexual nature? Very weird viewpoint.
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Do today's young adults actually walk in on each other in the bathroom and nobody reacts like anything is odd?

Is sex among unattractive young adults (they are no longer "kids" when they are over 21) actually so available and casual? No nervousness or insecurities/hangups ... really?
really ? only "attractive" people get to have casual sex in your world ? I think you've been watching too many movies.
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I thought there was plenty of nervousness and insecurities in that hook-up scene.

Plus, why should the general attractiveness of someone effect their sexual nature? Very weird viewpoint.
Ugh! Okay, so now I have to over-explain what I already asked before you twisted your interpretation into a "weird viewpoint" about only "attractive people" having casual sex.

The issue I was addressing was the concept of entitled young people who are raised with so much exposure to superficiality and manufactured beauty all over the media, that if their specific body type and clothing doesn't reflect the media's image of "beauty", I would have thought that they would experience a LOT more anxiety about getting undressed and participating in casual sex.

Why is that a "weird viewpoint"? It was a question.

Don't worry about my question. I am clearly not the demographic this show is aiming at.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:20 PM   #29
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I enjoyed it well enough, I get why this show is going to be polarizing. I'm usually drawn to protagonists that you're not supposed to like, so I'll keep watching.

On Sepinwall's podcast, Dan Fienberg put it well. They're basically on a fine line of being annoying enough to not want to watch it, but the show didn't show didn't cross that line yet, but he reserves the right to be annoyed by it later.

I feel the same.
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The issue I was addressing was the concept of entitled young people who are raised with so much exposure to superficiality and manufactured beauty all over the media, that if their specific body type and clothing doesn't reflect the media's image of "beauty", I would have thought that they would experience a LOT more anxiety about getting undressed and participating in casual sex.
If anything, I think Gen Z (or whatever) is more sexually active because of the media.
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