I don't know if I can remember a show as hyped by the critics as "Girls" on HBO. There was not a single bad word said about it. That pretty much never happens.
So I watched it with a lot of expectations. I didn't want to hate it. As I've mentioned here before, usually when something gets near universal acclaim, it's at least pretty good. I trust you people.
Well, after about a thousand tweets from every TV critic about how I had to see this show, I finally saw it. And...it was all right. I wouldn't say it was good. It wasn't awful. I don't know, I got the feeling that perhaps this was one of those shows that I wasn't smart enough to understand.
But who can understand it?
It seems like it has a very specific audience: Unattractive girls in their '20's in New York. That's it. I'm sure if I was that, I would be losing my mind over this show.
Again, I didn't think it was bad. I'm just a little surprised by the total love fest. Perhaps the universal acclaim from critics came from the fact that Lena Dunham, who is only 20 something years old, wrote and directed this thing. I saw that someone compared the show to Louie, which Louis CK writes and directs (and edits and casts and key grips).
I can see that. But here's the thing: I don't really get Louie that much either. Although I watch every episode (and probably will continue to watch "Girls"), I would call it wildly inconsistent. I usually get one good laugh per episode. And there are other episodes I'd just label "interesting".
It seems like he's getting brownie points for doing everything. There's nothing the critics hate more than a show that has been produced by a bunch of people and a bunch of money was poured into making it good. How dare you try to get everything right and be completely entertaining to a wide audience! It's an excuse for them to hate you.
As with Louie, she did it all by herself! Could you do this all by yourself? I couldn't! Then you have to say it's amazing because they did it completely on their own.
Well, that doesn't help my viewing experience. I don't care how many writers are on it or if Michael Bay directed. I just watch things. For what they are. Not for the back story. While I give her props for obviously being talented as hell, that's not helping me enjoy the show more.
And while "Girls" seems okay, and I hear that it gets better, I don't see the amazingness of it. But again, it's probably just not for me.
Now let's talk about what we're not allowed to talk about:
Lena Dunham's looks.
In none of the reviews was this mentioned. And I think it deserves mentioning, at least for the fact that you don't see people on TV that look like her. Isn't that something that critics love to pat themselves on the back about? Diversity! Real looking Women! Yay us!
It just so happens I watched this show with a certain young lady. And I did not say a word about anything. About 10 minutes in, she turns to me and says:
"I can't watch a whole show with this gross looking girl"
So save your misogynist shit. I didn't say it! A woman did.
Maybe "Girls" is like "Louie". Cause Louis CK is not fun to look at either. Maybe this is becoming a whole new sub genre of complex character comedies - watching ugly people have sex.
I'm all for it, because if there's one thing there's a lot of on TV, it's good looking people having sex. There should at least be an ugly alternative to help get rid of my boner.