When GIRLS first arrived on my screen I fell in love and let me tell you this, I fell pretty fucking hard.
I described the show as “Sex & The City; but real.” That description was wrong. So wrong. It was more than four best friends in the city that never sleeps, talking about sex over a few cocktails. Actually. Did they ever drink cocktails together? Maybe just a few times.
This was a show about four young women who seemed to have nothing in common, yet called each other friends. It was very rare that you seen the GIRLS look out for each other because they were so caught up in their own lives.
In Season 1, Hannah believes that she is the “voice of her generation” – or at least that’s what she tells her parents over a fancy dinner just as they cut her off financially from them. This was a desperate attempt to get them to keep paying for her lifestyle. Although that statement could be viewed as slightly narcissistic, this is quite a good point she is making. I know that this show spoke to me on a personal level throughout all of the Seasons.
This show was not scared of anything. Here is just a wee list of some of the things that these GIRLS were not scared of talking about:
SEX – Real sex. Not like in the movies. We are talking about: the awkward kind of sex; the boring kind of sex; the kind of sex where you are left slightly worried that it could be slightly inappropriate – referring to the scene where Adam is roleplaying with Hannah about finding her in the street and sending her back to her dad covered in… well, you can guess.
ABORTIONS – When Shosh shows up with a bag of candy from Dylan’s Candy Bar to Jessa’s clinic appointment, I nearly died of embarrassment for the poor girl. But she did have her reasons, even though they were wrong.
LOVE – If anything, GIRLS have taught me that no matter what you think “love” looks like, it can be totally different to others. All of the GIRLS go through relationships that the viewers deemed “wrong” but how can we tell someone that?
FRIENDSHIP – In the Final series of GIRLS when Shosh throws a party, she has a very real conversation with the GIRLS in the bathroom. If you notice, this is the one place that the GIRLS tend to discuss serious issues. So it was the perfect setting for Shosh’s speech. “I think we should all just agree to call it…” Through all 6 series of GIRLS, I questioned their friendship. Why would these GIRLS actually be friends with each other because they treat each other like shit? When they do seem to care for each other, it tends to be because they will get something out of it. So when Shosh stood there and laid all the cards out for them, I was like “FINALLY!” But at the same time, I was so sad.
Saying goodbye has been hard, but I will always have the box set to visit my favourite New York amateurs.
Did you love Girls? Do you miss them?