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Review: Ambition Fractures Friendship In 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2012 11:00 PM
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There has already been much to admire about Lena Dunham's "Girls," one of the most sastisfying and purely entertaining new shows on television. Sharp, funny writing, a knowing ability to find true character moments even in life's most awkward or humiliating circumstances and an honest, obversational style has made the program one with a surprising amount of heart and depth. This has all contributed to a show that isn't just an amusing trifle, but one with a broader scope than the other female driven programs on TV ("The New Girl," "2 Broke Girls," "Veep") just don't have. But if you need even more evidence of just how well-conceived "Girls" really is, tonight's episode truly raises the bar. "Leave Me Alone" takes two seemingly minor and throwaway plot strands from earlier in the season and expands them into integral storylines that once again finds "Girls" moving in unexpected directions.

Review: The 'Girls' Navigate Boyfriends, Threesomes & Art In Another Standout Episode

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 11:00 PM
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The season isn't even finished yet and we're already seeing best friends Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Alison Williams) swap places in the boyfriend department. During the last episode out at a wild party in Bushwick, Marnie was forced to come to terms that not only is her split with Charlie very, very real, he's moved on with a new girl, Audrey. As for Hannah, after a heated confrontation with Adam ("Do you want me to be your fucking boyfriend?") they've finally sorted out just where their relationship stands and when "Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too" opens, the pair have very comfortably settled into coupledom. With used Magnum condom packages strewn on the floor, and open jar of Cinammon Raisin Swirl peanut butter between them, Hannah and Adam lie in bed, watching his childhood home movies.

Review: 'Girls' Encounter Crack & Boyfriend Troubles At The Best Party Ever In Bushwick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2012 11:00 PM
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"It's like 'Waterworld' in there," Hannah notes before she, Marnie and Jessa enter what may possibly be the best party ever in Bushwick. Taking place inside a giant warehouse, it's very much a TV Show Party -- you'd never see anything like this in real life -- the kind of thing that has a band playing, DJs, a room full of lesbians dancing and crusty punks all hanging out together. But despite the trappings which threaten to pull this episode of "Girls" into the wacky territory it has gone into here and there throughout the otherwise stellar first season, Lena Dunham and her co-horts keep things on an even keel.

'Breaking Bad' To Return To AMC July 15th, Donald Glover Will Appear In Season Two Of 'Girls'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 22, 2012 6:20 PM
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If the final season of “Breaking Bad” airs in two halves, does that mean there’s actually two seasons left? In the end, it doesn’t matter – AMC has confirmed the show’s return on July 15th, and that should be enough cause for celebration. Eight episodes will air over the summer, then leave our fall and winter without resolution, before coming back in the summer of 2013. Star Bryan Cranston essentially confirmed all this back in March, but apparently the man is not yet verified as an official news source, sadly. [AV Club]

Review: You Can't Go Home Again In Maybe The Best Episode Yet Of 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2012 4:30 AM
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Over the last couple of episodes we've lamented that Lena Dunham's "Girls" has taken a turn towards the sitcom, with episodes that have favored wacky shenanigans over the humanity and heart -- and the humor that followed -- that opened the season on such a strong footing. Well, we're happy to report that "The Return" harkens back to those initial shows, and marks easily one of the best episodes this season so far. While we've been critical of the softball, superfluous subplots given to Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), it's a bit revealing that with the story centering strictly on Hannah (Dunham), it allows for some of the most focused and observant writing we've seen yet on the show.

Review: Sexual Harassment & Heartbreak Dominate Another Uneven Episode Of 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2012 11:00 PM
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If last week saw "Girls" slip into sitcom territory, this latest episode again sees Lena Dunham and co. delivering another somewhat uneven offering, one that again finds Hannah (Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Wlliams) as the central focus, while Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) are relegated to some flimsy, and otherwise insubstantial b-plot. Say what you will about "Sex & The City," but the writers there at least built four pretty well realized, and equally balanced lives around the quartet of women, something that "Girls" is still managing to figure out.

Review: 'Girls' Unfortunately Stumbles Into Sitcom Territory

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2012 11:00 PM
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As we mentioned in our review of the season premiere, "Girls" came out of the gate strong, exhibiting a fresh approach and confidence that many shows don't often have in their first season. Navigating the complexities of sex, relationships and friendships between women in Manhattan, Lena Dunham's effort seemed to sidestep the usual structure and expectations of the half hour format for something a bit more direct and honest. And while we figured "Girls" would stumble at some point, or perhaps deliver an episode below the standard set thus far, we didn't expect it to be so soon, or done so sloppily.

HBO Renews Lena Dunham's 'Girls' & Armando Iannucci's 'Veep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 4:12 PM
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Haters gonna hate, but Lena Dunham will have the final word as her excellent HBO series "Girls" as well as Armando Iannucci's "Veep" have both been renewed for a second season. And the numbers don't lie.

Review: Is It Some Kind Of Solstice? 'Girls' Finds Hannah & Marnie's Sex Lives Turned Upside Down

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 11:00 PM
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"Try and give less of a shit," guest star Jorma Taccone says during the third episode of "Girls" and it's advice Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) eventually learn to take to heart. But not without seeing some major changes that re-orient their respective sex lives.

Review: 'Girls' Tackles Abortion, Sex & STDs Head On With Heart & Hilarity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 11:00 PM
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Having already established in the premiere episode that the sex in "Girls" that sex in the show (at least for now) will often be uncomfortable and awkward, the second show of season turns up the cringe factor. As the show opens, Hannah and Adam are in the midst of some fairly routine missionary sex, with the latter spicing things up with a melange of dirty talk that probably isn't fit to print here. Adam pulls out and ejaculates on Hannah's arm, and in the somewhat unsatisfying post-coitus pause, she says unconvincingly, "That was really good. That was so good....I almost came." To which Adam deadpans, "You want a Gatorade?" Welcome to "Girls."

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