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Lena Dunham's Show Girls - Yes, It Is That Good

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood April 12, 2012 at 11:30AM

For those of you who don't have HBO this might be a good time to check it out. Not only does the new series Girls by Lena Dunham premiere this weekend, but next week we get Julia Louis Dreyfus in VEEP.  And of course there is the brilliant Game of Thrones which has such amazing female characters. 
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For those of you who don't have HBO this might be a good time to check it out. Not only does the new series Girls by Lena Dunham premiere this weekend, but next week we get Julia Louis Dreyfus in VEEP.  And of course there is the brilliant Game of Thrones which has such amazing female characters. 

HBO has done a great job with the promotion for this series.  Almost too good.  The show and Lena are everywhere.  They should thank their lucky stars that they have such an articulate spokesperson in the show's creator/writer/director/star - Lena Dunham.

I want to pause for a moment and note that it has been a long time since I saw a woman and such a young woman to boot have so many credits on a show.  Watching the credits roll after the first episode I literally had a flashback moment to when I saw Yentl as a teen and saw how many credits Barbra Streisand had at the end of the film.  While TV and film are different, seeing a woman take on this many roles behind and in front of the camera (I wonder if Lena sings?) is still quite striking almost 30 years later.

And I also love that this show is so clearly Lena's vision.  To see a young woman with such strong vision and to be able to defend it and speak about it in such a strong way almost makes me weep.  And while she wrote the first three shows herself, the writer's room is populated with other many other women.  This is a young woman who embraces other women, and loves other women which is so clear from the moment the show begins.  There is none of this competition crap.  This is a pure lovefest.

And the vision is about young women.  Granted, these are a certain type of young women.  Overeducated and underemployed and white.  People may have taken issue with calling 25 year olds girls.  What Lena says is that at 25 these are still girls because they are still trying to find their place in the world.  They don't feel like adults yet.  They don't act like adults yet.  So they are still girls.  Of course she enhances that with one early scene when the two best friends played by Lena (as Hannah) and Allison Williams (as Marnie) wind up falling asleep together because Marnie can't stand to be in bed with her adoring boyfriend.


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