By Jennifer Lynn
With our days getting colder, and our nights getting longer, it’s safe to say that winter has arrived. Luckily for us, it’s bringing a whole host of brand new TV treats with it, the first of which begins on Sky Atlantic tonight. Allow us to introduce Girls, HBO’s twenty-something Sex and The City replacement, which gets it’s first airing at 10pm tonight. The creation of filmmaker Lena Dunham, Girls is the story of four friends trying to get what they want out of life, all while paying sky-high rent to emulate Carrie Bradshaw’s New York City lifestyle.
Unlike its HBO predecessor, there’s nothing glossy about Girls. Hannah (played by Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Marnet) are still hunting for the fancy jobs, don’t have the designer wardrobes and haven’t quite worked out what they want from love or life yet.
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In tonight’s double bill we’re introduced to Hannah, a wannabe writer who’s thirteen pounds overweight and is indulging in a no-strings relationship with bad boy Adam. She has an unpaid internship, lives off her parents’ money and fears that she may have an STD after Googling “things that get up around the outside of condoms”. Standard.
Shoshanna, a neurotic New York University student, is the innocent one of the group. Life stresses her out, she’s hilariously awkward, and is harbouring a major secret from the rest of the girls. Her cousin Jessa, a free spirited Londoner, returns to town after one of her many foreign adventures- and she’s not coming back alone. Jessa’s hippyish ways and bitchy one-liners are all part of her charm, and let’s face it, we all know someone who thinks they’re so worldly just because they’ve travelled a little…
Marnie is the final piece in the Girls puzzle, Hannah’s beautiful best friend, who seems to have life a lot more ‘figured out’ than the others. However, as we discover her growing hatred of her boyfriend, we soon realise that she’s even more messed up than the other three girls.
Tackling serious issues with a heavy slathering of humour, Girls is must-watch TV for teens, twenty-somethings, guys and gals alike. Boys, in case you’re in any doubt over potential of this series, you WILL find an unlikely hero in Hannah’s beau Adam and there are a lot fewer shoe references than the average Sex and the City episode. Watch it, love it, thank us later.
Girls premieres on Sky Atlantic tonight at 10pm, with the second episode immediately after at 10.40pm.