Girls came to an end earlier this year after a successful six-season run on HBO. The series created by writer/director/actress Lena Dunham follows the lives of four young women in their 20s as they face personal and professional struggles in New York as they attempt to find their place in the world.
When the series opens up, Hannah (Lena Dunham), an aspiring writer who can’t land a job, meets up with her parents to learn that they are going to stop sending her money. Hannah’s best friend and flatmate Marnie (Allison Williams), a young gallery assistant, is growing tired of her lengthy relationship. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) reappears in New York after a stunt abroad and moves in with her younger and naive cousin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), a student an NYU.
The cast also includes Adam Driver who plays Hannah’s on-and-off boyfriend Adam, a recovering alcoholic and aspiring actor. Andrew Rannells plays Elijah, Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend. Alex Kaporvsky plays Ray, a slightly older member of the group who works at a coffee shop, who starts up being a mere acquaintance but ends up being an integral part of the group of friends as the plot develops.
The characters are very real and three-dimensional – and will seem very relatable to many viewers. Each of the characters is unique and faces different situations following their pattern of behaviour and their personal traits. The spectators will come to both love and hate each and every one of the characters at different points of the narrative. They will revel in the girls’ triumphs and be incredibly infuriated at their attitudes and flaws.
By means of an incredibly witty and nuanced script, Girls deals with all kinds of issues. A young women the characters find themselves, more or less, in a constant state of disorientation. As they try and navigate their way through adulthood, they often find themselves in situations of professional uncertainty, they face struggles such as mental illness and substance addiction, they find themselves making poor choices when it comes to relationships. The dynamics of the relationships between the different characters change – sometimes strengthening, sometimes falling apart- as the events of their day-to-day lives unfold and, as people, they mature.
Girls is a faithful representation of early adulthood and the struggles that young people have to deal with once they become independent and accountable. It develops plot lines that many will identify with. Girls may teach everyone a thing or two about accepting who you are and being comfortable in your own body. It also shows how things don’t always turn out how you expect them too and that a lesson can be learned even from the worst of situations – that people change and you have to come to terms with the fact that most people in your life will come and go.
With the amount of comedy and drama, Girls is an emotional rollercoaster that will open the eyes of many to the reality that life can sometimes be a great mess but that things always turn out in the end.