Four women, New York and plenty of drama… is HBO series Girls the new generation's Sex and the City
If you have ever struggled to survive in New York City – or any city – fresh out of college, armed with debts, youthful energy and not much else, you may find that Girls resonates.
Billing itself as 'a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s', the series, premiering on April 15, is already fuelling hype, set to fill the niche that was left by Sex and the City for a new generation.
Written, directed and starred in by Lena Dunham, the new HBO drama charts the true-to-life struggles of a group of friends finding their feet in the city.
Girls, girls, girls: High and lows abound in the lives of the show's stars, who are struggling with life as recent college grads in New York City
Ms Dunham, 25, the daughter of two
Tribeca-based artists, has spent her life around creativity and is
perhaps best known for Tiny Furniture, a film about a college grad
retuning to her parent's home as she attempts to answer just what to do
with her adult life.
In the new series, she stars alongside Jemima Kirke, who
plays Jessa, Allison Williams as Marnie and Zosia Mamet, of Mad Men and
The Kids Are All Right, as Shoshanna.
The parallels between Sex and the City – four women in New York City, working, playing and laughing together – are obvious. But that is where similarities between the programmes end.
In fact, as Ms Dunham sums it up to Vogue:
'It's the life that girls who grew up watching Sex and the City thought
they would have in New York.'
Trials and tribulations: Life is not all rosy for Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath, right, and Allison Williams as Marnie, left, in Girls
There is a conspicuous lack of designer labels, cocktails and consistently cheery lighting, instead it's about the disappointment over entering the city's workforce and the sense of entitlement that so characterises recent, debt-saddled graduates.
As Hannah quips in one of the show trailers: 'So I calculated and I can last in New York for three days… Maybe seven if I don't eat lunch.'
Yes, there's sex – 'Use condoms if you're so scared' the girls discuss, and there are relationships – 'You think because you're 11 pounds over weight you know struggle' says Hannah's love interest.
'I'm thirteen pounds overweight and it has been awful for me my whole life,' comes the tearful reply.
Star performer: Written, directed and acted in by Ms Dunham, right, the show's executive producer is Judd Apatow of Brisdesmaids and The Hangover
But there is also dark,
no-bones-about-it irony. One scene sees Hannah in a gynaecologist's
room, naked but for a gown, legs awkwardly akimbo.
'You could not pay me enough to be 24 again' the pitying OB-GYN says.
'Well they're not paying me at all' a sardonic Hannah replies.
A wry look at the failures, high times and frankly dispiriting work world in the big smoke, the show is set to do well – not only does it promise a brilliantly sharp script loaded with dry humour, but its executive producer is Judd Apatow of Bridesmaids and The Hangover fame.
'It's all about the horrifying mistakes a group of young women make while they start their lives in New York' he told Vogue. He applauds Ms Dunham bravery and ability to make a fool of herself.
The new generation's SATC Girls premieres on HBO on April 15 at 10:30pm
The show is a refreshing look at emotions, a relevant nod at paucity and is true to the technology-driven era.
As Vogue quotes, Marnie discusses communication with her boyfriend, saying that 'the totem of chat' evolves around a hierarchy. 'The lowest, that would be Facebook, followed by G-chat, then texting, then e-mail, then phone.'
Face-to-face, she says, is sadly 'not of this time.'
The same can't be said of the show – its mix of brutally honest real life reflections and satire seems bang-on in cultural timeliness.
Girls premieres on HBO on April 15 at 10:30pm.
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