What’s the Deal With Girls? 15 Ways The HBO Series Shook TV

Hilarious, sexy, infuriating.  Few shows have provoked opinions like Lena Dunham’s Girls.  Here are 15 ways the show rocked television culture. 

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Critics complained the cast was TOO WHITE CRACKED.COM Many point out that the entire cast of the show, including all of its supporting characters, are white. You know, just like Brooklyn. It doesn't help when a Girls writer tweets: What really bothered me about Precious was

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Dunham faced the race issue with DONALD GLOVER CRACKED.COM Glover improvised his takedown of Hannah: Oh, I'm a white girl, and I moved to New York and I'm having a great time, and, Oh, I've got a fixed-gear bike, and I'm going to date a black

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Body type conversations greW from CONSTANTNUDITY CRAGKEDOOM There's people who don't want to see bodies like mine, Dunham says. It's a very specific body. Even great reviews will be like: chubby, portly, overweight. Sometimes I'm like: 'Ugh, how did I make myself the guinea pig for

Guardian

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what's the deal with GIRLS2 Critics say the cast got jobs through NEPOTISM CRACKEDOOM From playwrights to news anchors to the drummer from Bad Company, nearly all cast members had famous parents. Dunham denies nepotism: Until I met [Allison's dad Brian WIlliams], I was picturing who I believed to be

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Hannah made it OK for Girls to be UNLIKEABLE CRACKEDCO Awkward, unpleasant, annoying -- from Larry David to Michael Scott, we've seen this sitcom guy before. But Hannah Horvath showed that female characters can be awful (and all the more lovable for it.)

Independent

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Girls was the show where SEX GOT RE CRACKED COM The frequent sex scenes on Girls were often sweaty, weird, jiggly, unflattering, and/or awkward. In other words, just like real sex.

New York Times

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what's the deal with GIRLS2 Not every show has interns like MALIA OBAMA She is so smart, gushes Dunham. I once asked her, What's your favorite movie?' and she was like, 'Well, do you want me to list by my favorite director, actor, or cinematographer?' And I was like, 'You

Vanity Fair

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Girls was unflinching and UNFLATTERING Girls didn't always make millennials look good. They made bad decisions; they had sex with men who treated them badly; they were unsure what they wanted to do with their careers; they took drugs and drank; and they had no

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Girls launched a thousand THINK PIECES CRACKED COM I have a strong opinion about everything, Hannah tells an editor, even topics I'm not informed on. More than any modern TV show, Girs inspired countless op-eds, hot takes, and blog posts.

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Giris was a generation's SEX AND THE CITY HE MOTH RY SLAM LOU FDOPH sld ar For many, Hannah Horvath was the millennial Carrie Bradshaw. Most of my fellow millennial women found solace and comfort in the stories depicted on Girls, looking to the show

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Just another comedy from JUDDAPATOW CRACKED.COM Like seemingly every other comedy in the 2010s, Apatow had a hand in producing Girls. Dunham on their first meet: After an hour, he said: 'Well, it doesn't seem like we're going to kill each other. I guess we should

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what's the deal with GIRLS? Girls is banned from the University of IOW A Hannah gets into the prestigious lowa Writers Workshop, but campus filming was a no-go. The University believed the show would cast an unfavorable light. Actual Workshop participants say scenes were believable, except for Hannah getting accepted

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what's the deal with GIRLS2 SEX SCENES were no-win situations CRACKED COM Male excitement was flattering but upsetting when it happens, and it is also upsetting and unflattering when it doesn't happen, says Allison Williams. So the best case scenario is kind of like a suggestion of excitement without the actual

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Girls paved the way for AMAZING TV The success of Girls spawned other shows with flawed, entertaining women, such as Fleabag, Love, Drifters, and Broad City.

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what's the deal withGIRLS? Lena Dunham wore ALL THE HATS DIANNY ATHIL Florence Diary GRACKEDCON It's hard to think of another show where a woman took on all the roles: Writer, actor, director, and executive producer.

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