Lena Dunham’s witty HBO comedy Girls returned last weekend for its second season. Though it has drawn criticism from many people, it is relevant to the society that we live in.
Being about a group of privileged young women adjusting to life on their own in New York after college graduation, I think that it perfectly relates to us growing up in Orinda. The show has failed to spark a strong following in high schools because it lacks the glitz and glamor of shows like Gossip Girl, however kids are missing out. Though of course many things are exaggerated for comedic effect, Girls has important lessons to teach us.
Though it’s important to understand the difference between television and real life, Girls is more honest than most shows right now. It doesn’t rely on exaggerated stereotypes to try to make us laugh, like Han Lee in Two Broke Girls or anyone from The New Normal. Girls isn’t like glamorous and unrealistic Sex and the City where, though Carrie was relatively young, she had tons of money and lots of time to shop and gossip.
Girls is about real life. They are young and they struggle. It’s a show about failure and reality. Honestly, it’s kind of scary. Is this what our lives are going to be like one day?
After being sheltered for so long, Hannah and her friends have trouble finding their way in the world. At the beginning of the first season, after working as an unpaid intern for two years gaining “job experience,” the main character Hannah’s parents finally cut her off financially and she has no idea how to cope. It’s a pretty scary thought. We all could be Hannah one day. This show does not sugar coat anything or spare us the gritty details, which comes as a refreshing change. Girls teaches us to take a step back and look at our high school years. It allows us to take full advantage of this time in our lives as we prepare for the future.