If you read the about page, or you just know good music, you’ve heard of Jack Antonoff, the inspiration behind the name of this blog. If you’re merely a casual music fan, and not an obsessive psycho like myself, then you may not know that Jack Antonoff is dating Lena Dunham, the creator, producer, and star of the the HBO hit series Girls. A few months ago Dunham was merely a blip on my radar; the girlfriend of one of my favorite artists. However, one stroll through the book section of Target, and an impulsive purchase of her inspiringly hilarious book of essays Not That Kind of Girl later, and I was hooked.
As I turned through the final pages of her collection of essays, I knew I needed more. Cue another dateless Saturday night alone, and I found myself marathoning through the first three seasons. Now, with the fourth season less than a month away, I’m ready to convince everyone I know to do the same. Lock yourself in your room for a few days, ignore the bills piling up on your coffee table and the fact that your friends and family don’t think eating frozen pizza for every meal is “very healthy,” and watch. this. show. If, however, you do choose to focus instead on your responsibilities, or you have an actual social calendar of events keeping you from watching 16 straight hours of television or you’ve watched the show, but are afraid that as you grow old your memory has faltered and you will not remember every detail of Hannah and Adam’s relationship, or all the gory details of Jessa’s life, don’t fret.
Below I’ve summarized the series into five key points to help you prepare for the upcoming season.
Hannah Horvath is the voice of our generation. Or at least a voice. Of some generation.
“I am unfit for any and all paying jobs.” “You just said snack room and everything blurred.” “Don’t tell anyone this, but I want to be happy.” “Just poured water on some perfectly good bread to stop myself from eating it. Ate it anyway. BECAUSE I’M AN ANIMAL.” If these quotes don’t resonate with you on a really deep, personal level, then we probably can’t be friends. Seriously though, with soundbites like these rolling off her tongue almost constantly throughout the duration of each episode, it’s obvious that she captures the simultaneous feeling of desperation and optimism intrinsic to those of our generation. Plus the heavy doses of sarcasm and bluntness feel refreshingly like you’re relationship with your best friend. And she loves food. That’s important.
Jemima Kirke is actually the definition of perfection. And that’s all the reason you need to love her character Jessa.
She’s effortlessly beautiful, full of wisdom, incredibly laidback, and oh my gosh, her hair. You don’t even need to know she’s a complete mess on the show, a drug addict, and sometimes abandons her friends without any indication of why. You just need to love her, and keep hoping her real life husband accepts your request on Instagram so you can crush on his woman crush every Wednesday too.
Adam’s dance moves.
Like please just watch. They’re actually horrifyingly terrible, yet you absolutely wish you had a dance partner even half as fun.
Marnie is an annoying bitch. But we can all relate to her overly controlling, type-A attitude at some point.
It literally feels like she never stops whining about her relationship, or lack of a relationship, with Charlie. Even when she’s not complaining, she’s staring sullenly at everyone else or being judgmental. Even so, she’s so important to the integrity of the show. On a very serious note, the sense of directionless she has and the way it affects her every action, including her desire to control everything, is comforting. She’s just as lost as so many of us twenty-somethings are, and she’s just as broken by it. Here’s to you, Marnie. Keep on doing you.
Childish Gambino guest starred for a short time, and this needs to be a bigger deal.
Yeah, you read that right. Childish Gambino, responsible for lyrical gems like “cause we all just ticking time bombs, got a Lambo like Lebron’s mom” from the hit 3005. This in and of itself is not a big deal, since Donald Glover (Gambino) is also an actor on Community. What is a big deal though, he plays a black Republican in a sea of white liberals and Dunham and the other writers execute the whole thing hilariously and flawlessly.
Love the show? Hate it? Interested in checking it out now? Have theories about what will happen on Season Four? Let me hear what you have to say in the comments below.