Girls: A Deeper Analysis

by comm397girls

My previous blog established the idea that the HBO series, Girls, greatly differs from mainstream TV dramas. This show made a strong break through the clutter of typical American shows which I believe is the reason why the show faced many criticisms.  An author from NYMAG.COM describes this phenomenon saying “It’s a show about life lived as a rough draft—something well intentioned, possibly promising, but definitely begging for cruel critiques.” Because it is on HBO, the show has the permission to use sexual nudity and explicit language. I understand the implications and problems this would cause if a person under the age of eighteen was subject to this show, however, I believe that age appropriate critics are not looking at the real representation this shows gives us. This show takes on the many obstacles that girls face within their lives, whether or not it is TV appropriate. The show conquers issues with friendships, relationships, drugs, economic situations, STD’s, weight, and many more. Every character is at a different level of maturity and represents real-life struggles which I believe almost every girl will endure at some point in their life. This allows for viewers of different maturity levels to identify with one of the four main characters and feel a connection with what they are watching.

For instance, Shoshanna is a character who is still a virgin. She is less experienced than the rest of the friends but has a sense of wisdom which the other characters lack. Since she is the only character still in college, she does not represent the current economic situation facing youths. Next is Jessa – Shoshanna’s older British cousin who has just returned back to NYC for the first time in years. She’s spontaneous and adventurous which is shown when her flirty relationship with her boss and her random marriage.  Her current job is babysitting and this is a practical job for someone in her position. Marnie is a character who is very uptight and put-together. Initially she starts the season with a long-term boyfriend. However, as the season progresses, she becomes bored with her relationship and becomes conflicted with not knowing what she wants. Lastly, Hanna is the character mentioned in my previous blog who has struggled mostly with economic problems. However, she is also dealing with an unlabeled relationship with a boy who she has casual sex with and gives her mixed signals as to what they even are. In addition, she battles with being thirteen pounds overweight. Her short and pear-shaped physique differs from the tall, lean and beautiful characters in almost all TV shows. I believe that the contrasting situations this group of girls face is effective in attracting a variety of viewers. I know many of my friends fit the personalities and situations of almost all of the characters represented in this show. This is why I enjoy and appreciate this show so much.

Although the economic situation is not visible or forefront in each of the characters lives, their human characteristics and personalities have a way of connecting to a mass audience and does not depict a life far from reality.  This allows for a detox from typical TV drama’s where the viewer no longer has to feel incompetent when they don’t meet the glamorous lifestyles these shows easily depict. Instead, the viewer is able to reflect on their own experiences and feel understood and at the correct pace in their current life because the show does an honest job at representing the lifestyle youths have to look forward to and may be currently in. I think this is why I like this show so much. These characters represent situations that almost all of my friends have been in. I feel as though if a camera followed me and my group of friends, the situations would be quite similar to those represented in the show. Posted throughout this blog are images from the show with fan comments written over the pictures from a blog on Tumblr. These really show the appreciation and connection that viewers have to the show, Girls.