Girls: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Insightful and well-cast, Girls captures the experience of contemporary twentysomething womanhood with a bristling wit that's alternately hilarious and effectively squirm-inducing.



Critic Ratings: 46


Audience Score

User Ratings: 463
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Air date: Apr 15, 2012
Air date: Apr 22, 2012
Air date: Apr 29, 2012
Air date: May 6, 2012
Air date: May 13, 2012
Air date: May 20, 2012
Air date: Apr 22, 2012
Air date: Jun 3, 2012
Air date: Jun 10, 2012
Air date: Jun 17, 2012

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Tv Season Info

A young woman and her three friends struggle to figure out what they want--from life, from men, from themselves--as they navigate through their post-collegiate years in NYC in Season 1 of this coming-of-age comedy series.

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Critic Reviews for Girls Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (24)

One of the things that impresses about Dunham, both the actress and the writer, is how hard she is on herself: There are no forgiving winks or charming bouts of rom-com clumsiness.

Sep 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Girls is an exceptional piece of American art, as witty as The Women, richer in raunch than Portnoy's Complaint, charismatic like Sleater-Kinney.

Apr 15, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Girls is a triumph for Lena Dunham.

Apr 15, 2012 | Full Review…

Better, smarter and more honest than your average sitcom, but also perhaps focused on a rather narrow slice of the 20s universe.

Apr 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Succeeds in making viewers uncomfortable while proferring a new (sharp, slightly bitter) flavor of introspective female comedy.

Apr 15, 2012 | Full Review…

Ties the grimaces and grins together with a comedic sensibility that allows you to see these characters as they are with all their irritating and contradictory behavior, but still root for them as they feel their way into adulthood.

Apr 15, 2012 | Full Review…

Girls, with its giddy lightness, its warmth, and its fast-talking, witty, roundly likable characters, has some of the flavor of romantic comedy while also revealing the common facts of life...

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Get yourself a bullet to bite, here comes the pain.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Dunham uses her characters' anxieties for maximum opportunity, and throws them into situations you'll be glad to not be in yourself.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Dunham's own Hannah is a young Carrie Bradshaw for the 21st century comprised, as they so often are, of equal parts ego, foolishness and spite.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The humanity of the characters can speak to almost anyone, and the pitch-perfect comedy allows those who may not relate an insightful and witty look into the lives of these women.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

All three characters are written so completely that no one is given the edge in this very public verbal duel. It's a sign of scriptwriting maturity that makes it all the more impressive that Dunham is so young.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Girls: Season 1

  • Aug 05, 2017
    GIRLS is one of the worst television series ever, mainly because it hardly understands what it means to be a television series: to take a break from reality. All episodes overly talk way too much about unemployment, struggling with having no money and not being able to afford rent and the show focuses too much on Lena Dunham's naked body, it doesn't turn me on EVERY time she's naked. She doesn't even have a great body either, GIRLS is 30% fat ugly Lena Dunham porn and 70% Lena complaining to everybody "Where's the money?" If it weren't for Hannah, I would hate Shoshanna the most because of her tendency to keep saying "Oh my god" and "AMAZE!" and overuse the word "like". Also, Lena Dunham looks nothing like her season one poster self - that poster is a fucking lie.
  • Jun 10, 2017
    Never have I seen a more unfunny so called comedy
  • Jan 17, 2017
    IF Lena Dunham was absent it might not be bad.
  • Apr 14, 2016
    The first season was really interesting and the fact that I relate to Hannah with her current circumstances in her life is frighteningly relatable.
  • Oct 21, 2015
    Why do people watch this ?
  • Aug 10, 2015
    Awful stuff. Unfunny, creepy and just plain bad. A friend recommended this to me and for the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would watch this garbage. Nevermind the hype about this show promoting positive body image. It is completely irrelevant. Lead character is selfish, spoiled and certainly not a good role model for anyone. Her boyfriend is truly vile. The one nice guy in the show is ridiculed for being a decent human being. I got half way through episode 3 and decided this drivel was not worth my time. Skeevy nonsense.
  • Mar 16, 2015
    Though i think it is way too over sexualized in the first season at least i do feel that it was in a way ground-breaking or at least a new fresh take on what life is for a middle class 20 something year old girl in new york. Though i wouldn't say it should be rated comedy but it does have plenty of awkward moments and a hilarious Andrew Rannells.
  • Mar 08, 2015
    One of the best serial television series of all time. Perhaps only the Sopranos can match it.
  • Feb 15, 2015
    When I finished season 1, I realized how in many ways, Lena Dunham is a genius. To create, write, direct, and star in this successful of a series, she must have worked to perfect every moment of it. Great cast, smart premise, good balance of storylines.
  • Nov 10, 2014
    I wanted to like it but just found it like a 40 year olds idea of what being 20 is like

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