Girls: Season 1 (2012)

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

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Critic Ratings: 47

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User Ratings: 11

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Air date: Apr 15, 2012

Series Premiere. Struggling writer Hannah gets cut off financially; free-spirited friend Jessa returns to NYC and moves in with her unsuspecting cousin Shoshanna; Type-A roommate Marnie hosts a welcome-back dinner.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2012

Hannah reveals her Forrest Gump-induced AIDS phobia when she realizes Adam might not be practicing monogamy. Marnie lives in denial of her boredom with her boyfriend Charlie; Jessa avoids Marnie's meticulously planned day at a women's health clinic.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2012

Hannah meets up with her erstwhile college flame to find out how she contracted HPV, uncovering much more in the process. Marnie's art-gallery boss introduces her to a cocky artist who piques her interest, while Jessa gets a baby-sitting gig.

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Air date: May 6, 2012

Adam sends Hannah a 'sext' message that puts her in a tailspin. Meanwhile, Hannah's boss gets touchy, Shoshanna reunites with a boy from sleepaway camp, Jessa gets distracted on the job, and Ray and Charlie snoop through the girls' apartment.

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Air date: May 13, 2012

Hannah decides to better her story by propositioning her boss. She subsequently retreats to Adam, who has a different idea about the state of their union. Meanwhile, Marnie and Charlie assess their relationship, and Jessa is determined to reconquer an ex.

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Air date: May 20, 2012

Hannah's parents fly her back to Michigan to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Though they hope she'll go on their date, she gets one of her own instead, and catches up with some high-school friends who are mourning a hometown tragedy.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2012

At the 'best party ever' in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Hannah learns Adam's main defining trait (other than his ears), Marnie is beside herself after seeing Charlie, Jessa teases a mystery texter, and Ray becomes Shoshanna's spirit guide in a time of need.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2012

Hannah ventures further into Adam's world, for better and for worse. Newly unemployed Jessa, and Marnie, at an all-time low, bond unexpectedly and meet a very eligible bachelor (Chris O'Dowd) who is not what he seems.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2012

Behind on rent and resentful of the literary success of a former classmate (Jenny Slate), Hannah decides to take some chances. Marnie finds it increasingly difficult to support Hannah financially and emotionally. Jessa is confronted by her former boss.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2012

Season One finale. Hannah starts to question her relationship with Adam; Jessa throws a mystery party where Marnie embraces her free-spirited side, and Shoshanna's uniqueness works in her favor.

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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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Thelma Madine

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Critic Reviews for Girls Season 1

All Critics (47) | 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…
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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…

[T]he confidence in Dunham's writing and direction are intriguing.

Feb 21, 2020 | Rating: B | 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…

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