Girls Season 1 May 2012 EpisodesHave you caught on to Girls yet? It’s one of the best reviewed new shows on cable TV, and it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon. The HBO series, which kicked off on April 15th, was created by and stars Lena Dunham. Judd Apatow (Funny People, The 40 Year Old Virgin) executive produces the series which has a 10 episode run on Sunday nights.
Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are trying to figure life out. They’ve been living in New York for a couple of years, but they’re still not sure what they want – from boys, from each other, from themselves. And things aren’t getting any clearer.
Hannah (Lena Dunham) is a unique mixture of self-entitlement and self-loathing. She believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, but forgets she has to write first. She wants to have a boyfriend without the obligations of a relationship, and a job without having to work. She’s ultimately good-natured, with a spirited sense of humor. But every time Hannah is about to improve her circumstances, her cluelessness undercuts her.
Marnie (Allison Williams), Hannah’s roommate and best friend, is a Type A personality with strict rules about friendship. She seems like Hannah’s opposite, because she’s got an actual job and a serious boyfriend. But while she’s more together on the surface, her unwillingness to admit how lost she is may mean that she’s the most lost.
Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is a live-and-let-live bohemian who’s allergic to anything she views as bourgeois. She wants a life less ordinary and has traveled extensively. She’s had lots of different jobs and lots of different boyfriends, but her apparent lack of fear belies her own kind of insecurity. Jessa is apt to put crazy ideas in Hannah’s head that are easier for a gorgeous British girl to pull off than they are for anxious, rumpled Hannah.
Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Jessa’s roommate and cousin, aspires to the Sex and the City lifestyle. She’s an NYU student obsessed with “women’s issues,” gluten-free foods and sexcentric self-help. The others tend to underestimate her because she’s suburban and innocent, but Shoshanna can be a surprisingly incisive source of wisdom.
Girls May 2012 Episodes
Episode #4: “Hannah’s Diary”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 6 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: May 6 (12:30 a.m.), 9 (9:30 p.m.) and 10 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: May 7 (8:30 p.m.), 8 (11:00 p.m.), 12 (9:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.) and 25 (8:00 p.m.)
Adam (Adam Driver) sends Hannah (Lena Dunham) a “sext” message that puts her in a tailspin. Meanwhile, Hannah’s boss (Richard Masur) gets touchy at her office job, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) reunites with a boy from sleepaway camp, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) gets distracted while watching her charges, and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and Charlie (Chris Abbott) snoop through the girls’ apartment.
Written by Lena Dunham; directed by Richard Shepard.
Episode #5: “Hard Being Easy”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 13 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: May 13 (12:30 a.m.), 16 (9:30 p.m.) and 17 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: May 14 (8:30 p.m.), 15 (11:00 p.m.), 19 (9:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.) and 25 (8:30 p.m.)
At Jessa’s advice, 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 (Allison Williams) and Charlie assess their relationship, and Jessa is determined to reconquer an ex.
Written by Lena Dunham; directed by Jesse Peretz.
Episode #6: “The Return”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 20 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: May 20 (12:30 a.m.), 23 (9:30 p.m.) and 24 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: May 21 (8:30 p.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.), 25 (9:00 p.m.) and 26 (9:00p.m., 1:00 a.m.)
Hannah’s parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari) 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.
Written by Lena Dunham & Judd Apatow; directed by Lena Dunham.
Episode #7: “Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. The Crackcident”
Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 27 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: May 27 (12:30 a.m.) and 30 (9:30 p.m.) and 31 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: May 28 (8:30 p.m.) and 29 (11:00 p.m.)
At the “best party ever” in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Hannah learns Adam’s main defining trait (other than his ears), Marnie is beside herself (and annoys others) after seeing Charlie, Jessa teases a mystery texter, and Ray becomes Shoshanna’s spirit guide in a time of need.
Written by Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner; directed by Jody Lee Lipes.
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