After the surprising success of her 2010 film Tiny Furniture, Lena Dunham has been given the opportunity to take her stories of 20-something strife and struggle in New York City to HBO as the creator, writer, producer, and star of the new series Girls.
With comedy godfather Judd Apatow on board as an executive producer, Dunham stars as Hannah, a recent college graduate who has been cut off financially by her parents, trying not only to survive but to make a name for herself in an increasingly more difficult to cope with “real world.”
In exploring friendship and sexuality in the Big Apple, the comparisons to Sex and the City are sure to be abundant. But if Dunham is able to build upon the tone she set in Tiny Furniture, Girls is bound to be a coming-of-age tale for a generation of young people who are lost in the fast-paced, overly competitive, and economically stilted world we live in today.
Girls premieres on Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET. I’ll be back with you for weekly recaps then, but for now here’s a trailer to hold you over, in which Hannah’s OB/GYN seems to sum up the series nicely when she says, “you could not pay me enough to be 24 again.”