Lena Dunham’s hit breakout comedy was a huge deal for the years it was on air and made many of its cast and crew into household names. However, in more recent years, due to some of Dunham’s questionable comments and retrospective criticisms of the shows lack of racial diversity and problematic presentations of sexuality, the response has been much more mixed. However, I am going to take it on a season by season basis and give my honest opinion.
The first season is packed full of undoubtedly good writing, a very strong cast, and a very pleasant and enjoyable side to New York. I love seeing the bustling streets, the skylines, the unique parks portrayed in film or TV, and this may make me slightly bias from this perspective.
The writing, mostly done by creator/director/writer/producer/star Lena Dunham is very quick, sharp, and often funny. The characters have very distinct personalities and interact with each other very well, although they are packed full of privilege while seemingly acting as though they are the worst done to people in the world, and as I continue with the show I will keep an eye on whether this is intentionally ironic or Dunham is just blinded to the actual realities of many lives.
As for the cast, the main four girls (Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet) are all clearly talented actresses who create interesting characters, although this is very much focused on the characters of Hannah (Dunham) and Marnie (Williams). The other stand out, and the man who has gone on to have easily the biggest and most respected career since the show is Adam Driver, and his character here is an odd mix of creepy, charismatic, and unpredictable.
I would say so far, so good, but time will tell where the show decides to go from here.
Rating = 3.5/5