It was easy to see from its teaser trailers why HBO’s Girls was already being hailed as the anti-Sex and the City. (Though hailing it as the antidote to Entourage would be equally applicable.) It’s also easy to see why the series, and its rising star Lena Dunham (who seems to be more Liz Lemon than Carrie Bradshaw, anyway) is already garnering buzz: Girls is hitting all the right notes at the right time. (Could you imagine enjoying SATC the same way if it had come out during the recession? Or hearing Carrie worry that she could only survive in New York City “for three-and-a-half more days. Maybe seven, if I don’t eat lunch”?)
But perhaps least surprising of all is that the show is executive-produced by Judd Apatow, the master of filling pop culture gaps. While the recently-released full-length Girls trailer perfectly encapsulates Dunham’s sense of humor, there are traces of Apatow – who helped another female-driven hit, Bridesmaids, get off the ground running – everywhere. Not just because there’s a smattering of Apatow alums to be found (Freaks and Geeks’ mom Becky Ann Baker and Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd) but because just like his previous short-lived yet beloved series like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, Girls seems to be tapping into a psyche that’s nowhere to be found on TV at the moment. This one might be all about the girls, but you’ve gotta give the guy credit: He knows what he’s doing. Watch the fairly NSFW preview here:
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What do you think, PopWatchers? Another hit for Apatow? Or should all the credit go to Dunham on this one? Is she the voice of this generation? Or just a generation? Which line hit closest to home for you? Will you be watching Girls? Share in the comments section below.
Girls premieres on HBO on Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET.