Hot off the heels of its double Golden Globes success, Lena Dunham‘s comedy-drama Girls returns for season two on Sky Atlantic tonight (10pm), less than 24 hours after its US transmission. Touted as a more realistic version of Sex and the City, the series charts the lives and loves of four twenty-something women as they deal with the day-to-day reality of life in New York.
Dunham’s character Hannah Horvath is an aspiring writer who lives with best friend Marnie Michaels (Alison Williams), a serious art gallery assistant – although Marnie moves out after a fight in the season one finale. The other two principals are naive student Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet), who is hung up about still being a virgin, and her and her free spirit cousin Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke). At the end of the first season, Shoshanna finally loses her virginity and Jessa shocks her friends with a surprise wedding.
Season two promises more growth and change for each of the girls and the men in their lives. HBO have released two preview trailers on YouTube:
There are also highlights of a round-table discussion between Lena Dunham and the male stars of the series in which they reveal a little about what will happen with Adam, Ray, Charlie and Elijah during this season:
A longer version of this discussion, as well as more trailers and previews are available on the official HBO Girls website.
Good but not great (yet)?
I thought season one was something of a mixed bag, possibly because I have the wrong chromosomes. I felt it was uneven, with characters who I struggled to like, and that it fell into the trap that too many comedy-dramas fall into: not enough laughs to be funny, while simultaneously being too lightweight to be particularly dramatic. It’s wry, astute and realistic in many of its observations and the performances of the principals are all fine, but would probably benefit from a little more lightness and a little less shade.
In short, it wasn’t quite the phenomenon that many were quick to acclaim, but it was good enough to keep me coming back every week – just. Season one was a 7/10 for me – not bad, but scope for improvement. I’m hoping for better second time around.
Season two of Girls premieres on Sky Atlantic tonight (Monday 14th January) at 10pm.