Air Dates: April 15, 2012-Present
Stars: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet
We hate to say it, but it's almost impossible to talk about white women in popular culture in the year 2013 without mentioning either Sex and the City or Girls. Girls, aka The House that Lena Dunham built, is like Sex and the City's confused, twentysomething younger niece. The characters either think they have it all figured out, or they're on the verge of a meltdown when they come to the realization that they don't. We recognize this because we see it play out every week that way in real life, too.
Instead of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, Girls gets up close and personal with Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna as they live their 20s in New York, one mistake at a time. Hannah is the neurotic aspiring writer whose stream-of-thought tangents are "sweet, naive, and infuriating." Marnie is the "pretty girl" who's slowly figuring out that her looks are not the third dimension of her personality. Jessa, the wildcard of the group, judges everyone with her condescending accent. Shoshanna is the baby; all of her limited life experiences are shaped by popular culture.
The show has been criticized for its lack of diversity, so to toss a middle finger to the haters, viewers saw Donald Glover in a manner that they least expected in the second season premiere. Still, while it's a relatable program, there's something distinctly white about it. Maybe it's how oblivious the main characters are; they're clueless about what's happening around them.
Maybe it's the notion that fucking a black guy or your knowledge of the mixtape hustle makes you "cultured." That's alright though, because regardless of race, we all know (or at least should know) that someday our lives will make sense. And until then, things will be messy.