James Hughes, Lucky magazine
Gone are the days of Carrie Bradshaw, $17 dollar martinis, and affordable pre-war Manhattan apartments - at least on HBO that is. In the upcoming series Girls (premiering on April 15 at 10:30 PM on HBO), writer/director/actress/comedian Lena Dunham paints twentysomething city-life a bit more realistically: dead-end jobs, cheap booze, depressing hook-ups and cramped sublets. After her indie hit Tiny Furniture, Dunham created the show (which she also stars in) to reflect a new generation of New York women.
Dunham plays Hannah, a recent college grad financially cut off by her parents after two years of waiting for an internship to turn into a job offer. Crushed, she relies on her friends Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) to pick up the pieces. Thanks to excellent casting and pitch-perfect writing, Dunham makes her characters feel real-often hilariously and uncomfortably real-while they navigate the usual pratfalls Read More »from 20 Pieces Under $20 in Honor of HBO's "Girls"