The 10 Best New Shows Of 2012 Include Girls, Midwives And A Scandal

By CB Staff 2012-12-29 09:46:30 discussion comments
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2012 New Shows
Girls
It wasnít necessarily the easiest freshman year for Girls, but the complaints initially launched at Lena Dunham and her new comedy rarely had to do with the seriesí quality. The detractors probably avoided examining the on-air aspect of the HBO addition (you know, the important bit) because it being a stand-out, fresh and funny show didnít fit into any of their various negative or disparaging narratives. Itís much harder to argue that the driving voice behind Girls only achieved success because of nepotism or criticize the charactersí lack of likability when the product is so damn good. Of course, Dunham is the main reason for the comedyís success thanks to her sharp writing and deft direction, not to mention her often brave performances, but sheís certainly not the only thing the love about Girls.

Like most Judd Apatow produced projects, the HBO series was able to find a great group of actors to surround Dunhamís stubborn, once-spoiled Hannah with Allison Williams perfectly cast as the model-beautiful but anal best friend Marnie and Jemima Kirke as Jessa, the returning wild child who never found herself. The real standouts, however, are Zosia Mamet as the high strung virgin and Adam Driver playing Hannahís odd, to say the least, love interest. And to top off the hilariously honest storylines and empathetic if unlikable characters, Girls also manages to be beautifully shot and soundtracked, offering a great look at a subsection of New York City. Dunhamís often uncomfortable yet surprisingly warm show is not just one of the yearís best new series but, as most awards shows will attest, one of the best comedies period.
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