If Girls demonstrated one thing in its first season, it's that life for a young female living in New York City can be frustrating, awkward and very, very funny. But there's more than just one thing that works well about Lena Dunham's HBO comedy. What's even more compelling about the show is the fact that some of the characters come close to being unlikable due to their flaws, without actually crossing that line, making them seem like real people we might know or identify with. In a nutshell, these girls are human, they're young twenty-somethings who don't have it all (or much) figured out yet, nor do any of them have any certain life plans.

Between Hannah's attempts to support herself and have a balanced relationship with her boyfriend Adam, and the adventures of her friends Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna, the first season brought us into the lives of four girls trying to navigate through the start of adulthood. By comparison to other shows, which have a tendency to gloss over the full reality of being a young adult in New York, centering on twenty-somethings who are far more established and well-off than what's realistic, Girls zooms in on some of the truth of the situation, and then finds the humor in it with each episode, offering a refreshing take on an otherwise overdone sitcom premise. In that way, not only does Girls stand out as an intriguing and strangely addicting new TV comedy, but it's also one of the best shows on television this year.

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