GIRL TALK: A must-see for millennials
About two months ago, a friend told me about an American show called Girls. I was familiar with it because websites I read analyse its meaning and relevance.
After watching a few episodes, I understand the hype. The show is unlike anything on television right now.
Created and written by Lena Dunham, it takes us into the lives of four post-tertiary young women: Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet).
Rob Sheffield wrote in Rolling Stone: "[Dunham] brilliantly sums up the miseries of youth: drugs, diseases, abortions, disastrous jobs [and] worse sex."
Sheffield went on to describe Dunham as "agonisingly funny". Some are even touting the show as the new Sex and the City.
While my friends and I had watched Sex and the City to see who we might become - "will I be a Charlotte or a Samantha?", Girls shows us who we are now, as women in their 20s.
I asked the friend who'd turned me to Girls, Ayanda, for her opinion.
"It's quite a real representation of the 'millennials'," she said.
"There are Adams [Hannah's sort-of boyfriend] in our lives who treat us badly, and Hannahs who are nomads in life and have no real direction. It's realism. True feelings. True experiences."
Girls might not tell the story of every young person, but we can relate to it.
It is a witty show, but not pee-in-your-panties type of funny. It's honest, and I highly recommend it to you, dear reader.
- 'Girls' is on M-Net on Tuesdays at 10.30pm. This is, unfortunately, Boshomane's last column