Girls Season 2 Recap: Sophomore Slump?
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Girls Season 2 Recap: Sophomore Slump?

(The Verge) – If you think you’re the only college graduate worried about or struggling to find a job, watch Girls on HBO, trust me it will make you feel a lot better about yourself.  Guys, don’t get scared away by the name this series is just as relatable for us.
The series is in its second season, which started in January 2013, and will shortly be wrapping up.  It takes place in Brooklyn and the story surrounds four girls with completely different personalities that complement each other extraordinarily well.  This is a credit to Lena Dunham who rapidly seems to have taken over the subcultures of the hipster, yuppie, and college campuses around America.  She is the writer, creator, and star of this very successful series.  This is noted by the 70th Golden Globe Awards in mid-January 2013.  Lena Dunham and her baby, “Girls” took home two very impressive awards on this night among the best of the best in Hollywood, this was her true coming out party.  Girls won “Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical” over two immensely successful network television staples, ABC’s Modern Family (last year’s winner) and NBC’s Big Bang Theory.  Lena Dunham and Girls also took home “Best Performance by and Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical”.  She took down Tina Fey in 30 Rock, who headlined the nominees.
For an example of how quickly Lena Dunham has risen you can take a glance at the two main executive producers of the show, (herself) Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow.  His name may sound familiar to even the most common movie goer.  Judd Apatow is a comedy producing genius in box offices and theatres across the country.  His most notable works are pieces we have all heard of:  Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express and the list goes on.  It is rare when someone who has these types of credentials to be under-carding a name not (yet) nearly as popular it really says something about the feature producer.
In so many cases across television series history the daunting “sophomore slump” is something that claims the airtime of countless “fringe” programs.  The sophomore slump is a when a series has an impressive first sequence of episodes and follows up with a lack luster second season.  HBO is quick to pull the trigger on shows like this, notably “How to Make it in America” whose unimpressive second season essentially opened the door for “Girls” a year and a half ago.
“Girls” has staying power.  It owns probably the most wanted timeslot in all of television, 9pm, Sunday night, on HBO.  Its viewers are a niche who can relate to the premise, and this demographic tend to stick to things they like.  It’s funny, its romantic and/or lack of romantics are appealing to both guys and girls, it can be dramatic, but yet it is an easy watch.

“Girls” has become all the rage for viewers of all ages. Image taken from: jillstanek.com

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