Created by Lena Dunham, Girls is an HBO television series about the lives of four 20-something young women living in New York City. Being about four female friends in NYC and appearing on the same network, the comparisons to Sex and the City are inevitable and there are similarities. Virginal college student Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is a fan of SotC, referencing it and the characters in the first episode of the season, but Girls isn't a remake. The 30-something ladies of Sex and the City know what it is they want, but have trouble obtaining it; the young women of Girls haven't figured out what it is yet.
Dunham, who wrote or co-wrote all ten episodes of the first season and directed half of them, stars as Hannah, an aspiring writer who loses her parents' financial support as the series opens. Hannah struggles with finding employment and stability in her relationships. She is involved with Adam (Adam Driver), though to what extent changes episode to episode, and unintentionally betrays the trust of her friend/roommate Marnie (Allison Williams).
On the surface, Hannah's friends Marnie and Shoshanna's British cousin Jessa (Jemima Kirke) appear as opposites that offer Hannah different approaches to life, yet beneath the surface they have more in common than they are willing to admit, which leads to tension between the two. Marnie works at an art gallery and tries to make responsible choices but doesn't consider the feelings of her boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott), who she is bored by but wants back when they are apart. Jessa works as a babysitter and acts like a free spirit, yet by season's end, she is the most traditional one of the group.
The girls are extremely narcissistic and many times make selfish decisions, as most 20-year-olds are, not that those traits are restricted to their age group. They aren't always likable and make poor decisions, but that makes them more believable as characters. The storylines have serious overtones, but the episodes are filled with humor. The first season of Girls was recently honored by the Golden Globes as Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and it was my favorite new show of last year because of the writing and performances.
Shot on Arri Alexa digital cameras, the video has been given a 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC encoded transfer displayed at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Colors come through in mostly muted hues, though some scenes they appear brighter. Blacks are inky and contrast is great. The image looks sharp and offers good details and textures.