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(Entertainment Weekly)   Is 'Girls' still a comedy? Are headlines with questions still the hallmark of lazy journalism?   (popwatch.ew.com) divider line 45
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2013-03-15 11:53:56 PM
Some Farkers 'agree with Subby'
 
2013-03-16 12:29:34 AM
Girls is supposed to be funny? I watched two episodes once and wanted to go out and punch people in the face.
 
2013-03-16 12:35:31 AM
What do you think?
 
2013-03-16 12:39:39 AM
Dude. You're putting EW and journalism in the same thought.

That's like calling the 7-Eleven hot dog roller a "restaurant."
 
2013-03-16 12:56:04 AM

ThrnPhl: Girls is supposed to be funny? I watched two episodes once and wanted to go out and punch people in the face.


In all fairness, SATC was supposed to be a comedy and that show made me want to punch people in the face, too.

Haven't seen Girls, but it doesn't seem like my kind of show.  I did watch a scene from it online this week where a dude masturbates all over a woman's chest and she's clearly pissed off about it, and it made me wonder what in the hell kids find acceptable these days.  If I ever tried that with a woman when I was still dating there would be hell to pay.
 
2013-03-16 01:01:49 AM

ThrnPhl: Girls is supposed to be funny? I watched two episodes once and wanted to go out and punch people in the face.


As I've said repeatedly in the past, it is simultaneously the worst and most realistic TV show I've ever watched, and I didn't watch very much.
 
2013-03-16 01:08:58 AM

ThrnPhl: Girls is supposed to be funny? I watched two episodes once and wanted to go out and punch people in the face.


I watched the first two episodes and was surprised that it was supposed to be a comedy.

My thoughts on this show cannot be summed up in a Fark post, so I'll just say that I would only be able to rationalize some affection for it if my brother had succeeded in seducing Lena Dunham when they were at a summer program together. But the idiot wrote sappy teenage love poetry and stuck it in her mailbox instead.

According to him, she was NOT seduced.
 
2013-03-16 01:48:42 AM

Lsherm: If I ever tried that with a woman when I was still dating there would be hell to pay.



As long as you say "please" and "thank you", you're fine.
 
2013-03-16 01:49:51 AM

ThrnPhl: Girls is supposed to be funny? I watched two episodes once and wanted to go out and punch people in the face.



Congrats.....you are totally normal.
 
2013-03-16 02:41:12 AM
Do I know what 'rhetorical' means?
 
2013-03-16 03:01:52 AM
I'm wide open to damned near any type of entertainment, but that show just sucks.
It's not funny, it's not compelling, it's not thought provoking.

If that dumpy girl put her clothes back on, and they added a laugh track, it could be the new "Everybody Loves Raymond".
 
2013-03-16 03:15:12 AM

The_Sponge: Lsherm: If I ever tried that with a woman when I was still dating there would be hell to pay.


As long as you say "please" and "thank you", you're fine.


Agreed.  The scene I saw wasn't one of those times.

/had a girlfriend in college who had no interest in anything sexual except watching me ejaculate.  That got really old after a while.
 
2013-03-16 04:07:55 AM
I never thought it was really a comedy, but the last few weeks it's been going incredibly dark. And the scene that's been mentioned with the guy ejaculating on the woman's chest? The whole sex scene was icky because it read as barely consensual, and was one of the darkest parts of an episode that already was dark and depressing.
 
2013-03-16 07:35:34 AM
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2013-03-16 07:45:24 AM
Is 'Girls' still a comedy? Are headlines with questions still the hallmark of lazy journalism?


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And where the hell was I?
 
2013-03-16 07:50:58 AM
I've never seen the show but I will say they have the best promotional team in America. The farking Amish know about Girls.
 
2013-03-16 08:03:18 AM
Tried to watch it- absolutely none of the characters are endearing at all, and fill every stereotype of the current 20-something generation.
 
2013-03-16 08:30:34 AM

bborchar: Tried to watch it- absolutely none of the characters are endearing at all, and fill every stereotype of the current 20-something generation.


This is why I think it's more funny now than it ever had been, the characters were always so obnoxious without any consequences and now bad things are happening to them and I laugh.
 
2013-03-16 08:30:44 AM
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2013-03-16 09:02:45 AM
Girls was never a comedy to begin with.
 
2013-03-16 09:43:51 AM
There are two reasons to watch "Girls."

1) Soon there will be a director with the charm to convince Allison Williams to truly be naked and not hide behind blankets and man ass.
2) Eventually Cloverfield will attack.
 
2013-03-16 09:50:55 AM
There is nothing funny about naked fat people.
 
2013-03-16 10:02:54 AM
Fat girl
Bad tats
She whines
That's that
 
2013-03-16 10:03:46 AM
I thought it was an elaborate practical joke played on America by Lena Dunham. What else can explain why she is naked so often?!

/it's pure shiat.
//more sad than funny.
 
2013-03-16 10:08:22 AM
I hated it at first, but then my wife got me to sit still for a while and watch an episode.I got great amusement from seeing what this assorted bunch of creepy, old-timey looking criminal Hipster losers and those vapid idiot girls are going to fark up next.

I think it's really just a dark comedy. Lena Dunham is going out of her way to make her character as gross and loopy as possible.
 
2013-03-16 10:45:41 AM
A lot of shows in the last few years seem to be challenging viewers to shut the tv off. It's really weird.

"How much assholery and awfulness can we parade in front of them before they just can't watch anymore?" I haven't watched much tv regularly in the last 2 or 3 years because of it. When the protagonist of every show is a bad guy, I got tired of trying to decide which bad guy I hated least.
 
2013-03-16 10:45:51 AM
I never took it as a comedy. It has some funny parts but I'd consider it more like a coming-of-age drama.

The most recent episode landed somewhere between genius and awful, I couldn't really tell which.
 
2013-03-16 11:07:21 AM
I love the show.  This season is great.  The episode with Hannah and the doctor in his apartment was simultaneously endearing and horrific.

/I'm serious

//*ducks*
 
2013-03-16 11:20:36 AM

ThrnPhl: Girls is supposed to be funny? I watched two episodes once and wanted to go out and punch people in the face.


The AVClub saying Girls "became the one show viewers had to watch if they wanted to keep up with the cultural conversation" made me want to punch them in the face.
 
2013-03-16 11:55:29 AM
I liked the first season and some of this season.  I just find Lena's character unlikeable. The whole jerk-off scene last episode made me cringe.
 
2013-03-16 12:52:44 PM

bborchar: Tried to watch it- absolutely none of the characters are endearing at all, and fill every stereotype of the current 20-something generation.


Yep. A Coworker was trying to defend it to me a few weeks ago by saying "these characters are real. They exist."

Yes, I'm aware that these types of people exist. And i avoid them. I certainly don't wish to stare into their eyeroll-inducing lives for a half hour a week.
 
2013-03-16 01:20:00 PM
I reached my saturation point of "Girls" commentary without ever seeing it. An Onion article about whatsherface shiatting herself during a gynecological appointment was the straw the broke my back. I'd watch an episode, but if it's even halfway as "raw" and "realistic" a look at 20-something white women in the Big City as critics say, well, who wants to watch that shiat?! Even 20-something women can't stand 20-something women. And if it no longer deserves to be called a comedy exactly what redeeming value does it have left?

Also, I've learned to stay very wary of "creative" work that is little more than the author's autobiographic accounts of tepid anecdotes, especially when the author is, you know, a privileged 20-something woman from the Big City.
 
2013-03-16 01:37:00 PM

GreenAdder: Dude. You're putting EW and journalism in the same thought.

That's like calling the 7-Eleven hot dog roller a "restaurant."


Of course, I don't understand why a question mark counts as "lazy" so I'm not sure what subby was suggesting instead of asking the question that they would have asked in the headline anyway,,,
 
2013-03-16 01:52:18 PM
Next episode of "Girls" to feature Lena dunham shiatting herself during a Gyno exam eating a burrito.


http://www.theonion.com/articles/next-episode-of-girls-to-feature-le na -dunham-shiatt,31661/
 
2013-03-16 02:17:25 PM

Trollin4Colon: Next episode of "Girls" to feature Lena dunham shiatting herself during a Gyno exam eating a burrito.


http://www.theonion.com/articles/next-episode-of-girls-to-feature-le na -dunham-shiatt,31661/


Ha, I was just about to post that.

Never seen the show but damn it gets a lot of ink.
 
2013-03-16 02:23:30 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: There are two reasons to watch "Girls."

1) Soon there will be a director with the charm to convince Allison Williams to truly be naked and not hide behind blankets and man ass.
2) Eventually Cloverfield will attack.


1) It'll never happen. Lena will never let anyone female cast member more attractive than her get naked and steal the spotlight.

2) I have my fingers crossed.
 
2013-03-16 02:23:58 PM

Mikey1969: Of course, I don't understand why a question mark counts as "lazy" so I'm not sure what subby was suggesting instead of asking the question that they would have asked in the headline anyway,,,


I wouldn't call question slugs "lazy," but they should be used sparingly. A decent slug should sum up the contents of the article. If the subject is lighthearted enough, you can even get away with a pithy "clever" slug, and then use the deck / subhead to explain the contents.

While I'm really not a fan of EW or entertainment magazines in general, I honestly think this is one of the cases in which you can get away with using a question as your slug. It's concise.
 
2013-03-16 02:23:58 PM
Awful show. I think I'd rather masturbate with sandpaper than watch another episode.
 
2013-03-16 02:44:41 PM

GreenAdder: Mikey1969: Of course, I don't understand why a question mark counts as "lazy" so I'm not sure what subby was suggesting instead of asking the question that they would have asked in the headline anyway,,,

I wouldn't call question slugs "lazy," but they should be used sparingly. A decent slug should sum up the contents of the article. If the subject is lighthearted enough, you can even get away with a pithy "clever" slug, and then use the deck / subhead to explain the contents.

While I'm really not a fan of EW or entertainment magazines in general, I honestly think this is one of the cases in which you can get away with using a question as your slug. It's concise.


That's pretty much what I was thinking, you just wrote it gooder... :-)

I could see it being used as a crutch, but it seems fine here.
 
2013-03-16 04:55:06 PM

ThrnPhl: Girls is supposed to be funny? I watched two episodes once and wanted to go out and punch people in the face.


So much this. And then make the characters punch each other and then set fire to the building they were in.
 
2013-03-16 09:51:38 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: There are two reasons to watch "Girls."

2) Eventually Cloverfield will attack.


mrs. robertus and I watched a handful of episodes in season 1, but then had to ditch our movie channels. If this were to happen, I might have to resubscribe.

/Enjoyed the first couple episodes
//Seems like we're not missing out, and that the show has gone to shiat
 
2013-03-16 09:59:09 PM
ThrnPhl * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-03-16 12:29:34 AM Girls is supposed to be funny? I watched two episodes once and wanted to go out and punch people in the face.
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It's funny on occasion. But it's barely a comedy.

/All you need to know is Lena, who while not Obese is definitely overweight and chunky, is pretty much the only person you see nude. And it's a lot.
//The rest of the girls are all ridiculously hot, but are almost never nude.
///So sad.
 
2013-03-16 10:14:20 PM
Badass Digest's Film Crit Hulk applauded Girls's ambition in a 7,000-word essay last month, comparing it favorably to The Sopranos and the films of Stanley Kubrick

Whoever this is should never be allowed on the Internet again.
 
2013-03-16 10:46:45 PM
It's a well-written, sharply observed show about the most banal people on the planet.

There is genuine talent behind the show, but it's trapped by the decision to focus on unlikeable, unrelatable people.

It does not help that Dunham posits herself as one of our generation's voices.  She may accurately represent the spoiled Brooklyn hipster crowd, but outside of that very narrow field, she does not resonate.

And I say this as a regular viewer.
 
2013-03-17 04:48:11 AM
It's like coyote ugly, only for personalities. If I was stuck listening to these people I'd gnaw an arm off and run away until I collapsed.
 
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