BY: DIANA SANGLAB
Displaying the ups and downs of friendships and relationships is hardly new in the world of television, but there's a charm "Girls" that keeps viewers going; it's uncomfortable at times, but it still feels natural thanks to the strong performances by the actors. "Girls" has never been one of those popcorn tv shows that you can put on in the background while doing homework; characters are bound to ruffle your feathers at some point in time with its sometimes over-the-top raw humor.
While the first season tried hard to be comedic, the second season mostly attempted to justify why things are the way they are in terms of the characters (particularly Hannah) and the relationships within the show. We see our main characters struggling along further with their friendships, relationships and briefly touch about work.
Especially by the end, it becomes even more clear just exactly how dysfunctional Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver) really are, and how they try to hide it from themselves and others. Their relationship, like the beginning, has always been a roller coaster of unexpectedness and has a sort of mindless grind to it, but there is some insight as to how much they really do care and actually understand one another.
When one feels the need to take a break from Hannah's first world problems and seemingly increasing mental issues, the show falls back on the more tv-familiar characters of Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa. If there's a theme throughout the show, it's the discovery of oneself in new situations. Marnie finds herself applying for a "pretty girl" job: hosting at the local club. Shoshanna is exploring the playing field now that she's lost her virginity, and Jessa is dealing with in-laws from her impromptu marriage.
This season takes two steps forward and one step back. Hannah and Adam have more depth to one another, and everyone is going through some unexpected development in their lives. The drama and ridiculousness of this season add a focus to the show that the first season lacked, but at the same time, add a sort melodramatic tone to it that makes it hard to sympathize with.
"Girls" has received critical acclaim yet criticism at the same time, and this show is always going to be one of those shows where you love it or you hate it.
There is no in-between.
With strong contenders like "Modern Family" and "30 Rock", the chances for "Girls" to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy decreases. However, with its win at the Golden Global Awards this year, "Girls" may just come out on top.