When Girls launched onto our screens back in 2012, there was a collective gasp of trepidation and excitement. Was this the show to fill the empty void that had been left in our lives from the disappearance of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda? Would it live up to the hype coming from across the pond? Would it truly reflect and resonate with the life of a 20-something here in Ireland?
We all let a sigh of relief when it gave us all that and more.
Following the life of the main character Hannah, and her best friends Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna. The hardships they faced with their relationships, together and with partners. Their school and careers and living in a city that they basically couldn’t afford all seemed to strike a chord with the struggles a lot of young people were facing here in Ireland at the time.
As a 20-something year old (at the time it was released that is), I could see myself and my life reflected in the show – only a tab bit more dramatic. Was I a Jessa? A Hannah? A Marnie? Or a mixture of all? I was struggling with my 5-year plans, struggling with my relationships and yes, I did like to party on occasion. This was a show that reflected my life more so than any other before this.
If I’m honest, I was much too young when Sex And The City came out to fully understand it – I’ve caught up now, don’t worry.
I never missed an episode and watched each episode faithfully throughout all the seasons. Although, about midway through season 3 I started to get a niggling feeling of discomfort. The characters weren’t speaking to me in the way they usually had. They weren’t as likable. They were selfish. They were mean. They didn’t have each other’s backs. Girl Power seemed long forgotten. And it made me wonder if there was truth in how the show was portraying 20-something females in the 21st century. Were we a generation of narcissistic, selfish party-animals?
And this is why I fell out of love with the show.
So no, I don’t think we are the portrayals they show. I look at myself, my family and my friends and we are not a vacuous, non-caring generation. Of course our lives and our goals are important to us, but not at the expense of others. Yes, we are caught up with the 24/7 information being thrown at us from the internet, but we still make time for people. Our friends, our family and our relationships are important to us, and I won’t let a show tell me otherwise.
I haven’t made up my mind about watching this season, and maybe I’ll get sucked in purely to give out about it (we do love a bit of complaining now don’t we?). We’re still a little far from the launch date of February 12th 2017, but you can check out the new (very short) trailer below.