The ferocious scrutiny received by Lena Dunham’s show around women, bodies, privilege and diversity transformed the way viewers interact with entertainment
It’s a sign of how much Girls came to disrupt modern TV that its impact has been far greater than the number of viewers who actually watched it; people who have barely seen an episode are likely to have an opinion on Lena Dunham, its creator and star. Now, after five years, what became one of television’s most talked-about shows has ended, and with its last season it proved itself to be a remarkable comedy, against all the noise that came to surround it.
Girls emerged into an increasingly toxic and polarised climate, particularly online. Twitter appears in its first season, not yet the locus for the rabid exchange of insults that it would soon develop into, but to frame the largely appalling characters’ self-obsession. It seems naive, today.
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