HBO premieres new guilty pleasure show

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Girls, they run the world. At least that seems to be the direction Hollywood has been headed lately.

Recently, movies and television shows have been taking a new angle by making a female the leading character in a movie or show. Everyone else has seemed to jump on the bandwagon with hit shows like “2 Broke Girls” and “New Girl” and the movie that seems to pinpoint the entire fad, “Bridesmaids.”

Now there’s a new show on television that is taking the power of women into its own hands.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 1.1 million viewers tuned into HBO on Sunday night for the pilot episode of “Girls.”

The show is about four 20-something girls living in New York City, each at a different place in their lives.

First, there is Hannah, played by Lena Dunham, who we learn in the episode is being cut off financially from her parents. They have supported her through her internship in New York City, which was supposed to turn into a job but instead lasted two years.

Then there is Marnie, played by Allison Williams, who is Hannah’s good friend and roommate. In the first episode we learn she really values her friendships.

Next, you meet Jessa, played by Jemima Kirke, who has been traveling the world and has just returned home to Manhattan only to be living on her cousin’s couch.

Shoshana, Jessa’s cousin, played by Zosia Mamet, doesn’t play a big role in this episode. All we learn about her is that she has an undying love for “Sex and the City.”

Like any television show, it’s hard to tell right off the bat whether or not it’s likeable.

Personally, I always give a television series three episodes before I make my final decision on whether I like it not. But that doesn’t stop me from forming an opinion before all the episodes have aired.

There was a lot of hype for this show, so from the beginning I was expecting it to be good. I was, however, slightly disappointed.

I thought the only jokes I heard throughout the half-hour program were what I had already seen in previews. They were funny, nonetheless, but I was expecting more.

I do, however, have to counter my last argument with this is only the first episode. It’s very rare to watch a pilot episode and enjoy from the start. Some shows take a little getting used to. One must learn the characters and the different aspects about each one.

One thing I loved about the episode is how real everything portrayed was. It drew me in enough to want to watch the next episode.

“Girls” plays out a lot of situations that many young women (and men, too, for that matter) go through.

There is surely something almost anyone could relate to.

The show covers all problems that many young people face in the first episode alone, which include losing a job, falling in and out of love, unwanted or unplanned pregnancies, sex, drugs, traveling and being cut off from your parents.

Need another reason to check out the show? Try this: Lena Dunham not only stars in the show as Hannah, but she also created, wrote, and directed the series.

She was also able to get Judd Apatow to co-produce the show.

Apatow is known for his work on films such as “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express” and “Bridesmaids,” along with many other hits.

All in all, it’s worth the half hour to at least give this show a shot.