TV Club: Hannah and Marnie have a much-needed breakthrough in a terrific Girls

As many recent essays and oral histories have argued, Girls has had an outsize influence on television that it doesn’t get credit for, at least not as much as it once did. One pillar of the show’s legacy is its diligent efforts to blur the lines between comedy and drama. Lena Dunham revels in the grey area between the tragic and the comic, evinced by such early scenes as Hannah bombing a job interview because she simply couldn’t help making a weird joke about date rape. Despite Girls‘ long history of experimenting with tone, there are few examples of the show hitting the sweet spot for an entire episode. Season five seemed like a return to form because suddenly it seemed like the sliders on the Girls‘ soundboard were finally at just the right levels. But it was more like the achievement of a balance the show …

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