TV Club: Our Girls are growing up in a charming, low-key fifth season premiere

Early this year came rumblings about the impending end of Girls, with sources close to the production claiming Lena Dunham plans to make the sixth season the show’s last. It’s generally a mistake to conflate text and context, but doing so is especially tempting with a show like Girls, which shuffles along so casually that it’s difficult to conceptualize what an endgame might look like. That might sound like an insult, but it’s actually a compliment to how credibly Dunham and co-showrunner Jenni Konner have rendered this narrow slice-of-life. Adult life—especially when it’s just beginning—is difficult, weird, messy, and confusing, and it doesn’t comport to the rules of dramatic structure. Girls captures that quarter-life uncertainty in an authentic way, but the consequence of that authenticity is an often frustrating viewing experience, even for those most passionate about the show. The fits and …

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