Whatever be your thoughts on HBO's Girls (and if you're like everyone else on the internet, you have a lot of thoughts) – Lena Dunham and her merry band of dysfunctional twentysomethings return to the small screen this Sunday, at 10 p.m. We've been warned to expect a naked female body or two; accordingly, one loudmouthed sadist has already raised a stink.
Regardless: if you like Girls, perhaps you do so because the show's nouveau-mumblecore writing perfectly echoes the voice of your own neurotic, quarter-life crisis. Then again, the show might just be the easiest way to explain your indolent Brooklyn art life to your parents. Even if you're not a devoted fan of Zosia Mamet's prim Carrie Bradshaw disciple or Jemima Kirke's erratic, hysterical princess – you've seen an episode or four. You also might keep coming back because there's something hypnotic about a woman who is unabashed about how she's portrayed to a highly critical public. There's also that.
Dunham should probably be credited as the leader of a movement – her show has motivated dozens and dozens of prime-time homages, web-series', blogs, and even an off-off Broadway play. So as you prepare for this Sunday – whatever may come – you'd do well to respect the legacy.
...And better yet, ramp up to full half-hour programming by revisiting (or discovering!) one of these lesser known, funny-female-made web-series'. They'll each have you rethinking “lady-like,” just in time for those...heavens forbid!...naked women on the telly.
Drunk Girls in Heels, created by a fledgling trifecta of new comediennes, lampoons and loves the well-worn trope that is the "metro party girl." Think Sex and the City...if no one ever left the bar.
VAG Magazine, composed of a skilled cast of ladies from the Upright Citizens Brigade, is a show about a self-proclaimed “hipster third wave feminist magazine” struggling with its own day-to-day upkeep. Bonus fact: this show features a pre-SNL Kate McKinnon. Also, it is especially funny to us.
...and Chloe and Zoe, from the far coast, is about two listless friends who have trouble leaving the house.