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Just started to watch the show tonight and hit pause.

I've had this thought in the back of my head for some time now.

I like "strange" stuff. That didn't sound good, but I just mean I like "different."

This is the first TV show I can recall, that makes me feel physically uncomfortable in viewing it.

It is like I am a moth to a light. I know I shouldn't do it, but alas I can't stop myself.

The show has won pretty much every award you can win as a TV show.

But I find it hard to watch. It isn't that the lead character is somewhat overweight and is often nude. Heck now I ponder it I am not sure I can think of a single TV show, much less a movie, where a women was nude and she wasn't like 98 pounds. Kudos for them.

That doesn't bother me.

So many other things are so over-the-top it made me write this. Uncomfortable.

Gosh tell me I am not alone here ....

Update: The shows web site is here. On HBO.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:44:42 PM PST

  •  I have not seen it, but good on them (3+ / 0-)
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    webranding, Sychotic1, splashy

    if women are not being portrayed like Playboy Bunnies.

    That's what I love about Mad Men (hey, you're in advertising, you should watch it!): several of the main female characters are voluptuous. And gorgeous. And I'm a gay man!

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:48:27 PM PST

    •  You Pushed Me To Watch Mad Men (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      got through two years and honestly not a fan.

      Girls is a show you should try and get. It is hard to explain if you have not seen it. But it is uncomfortable to watch, at least for me.

      Last week there was a sex scene. Brian Williams (yes the NBC news guy) kid is on the show. She started to have sex with this gay man.

      I keep saying the word uncomfortable, but it was.

      Here is a better way to say this, it is raw.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:58:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Here Is A Perfect Example (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      the show starts today with the main character, unemployed. At a job interview as a journalism. She asks if there is any story they are looking for and the person says:

      You could write about a threesome with people you found on Craiglists or just do a lot of coke and write about that.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:12:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Now Off To Watch This Weeks Show n/t (0+ / 0-)

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:48:44 PM PST

  •  Never heard of it but (0+ / 0-)

    you should be doing promos.  I will definitely have to look it up now.  What made you, or makes you, uncomfortable?

    Everyone! Arms akimbo!

    by tobendaro on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:54:08 PM PST

  •  I watched if for the first time last week (0+ / 0-)

    it's odd. I think it's coming on here now...think I'll tune in!
    PS I only get uncomfortable when people embarrass themselves on tv - but this girl doesn't seem to have any shame!

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:54:18 PM PST

  •  [Suggest Link to Web Site &/or Name Network] nt (1+ / 0-)
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    webranding

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:56:05 PM PST

  •  I find "The Office" so embarrassing (2+ / 0-)
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    mrkvica, flowerfarmer

    I have only rarely been able to watch more than 10 minutes of an episode. I find that strange, because I can watch one South Park after another. lol.

    The blindingly arrogant and stupid stuff they pull on Office just gets me so embarrassed for the characters I can hardly stand it. I know it's illogical, lol.

    I'll have to check out Girls, if I can. The show, I mean, of course.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:01:16 PM PST

    •  I feel the same (1+ / 0-)
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      billmosby

      about a lot of shows. Things unthinkable except for, well, people born in a barn and raised in a pigsty and educated under a bridge* are being done on TV now. Ick.

      _____

      *I was thinking of trolls who live under bridges in folklore, but I Googled it and found that there is now a brave group in New Delhi who are teaching children under a bridge. The Internet is truly a spooky place.

      I suddenly started a blog. http://jglookups.blogspot.com/.

      by JG in MD on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:31:28 AM PST

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  •  Very unlikable people (4+ / 0-)
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    Hoosier Al, devis1, rb608, elmo

    doing degrading, self-destructive, stupid things.

    The most unwatchable show I have seen in TV. Bar none.

    That's from watching the first third of episode 1, but I can't imagine anything subsequent that could redeem it.

    GOP: Bankers, billionaires, suckers, and dupes.

    by gzodik on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:19:29 PM PST

    •  This has been my reaction. (3+ / 0-)
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      webranding, gzodik, LatidaSothere

      My wife and I couldn't get through the first 15 minutes of the very first show.  We have a daughter in the same age range who has worked to make it in Chicago and a son in Baltimore.  If I saw them act like that they would be getting a spanking for the very first time in their lives!

      •  I Can't Make It Through The Show Tonight (2+ / 0-)
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        gzodik, LatidaSothere

        I like to maybe thank art is hard. That you could be offended ..... that isn't a bad thing. But my gosh. I keep watching it thinking maybe I "don't get it." It is above my paygrade. I am not so sure anymore.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:43:22 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  If you want to see (1+ / 0-)
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          letsgetreal

          something interesting, original, and edgy, I recommend Laura Dern's "Enlightened".

          Kooky, idealistic hippie chick working for soulless polluting corporation has a meltdown. She can't be fired for legal reasons, so gets stuck in the basement where they keep the weirdos.

          I alternate between cheering her on and wanting to slap her.  It's something else.

          GOP: Bankers, billionaires, suckers, and dupes.

          by gzodik on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:39:39 PM PST

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      •  This show makes me feel sad for the girls (3+ / 0-)

        They are so desperately trying to grow up and be "free and independent" that they don't often build into their "freedom" a standard of how they should be treated by men.  They also don't seem to have a very high standard of how they should treat men.

        "Fear is the Mind Killer"--Frank Herbert

        by vmm918 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:57:08 AM PST

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        •  I wonder if this is actually how (0+ / 0-)

          young women view themselves today. If so, it's very sad.

          My generation didn't win the sexual revolution so women today could go back to going through the motions of sex without enjoying it. The sex in "Girls" seems so joyless.

          •  I agree....it seems heavily influenced (0+ / 0-)

            by porn and fantasies (mostly male) with women attempting to live out those fantasies as if they were theirs.....in an attempt to please men who think that porn actresses are demonstrating real, feminine sexuality.  Self-respect, my young sisters, should proceed the exercise of sexual choice and freedom......self-respect!!!!

            "Fear is the Mind Killer"--Frank Herbert

            by vmm918 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:45:31 AM PST

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  •  anybody else not own a teevee? (6+ / 0-)

    and find oneself mildly to greatly disturbed by just about everything on it, when one happens to be in the same room?  From commercials to the news, from comedies to dramas, from documentaries to reality shows to sport, from the flashing pictures to the incessant noise, does the whole teevee experience in and of itself disturb any of the rest of you as it does me, regardless of content?

    Anybody with a teevee ever walk away from it for a while, a day or a week or a month, and having returned to their teevee realize how disturbing it is?

  •  Wanna talk uncomfortable? Try watching it (9+ / 0-)

    and having a daughter who's 20.

    It's this generation's Sex and the City, crossed with... I don't know. Raw is a good word. Rawly honest, I fear. Terrifying to parents of 20-something girls.

    Written by, directed by, created by and acted by it's creator, Lena Dunham, who's now 26 years old. She would have been 24, I think, when she sold the show to HBO and started writing/producing/acting in it.

    Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

    by teresahill on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:22:36 PM PST

    •  I Can't Imagine. I've Had A Lot Of Sex (1+ / 0-)
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      elmo

      in my life but the women always wanted to have sex and it wasn't like you see in this show. When I watch the show I wonder if this is the "new normal."

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:28:25 PM PST

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      •  Haven't seen the show, but I've seen lots of (1+ / 0-)
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        splashy

        talk about the show -- and one thing that frequently comes up (from the people I read, anyway) is that this work is honestly from a woman's point of view. Even taking into account the age/regional/generational differences, that's going to be a major frame-shift.

        Google some stuff up when you've got time -- blogs/online mags are probably preferable to traditional newsmedia. I remember seeing some stuff (but not where) discussing differences between men & women reviewers...

        •  Yes, it is most definitely the work of a girl. (3+ / 0-)

          If you consider a mid-20-something a girl. She certainly seems like one to me. A very powerful, intelligent, brave, talented person, but still a girl.

          There was a point in the first episode where she tells her parents she thinks she might be "the voice of her generation or a voice of her generation," and no doubt she is.

          She made a film, using mostly relatives and friends, about a girl graduating from college and moving back home, trying to find a job and find a guy she liked, when she must have been just getting out of college herself. It was shown at Sundance, and from there, she got the HBO show.

          Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

          by teresahill on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:50:35 PM PST

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      •  I want to go to all those girls and say, (3+ / 0-)
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        JG in MD, flowerfarmer, elmo

        "Honey, please stop having really bad sex with boys you hardly know or don't even like."

        I fear we've gone from the days of my mother when girls were told they were sluts if they had sex before marriage to the point where, with my daughter's generation, a lot of them have taken on the idea that they should feel fine having sex with anyone, all the time. Whether they really want to or enjoy it or even know their partner well. That they're being old-fashioned or something, if they don't want to have sex with any body who comes along.

        And I suspect a lot of them are having a lot of really bad sex and then wondering what's wrong with them or that they're just girls who don't like sex.

        Which makes me really sad for them.

        Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

        by teresahill on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:46:10 PM PST

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    •  It really shows many of the guys (0+ / 0-)

      As the selfish creeps they can often be when they are young and haven't figured out things like love, kindness and compassion.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:25:16 PM PST

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  •  Based on what I've read on her (2+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, JesseCW

    and her 3.5M book deal I think I can safely say this is must-miss TV for me.

    •  OK, I've checked out the trailers on YT (0+ / 0-)

      Ugh. This show would annoy me, not unsettle me.

      I was thinking it was something like Harmony Korine's Kids which I still haven't finished- and I like heavy films.

      To those who watch- is it operating on some meta level?

  •  okay episode (2+ / 0-)

    Two for me, I'm somewhere between being with gzodik that this is full of very unlikable people doing self-destructive things and that the whole show is complete snark. Still odd.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:37:33 PM PST

  •  I watched the entire first season (3+ / 0-)
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    webranding, javan, kkjohnson

    and you know, it grows on you.  At first you don't really like the characters much, but they sort of grow on you.

    The main character is played by the writer/creator of the series.  It must be difficult to keep your voice honest and not try to portray 'yourself' in a more flattering light.

    I will be watching the second season.

    "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

    by Sychotic1 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:42:51 PM PST

    •  I was like that with Weeds (1+ / 0-)
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      Sychotic1

      At first I didn't like it, then it grew on me.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:24:04 PM PST

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  •  You're not alone. (0+ / 0-)

    There's something grotesque about it.

  •  check out the indie film (1+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024

    Tiny Furniture, its a feature length version of an episode. Hated it, hate the show.  

    The Sopranos, now that's a show!

  •  I watch it and I think it's funny. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    javan, prfb, splashy, Carol in San Antonio

    But it also reminds me of how insane life can be in your 20's. looking back on my years, I recognize the intensity and confusion, sometimes the hopelessness of life at that age, and how it is the time of your life when you feel immortal. There is a reason this show is winning accolades.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:32:34 PM PST

  •  any program (1+ / 0-)
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    kkjohnson

    that draws the ire of Howard Stern is probably a great program

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:36:14 PM PST

  •  The characters are horrifically obnoxious (0+ / 0-)

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:24:00 PM PST

  •  Can't watch it (2+ / 0-)
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    LatidaSothere, elmo

    Tried, but just find it too self-indulgent and, as you said, over- the-top.

  •  Watched two episodes of season one. (1+ / 0-)
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    elmo

    Didn't like any of the characters (they're really screwed up and totally irredeemable), and it seemed like it was trying too hard to be whatever it's supposed to be.

    The Grand Bargain must be stopped at all costs to protect the 99%.

    by cybrestrike on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 12:12:58 AM PST

  •  What's Up W/ Me? (5+ / 0-)

    I love the show, & I'm a 67 year old grandmother.  I'd never miss it.

    I like the honesty.  It's funny & open.  My relationships were always years long, so I never really had to deal w/ the revolving door boyfriend thing.  And....I've been married for 45 years.  

    Lena Dunham is a genius in my book, but I have to admit I'm not crazy about her choice of tattoos.  Now....Adam Levine has great tats, his actually make sense.    

  •  I like it (2+ / 0-)
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    Carol in San Antonio, kkjohnson

    It's been a couple of decades since I was her age, and her characters' lives aren't a whole lot like mine--but it's amazing to finally see a show that shows how awkward young life (especially, but hardly only, sex) can be.  This wasn't my favorite episode, though it had its points--but fwiw the AV Club's critic says next week's is amazing.

  •  Tried to give it a shot (1+ / 0-)
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    LatidaSothere

    My husband kept telling me, he had heard so many good things about this show from soooo many people.  So he insisted we watch it last night.  I could feel my brain being sucked out through my eyeballs.  I'm sorry, I can not fathom the attraction to this show.  Would prefer a lobotomy--less painful.

  •  Sorry, can't help you. (0+ / 0-)

    We watch almost nothing but 1 or 2 Frazier reruns a night.

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:09:54 AM PST

  •  I would if I had HBO (0+ / 0-)

    I saw her movie Tiny Furniture and thought it was brave and real.

    I guess I'll get to see Girls somewhere in the future after everyone has stopped talking about it. Like I'm just about to watch Season 1 of The Wire on Netflix.

    We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

    by denise b on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:55:29 PM PST

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