Unless you’ve just gotten internet service today in your cave buried under rocks (and if that’s the case, congrats! Catch up on your memes!), you may have heard of a little HBO show called “Girls.” People are calling it “funny and creative” and “unsettling” and all sorts of things in between. Perhaps the best sum-up comes from Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times: “Though wildly smart, ‘Girls’ is a difficult show to love.” Or, as two separate people remarked in my Facebook feed: “I hated ‘Girls’ and will continue to watch it.”
Basically, the internet has used up all its words on “Girls.” Based on the media storm surrounding this show, I could’ve sworn it had been on TV for months already — when it actually just premiered April 15th.
Even before the show premiered, some people had had just about enough of girls — all girls — on TV. Lee Aronsohn, co-creator of “Two and a Half Men”, recently commented on the spate of female-centric comedies, noting, “Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods.” He added this gem: “[W]e’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.” He’s right, you know, ladies. It’s really about time we gave men the chance to succeed on the boob tube. Maybe Mr. Aronsohn can’t count beyond 2.5?
I don’t know about labia saturation (?) but I do think the media coverage of “Girls” has reached a saturation point. As Mr. Aronsohn generously pointed out, there are many vaginas on TV and they’re not all relegated to that one HBO show. This ’11-’12 season, specifically, has introduced us to a great new bunch of TV series featuring female friends. So maybe Lena Dunham, et al could use a break while we give some shout-outs to other new vaginas on TV.
Here are three of my favorite new shows centered around funny and interesting ladies: