Girls Season 3 Review “Females Only” & “Truth or Dare”

It’s no secret that Girls is an imperfect show about imperfect characters, and for two years it been one of the most determinedly frustrating viewer experiences on the box. Will that change in its third season, which kicked off with dual episodes ‘Females Only’ and ‘Truth or Dare’? It’s too early to tell for sure, but this premiere night was a strong return for a show that’s never really reached its peak. The best thing you can say is that, for a series that’s always seemed rather ramshackle and thrown together, there looks to be a definite arc forming for this third run.

The first episode was rooted in New York, where Adam and Hannah are existing in their version of domestic bliss, Shoshanna is enjoying her new singledom and Marnie is free-falling once again after the departure of Charlie (by fault of the actor’s departure, rather than intended story). As has always been the case, Adam Driver is the best part of any scene he’s in, and now even the show (or more accurately, writer Lena Dunham) has realized this fact. These girls are vapid and ridiculous and, by pushing that element to the extreme and having Adam play the exasperated straight-man, I started enjoying the episodes a lot more.



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