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HBO’s “Girls”: The laughs make it worth the discomfort

It is a programme for women disillusioned with the slick image sold to them by "Sex and the City"

By Lucinda Smyth  

Lena Dunham as Hannah ©HBO

“I don’t give a shit about anything, yet I simultaneously have an opinion on everything, even topics I’m not informed about,” says Hannah Horvath, the protagonist of HBO’s Girls, in the first episode of the sixth and final season. If Hannah has ever summed herself up in a sentence, then this might be it. Narcissistic, flippant, witty, and cripplingly self-aware, Hannah (Lena Dunham) is an embodiment of the “millennial” temperament. She has high expectations, dwindling self-esteem, and no salary. She wants to have her voice heard,…

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