Girls: Season Six

12 February 2017 DVD

Girls: Season Six

Photograph by Mark Schafer

As it heads into its final season, the days when Girls was at the cutting edge of cultural commentary are long gone. The idea of a comedy series about aimless millennial women quickly proved bigger than the series itself: Broad City and Search Party have darted through the door Girls opened and arguably did it better, while the career of writer/director/creator Lena Dunham now exists separately from the show that launched her. Ironically, the show’s breakout star was the man in the “girlfriend” role, Adam Driver, while of the four female leads, spare wheel Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is the one who’s built an acting career outside the show. The media spotlight may have moved on, but have the girls grown up?

After years of struggle, Hannah (Dunham) has finally made it. Her New York Times piece, ‘Losing My Best Friend to My Ex-Boyfriend’ – about the relationship between Adam (Driver) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) – is a hit, with the entire cast of characters shown reading it while nodding approvingly. But where to now? For Hannah it’s a staff job (though it’s a bit of a downer to hear that even if her writing sucked they would have hired her “for her look”) where the first assignment is to infiltrate a surf school where rich white women go to indulge their surf fantasies.

Meanwhile, Marnie (Allison Williams) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) are happily living together, only Marnie’s online therapist says she needs alone time while processing her divorce from Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Ray doesn’t want to move back into the sex dungeon Adam and Jessa have turned his apartment into, but is staying with his ex, Shoshanna, really such a good idea?

Girls has always been about Hannah first and her friends (who we occasionally forget to check in with for a while) second, but that’s actually a strength. Hannah herself is so self-absorbed – her job pitch for herself is that “I give zero fucks about anything but I have a strong opinion on everything”– that having friends around too often dilutes her strengths as a comedy narcissist. So it seems that the ending will be more about the fate of the group than the characters as individuals; together or separate, they’ll keep on living in their own world. They’ll just be leaving us out of it.

by Anthony Morris

» Girls Season Six starts on Foxtel Showcase, 15 February.

This article first appeared in Ed#530 of The Big Issue. For more arts content, including interviews with Matthew Reilly and Sampha, grab a copy from your vendor today! 

Anthony Morris