Everyone has been talking about this. I watched both of the first two episodes, but I have nothing really deep or insightful to say about it.
It’s sort of humorous, but never comes remotely close to being hysterically funny.
The dialog is extremely stilted. I think that’s a combination of bad writing and trying to be humorous in a Woody Allenesque type of way.
The writer may have been reading the blog formerly known as Roissy in DC, because one of the lead female characters has a beta male boyfriend of four years who is wonderful to her, and she hates him for being too beta, and she can’t even look at him while they are having sex.
The main character (Lena Dunham’s character) has a boyfriend (really a guy she sees twice a month to have sex with) who’s not especially good-looking, and he makes her indulge in pathetically beta sexual fantasies, but she puts up with it because--well it’s not clear why she puts up with it. She doesn’t appear to enjoy the sex very much. If there’s any message to the show, it’s that young women have lots of sex but don’t really enjoy having sex. They force themselves to be slutty because it’s expected of them.
One thing I like about the show is that the girls look and talk (accent-wise) like real SWPL girls you would see in Brooklyn. They don’t look like Maxim models or like Snooki. The actresses are all untalented daughters of rich parents, so they are just playing themselves; that's why it's so realistic.
There was an uproar at the NY Times this week about how the show is racist because the four lead characters are white, but the show is about SWPLs living in Greenpoint, so they wouldn’t be SWPLs if they weren’t white. Anyway, it’s pretty realistic that an apartment in Greenpoint shared by twenty-somethings would be all-white. Greenpoint is very strictly divided into three categories of residents: working-class Polish people who are white, poor Hispanic people living in rent-controlled units in multi-family houses that the Polish owners can’t kick out because of the rent control laws (the Polish owners would prefer to rent to SWPLs), and SWPLs who fall into two distinct sub-categories: white hipsters, and white professionals. Greenpoint doesn’t attract Asian professionals who prefer Long Island City. There is probably one black Oreo type living somewhere in Greepoint.