HBO’s ‘Girls’ — Why We Have A Love/Hate Relationship With The Show

If you haven’t heard about HBO’s new show, “Girls,” directed by and starring Lena Dunham, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past few weeks. It’s been years since we’ve seen so much virtual ink spilled overa television show, particularly one targeting women.

Wading among the “I LOVE this show” and “I have SO MANY problems with this show” reviews, we find ourselves somewhere in the middle. At times, it’s scary how much the show manages to reflect our lives (have they bugged our apartments?), but then minutes later has us saying, “Really?! No one’s that clueless!”

Ultimately what we’ve realized is that there’s such a reaction to this show because there’s nothing like it on TV, no other show that depicts relatable 20-something women. There are plenty of shows that offer dramatic fantasy and escapism — the networks have you covered when it comes to vampires and rich kids — but not so many that try to show regular women, with all of their problems and flaws, in their day-to-day lives.

But that is part of the difficulty with “Girls.” The show aims for realism, which can be a little uncomfortable for the viewer who either ends up reliving difficult memories — like the time they said the wrong thing in an interview or the myriad bad decisions they’ve made in relationships — or is pained watching characters make one poor choice after another. Maybe the reason there are so few shows that focus on 20-somethings is because growing up and figuring oneself out is such a messy process, full of frustration and mistakes that we’d rather forget than relive now that we’ve learned our lessons.

On the other hand, those same everyday banalities are what make “Girls” endearing — the show also lets us relive dancing around the room with friends blasting our favorite song and all those…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “My favorite app is Amazon, because it's so convenient. I can order things on Prime with just a few clicks.”—Female, 27, PA 

For the first time, YouTube has been named as kids’ favorite brand. Market research looking at brand awareness, love, and popularity, and found that the content-sharing platform is the top ranked brand among 6-12-year-olds. Beating out Oreo, M&M’s, and Hershey’s—and media brands like Disney and Nickelodeon—YouTube made its way to the top from seventh place last year because “user-generated content is relatable and aspirational.” Parents weren’t far behind in their approval: YouTube came in 13th on their ranked brand list and 94% say they love or like the brand. (MediaPost)

Specialty backpacks and old-school sandals are trending for back-to-school shopping. Google’s analysis of searches and YouTube traffic reveals that although Herschel’s backpack dominated last year, “the top five [backpacks] for 2016 cover a wider range of styles and functionality.” The most searched backpack this year is from Victoria Secret’s Pink brand, and the second most searched is from Sprayground, which is known for their bold designs and celebrity collaborations. For most popular shoes, Birkenstocks takes the lead for the third year in a row, with search traffic rising 46% from last year. (Adweek

Coffee retailers are capitalizing on Millennials’ cold brew obsession. Cold brew—coffee made through a more complex “extraction method to get more nuanced bean flavors that lack the typical acidity and bitterness of a regular cup of Joe”— has trended thanks to young consumers’ love for iced coffee and authenticity. Sales have increased by 115% from 2014-2015, resulting in $7.9 million in revenue, and brands have taken notice. Dunkin Donuts’s play for “Starbucks-loving Millennials” includes adding cold brew coffee to locations nationwide. (BarkleyCNBC

About a third of 18-34-year-olds are still living at home, but it’s more likely to be happening in certain states. According to 2014 census data, New Jersey has the highest population of Millennials living with their parents at 43.9%. Connecticut and New York followed with 38.8% and 37.4% respectively, signifying the the trend is mostly happening within states that have more expensive rental markets. The lowest rates are where “land is plentiful and people are scarce:” North Dakota had 15.7% of young adults living at home and Wyoming had 18.7%. (Curbed NY)

A popular Snapchat series is making its way to the TV screen. Comedy Central’s Swag-A-Saurus With James Davis became the network’s most watched series on their standalone Snapchat Discover channel.  The digital hit features Davis explaining slang terms like ‘Bye, Felicia’ and ‘Looking Friday,’ and by January 2017 it will become its own TV show bringing together “urban and mainstream comedy.” Davis promises the show will be “lit,” and says he’s “excited to work with a network that embraces [his] point-of-view and purpose-driven comedy.” (Tubefilter

Quote of the Day: “My favorite app is Facebook Messenger because it doesn't tempt me to spend money and it helps me keep in touch with friends.”—Female, 20, IN

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