Girls: Season Five

Review by CJ

Girls - Season 5

Lena Dunham, Jesse Peretz, Richard Shepard, Jamie Babbit, Alex Karpovsky, Jenni Konner

Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Tami Sagher, Sarah Heyward, Murray Miller, Jason Kim, Judd Apatow, Max Brockman, Yassir Lester

Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Jake Lacy

Other notable appearances:
Rita Wilson, Corey Stoll, Gaby Hoffman, Peter Scolari, Becky Ann Baker, Jon Glaser, Ethan Phillips, Lucy Liu, Jason Ritter, Christopher Abbott, Colin Quinn, Lisa Bonet

Running time:
Approx 30 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:


In season five of Girls, Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Williams), Jessa (Kirke) and Shoshanna (Mamet) survive: another wedding; an unstable roommate; a new de facto situation; forbidden love; a flailing business; an overseas move; a spa retreat; lesbian experimentation; an affair; a broken friendship; workplace sexual harassment; another divorce; a music tour; a failed road trip; a failed blow job; an abandoned child; business rebranding; an open mic night; grand theft bicycle; and another break up.

The character development in Girls is still outstanding with further progress throughout season five. The development isn’t always focused around the main four girls or their significant others either. A great example is Hannah’s parents who both make interesting progress throughout season five.

This season even saw my ongoing annoyance with Marnie abated. I’m not sure if it is because she was less grating or because she was featured less but it was a nice change. Though my disappointment in Jessa may have also overwhelmed my annoyance at Marnie somewhat.

I feel the fact that the characters in Girls make the viewers feel such real emotions, even ones like disappointment and annoyance, is a testament to the writing and depth of the characters created on-screen.

I don’t know where the Girls crew find the music that goes on the soundtracks for each episode but I greatly appreciate their efforts. The music always fits well with what is happening in the scenes or in the overall episode.

With every season, Girls only gets better. This fifth season is the second last with next season being the series final. Now is as good a time as any to meet or catch up with four of the sassiest girls on television.

4.5 Stars

“You’re an adult. She’s a baby. Why do you need more help than a baby?”

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