'Girls' is a Sunday night must-see 0
Still of Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams in 'Girls'. (HBO)
With apologies to Game of Thrones, HBO's Girls has become our must-see Sunday night appointment viewing. (Fear not, we're still PVRing the Lannisters to watch later in the week.)
Created by, written by and starring 26-year-old Lena Dunham, Girls is a funny, honest and awkward look at young women in Manhattan, an antidote to the glamorous escapism that was Sex and the City.
The series hasn't been without criticism, though, ranging from the overly clever writing (c'mon, is that something to gripe about?) to a lack of non-white characters (though Community's Donald Glover will be appearing in Season 2.)
And some fans have rightly complained that the girls on Girls seems to have the worst sex lives possible. Virtually every depiction of hooking up on the show is some combination of humiliating, disappointing or painful.
Hopefully things get a bit better as the season continues.
Maybe Carrie Bradshaw can be called in to consult. Here then is our episode guide to the worst sex of all the bad sex so far:
Episode 1 - Pilot
After being fired from an unpaid job, Hannah (Lena Dunham) seeks solace in the arms of Adam (Adam Driver), who tells her to get undressed and lie face down on his ratty sofa while he goes to get some lube.
"Please don't do that. That feels awful." -- Hannah.
Episode 2 - Vagina Panic
Marnie (Allison Williams) is so repulsed by her longtime boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott) that she orders him to switch sex positions so she doesn't have to look him in the face. Meanwhile, Adam tells Hannah to role-play a prostitute during sex.
"You were a junkie, and you were only 11." -- Adam
Episode 3 - All Adventurous Women Do
After discovering she has HPV, Hannah looks up her college flame and finds out he was gay while they were dating.
"You know what I'm going to do from now on? Ask people if they're gay before I have sex with them." -- Hannah
Episode 4 - Hannah's Diary
While Hannah deals with an explicit texted photo from Adam that was meant for another girl, sweet Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) meets an old crush from sleepaway camp and is on the verge of losing her virginity, until the guy flatly refuses to punch her v-card.
"Except for the fact I haven't had sex I'm like totally not even a virgin." -- Shoshanna
Episode 5 - Hard Being Easy
Charlie and Marnie have make-up sex until Marnie declares, mid-coitus, that she wants to break up; Jessa (Jemima Kirke) has uncomfortable-looking half-out-the-window sex that seems to last all of 15 seconds.
"You heard me, you filthy boy. I want cab money." - Hannah
Episode 6 - The Return
Hannah hooks up with an old friend who is alarmed by her attempt to stick her finger where he doesn't want it. Then Hannah's dad (Peter Scolari) is injured during shower sex with Hannah's mom (Becky Ann Baker). Maybe awkward sex knows no age boundaries.
"I just want to have sex." - Hannah's slightly exasperated friend