Episodes: 62 (half-hour)
TV show dates: April 15, 2012 — April 16, 2017
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Adam Driver.
TV show description:
This comedic TV show takes a look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of New York girls in their early 20s.
Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) believes that she has the talent to be a great writer — once she actually writes something. In the meantime, she’s trying to hold down a paying job because her parents have cut her off financially and she’s without a safety net for the first time in her life. Things get further complicated because of her unrequited passion for her pseudo-boyfriend Adam but she’s not sure that she’s ready for something that grown-up.
Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams) is Hannah’s roommate and her best friend. Highly responsible and very put-together, she has a very adult job at a very adult art gallery and a serious, long-term boyfriend — neither of which she can admit she might not even like.
Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke) is beautiful, British, and occasional nanny who has traveled to as many different countries as she’s had boyfriends. Back in the Big Apple for the first time in years, she moves in with her cousin Shoshanna and is ready to shake up her friends’ lives.
Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet) is Jessa’s younger and bubblier American cousin. A virgin with Sex and the City dreams and Brooklyn nightmares, her friends tend to dismiss her as a suburban innocent, but she consistently proves to be a surprising source of wisdom.
Adam Sackler (Adam Driver) is the guy Hannah sleeps with sometimes — when he decides to answer her texts. He’s an actor-writer-woodworker with a small subsidy from his grandmother and a love of dirty talk (and even dirtier sex). There might be more to him than meets the eye, but it’s going to take Hannah some time to figure it out. Meanwhile, she will continue to show up on his doorstep dressed as a sex witch.
Episode 62 — Latching
Marnie surprises Hannah at her home upstate. Admitting that she doesn’t have much going on in her life since her band dissolved, Marnie explains she’d like to help Hannah raise the baby. Hannah accepts the offer.A new mom, Hannah takes baby Grover to the doctor for a checkup. He’s in great health, but Hannah’s concerned because Grover won’t breastfeed. She’s worried that it will interfere with their relationship. The doctor reassures her that everything is okay. As she and Marnie are driving home, Marnie states her case for breastfeeding. She claims people who were breastfed are more likely to be successful.
After numerous attempts to breastfeed Grover, Hannah gives up and gives him a bottle. Marnie tries to help her, but only causes Hannah to stress out more. Marnie tells Hannah about a jazz event in a nearby town that she wants to go to. Hannah immediately shoots the idea down because it would mean Marnie leaving her alone with the baby.
The next morning Hannah wakes up to discover Marnie called in reinforcements: Loreen. Hannah vents to Loreen about her experience as a mother thus far. She admits to being afraid she’ll raise Grover to have all her flaws. Loreen doles out some tough love, forcing Hannah to face the reality of her situation like an adult. Rather than take responsibility, Hannah storms out of the house.
Loreen walks in on Marnie having phone sex. Marnie is mortified when she joins Loreen downstairs. Loreen jokes about the whole situation, then recommends Marnie take some time to figure out what she wants from life.
As Hannah wanders her neighborhood, she runs into a teenage girl who’s clearly in distress. Hannah jumps to the conclusion the girl is danger. She soon finds out the girl ran away from home because she didn’t want to do her homework. Hannah gives her a stern lecture, but the girl isn’t receptive and runs away.
Hannah makes her way home. Going upstairs to tend to Grover, she finally gets him to latch. The two sit together, while Hannah sings softly to her son. (Courtesy HBO.)
First aired: April 16, 2017.
What do you think? Are you a fan of this HBO comedy series? Do you think that it should have ended with season six? Would you have watched a seventh season?