‘Girls’ Final Season Celebrates Half-Years and Moving Forward

(Image Credit: HBO)

(Image Credit: HBO)

Last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Girls projects Marnie forward in new and exciting ways that seem to be trending this season. As Marnie storms out of her manipulating-husband-infested apartment, she walks into experiences outside of her repeated codependent behavior, and consequently, into troubling situations that only she can save herself from. It is this moment that we have been waiting for, and it is Marnie’s shining proclamation of independence at the end that heralds her as a new woman, cultivating her life in meaningful ways outside of what she expected— outside of the marriage she always wanted, and the lifestyle she thought she would always lead. This notion—that there is life outside choices you see others making around you—is uncomfortable, but the most authentically progressive movement I have seen of Marnie since that awkward song she sang to Ray way back when he was dating Shoshanna.

Marnie is not the only character cutting a path through a tangled twenties experience. I’m all for taking control of your sexuality and nurturing healthy relationships that harness your ties to each other in both physical and emotional ways, but Hannah’s selfish behavior continues to bubble to the surface when she deletes Fran’s nudes from ex-loves—an honest conversation might have been a healthier decision, but hindsight is always 20/20, and I can’t say that I wouldn’t have done the same. However, paired with her unconditional support of her father’s burgeoning exploration of his sexuality, it is her refusal to take Fran’s overprotective and overzealous teaching advice that makes me applaud her movement towards an independence that allows room for others to rely on her for a change.

Shoshanna’s time has been long overdue. I have always felt Shosh’s character as underused—I always  am left wanting to know more about her when an episode ends—but this season proves she carries her weight in this show as someone who has arguably taken the biggest steps towards an adulthood she understands while staying true to herself. Her cultural exposure this season is both becoming and pushes her to a sophistication that I know I have personally always wanted from her character. I see her in more vibrant color than ever—maybe it has something to do with that apartment in which she lived, which I now want so badly, but anyway—and I’m looking forward to seeing her next moves.

Jessa’s transformation, while less physically dramatic, is still revolutionary for her character. She has gone down some pretty deep and dark rabbit holes in past seasons, but here she is finally clawing her way to her own light. Known for her eccentric lifestyle choices, Jessa proves this season that the winds change and so do we. Her treatment of those she loves, particularly Hannah, has not shifted, but her decisions moving forward have. Selfish as ever in her decision to pursue Adam regardless of Hannah, Jessa’s decisions are proof positive that her character is growing in strength and independence, as she sheds the veil of friendship she so loosely upheld. This season shows a more vulnerable Jessa that is fighting urges and making decisions that reflect her push towards a more thorough and happier self.

The important thing to note is that in this season, perhaps more so than in any other, we have seen monumental change for these characters. Marnie, Hannah, Shoshanna, and Jessa are more independent and less likely to crumble the minute anyone asks anything of them. They are stronger in their selfhood, even though their certainty is never absolute. However, perhaps the most significant trait of this season is that through their decisions, through their growth, through their movement forward, these characters stay grounded in experiences that make them relatable—maybe even too much so. That’s why we love them. That’s why we hate them. That’s why we watch every Sunday. That “25 and a half” years that Marnie boasted of in this Sunday’s episode is taking on new life, shaping these individuals into functioning characters that we understand as we grow older and not necessarily wiser, but at least we’re getting there.

 

For your thoughts on Girls this season, please leave a comment below! I would love to hear your opinion!

Our 5 Most Anticipated Winter TV Premieres

(Image Credit: HBO)

(Image Credit: HBO)

The holidays are over and all the good parts about winter – time off school or work and a justification for eating cookies & drinking gingerbread lattes every day – are sadly behind you. All that stretches ahead are a few long months of winter, which could be pretty depressing if you’re not into cold days and short hours of sunlight. Fortunately, there is some consolation: this winter is a great time for TV! You may not feel like getting out much, but you don’t have to with so much TV to watch! Check out our top 5 picks for TV shows debuting new seasons this winter:

(Image Credit: The CW)

(Image Credit: The CW)

The 100 (1/21 @ 9pm EST on The CW)

This is not the first time we’ve waxed poetic about the virtues of The 100 here at TDQ. (Check out our Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching The 100.) If you haven’t seen the show before, binge seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix immediately so you can enjoy the season 3 premiere. Once you get through the first few episodes (which are admittedly a bit…teenager show-y) The 100 finds its footing and you will be HOOKED. The show is sort of a YA Battlestar Galactica, with layered characters grappling with difficult choices, and it’s never predictable. Don’t count it out just because it’s on The CW – it’s hardcore!

(Image Credit: TV Land)

(Image Credit: TV Land)

Younger (1/13 @ 10pm EST on TV Land)

This show is a bit off the radar since it airs on TV Land, but I recently caught the New Year’s marathon of season 1 and plowed through the entire season in a few days. Series creator Darren Star is known for Sex and the City, and there is definitely a similar vibe to this show, though it is certainly less scandalous. The show stars Sutton Foster as a 40-year-old trying to pass as a 26-year-old to get back in the workforce, and it’s both funny and poignant.

(Image Credit: ABC Family/Freeform)

(Image Credit: ABC Family/Freeform)

Pretty Little Liars (1/12 @ 8pm EST on ABC Family/Freeform)

I can’t, in good conscience, say that Pretty Little Liars is a good show, exactly…but it is an entertaining one. If nothing else it has ridiculous moments (like the dramatic chickpeas) to look forward to, and after years of investment in this story, I’m curious to see where the Liars are after the much talked about 5 year time jump. There’s basically a 100% chance I will never make sense of the plot of this show, but at this point the Liars feel like old friends – it’s still fun to visit with them every week, even if nothing makes sense!

(Image Credit: ABC)

(Image Credit: ABC)

Marvel’s Agent Carter (1/19 @ 9pm EST on ABC)

While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has barely held my attention over the past two seasons, last year’s Agent Carter miniseries was everything S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to be but can never seem to manage: A strong, resourceful female protagonist who is actually likable, a great mix of action, suspense, and humor, and a story simple enough to follow but complex enough to keep things interesting. The general lack of superhuman abilities and the retro setting also give Agent Carter a unique place in the Marvel universe. I look forward to another adventure with Peggy Carter this year!

(Image Credit: HBO)

(Image Credit: HBO)

Girls (2/21 @ 10pm EST on HBO)

Hannah Horvath the sort of character you either love or love to hate, but you have to admit she’s always interesting, particularly when you throw in her equally polarizing group of friends. Girls is entertaining because it simultaneously empathizes with and pokes fun at the millennial culture it portrays. You can watch it and relate to it, or you can watch it and feel good about the fact that you can’t relate to it. It’s hard to say what season 5 has in store for Hannah and her crew, but I know I will be disappointed if Adam’s lines aren’t immediately turned into Kylo Ren memes.

As a bonus, if you’re in the market to check out a new show this winter, give SyFy’s The Magicians a try. Debuting 1/25 at 10pm EST, it’s based on the popular fantasy book series by Lev Grossman, and it has the potential to be amazing!

The days my be short and cold, but I promise you’re in for comfy, entertaining evenings on the couch with these winter premieres!

What We’ve Been Watching: September 2015

PLAYING HOUSE (Image Credit: Nicole Wilder/USA Network)

PLAYING HOUSE (Image Credit: Nicole Wilder/USA Network)

Here at The Daily Quirk we don’t just write about television- we watch it too… and lots of it! Check back each month to find out which shows have us laughing, crying and glued to our screens Continue reading

GIRLS (Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO)

10 Gifs or Less: Getting to know HBO’s ‘Girls’

GIRLS (Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO)

GIRLS (Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO)

Many people only know HBO’s Girls as the show where Lena Dunham is frequently naked. And, while there is quite a bit of nudity throughout the series, it shouldn’t be the only thing people focus on. Girls is a witty, funny and painfully relatable show about being in your twenties and trying to figure out life. Luckily, the four main characters are able to depend on each other when things get tricky (most of the time, at least). If you’re unsure what the show is about or if it’s something you want to watch, check out these 10 .gifs to get a better idea! Continue reading

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: Neil Davidson/HBO)

The Best of Midseason TV!

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: Neil Davidson/HBO)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: Neil Davidson/HBO)

Let’s face it sometimes the midseason premieres are better than the regular season premieres due to networks like HBO and AMC premiering their best shows in spring. They want to ensure you watch each of their quality programs entirely before the next amazing show appears. I am thankful for the strategy otherwise I might not be able to fit all the quality television in my schedule. Here are my picks for the best of midseason television shows:

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The cast of GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

‘Girls’ Season 3: What Do We Want to See?

The cast of GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

The cast of GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

HBO’s Girls has finally released the long-awaited Season 3. For most fans, going through a whole year of waiting has been a huge let down. We have gone from bursting with excitement to bursting with frustration. Thankfully, as 2014 approached we all remembered that we had some more Girls to look forward to. The problem is, do we actually remember what to look forward to in Girls?

Personally, I think we need to do a re-cap of the Season 2 finale, “Together, to help remind ourselves that we waited a whole year for a good reason. Let’s get to the big plot points a.k.a. the ladies of Girls. Continue reading

5 Reasons I am super-pumped to watch Season 3 of ‘Girls’

GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

I bet some of you had forgotten that Girls was about to start again. Well guess what? It’s coming to you right after the holidays just in time for your resolution to watch more quality television. A lot of rumors were spreading during the filming of this season about cast changes and possible newly formed egos after last year’s awards. So, after doing a little online digging into the new season these are my five reasons why I am looking forward it. Continue reading

Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer in FRIENDS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

5 TV Couples that Ruined Shows

Matt LeBlanc as Joey, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel and David Schwimmer as Ross in FRIENDS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Matt LeBlanc as Joey, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel and David Schwimmer as Ross in FRIENDS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

An atrocious on-screen couple can ruin everything we love about our favorite television show.  As loyal and loving fans, we want certain things to happen in the lives of our precious on-screen friends.  Yes, they are made-up, but after spending time with them week after week, we really start to get invested.  Nothing’s worse than when they screw everything up by dating someone who’s totally wrong for them (and nobody knows who they should or shouldn’t date better than the fans, right?).

This is an ode to all of the “WTF’s” we’ve blurted out when witnessing our favorite characters fall victim to an awful relationship.  This is also a way for you to confirm that no, you’re not crazy….there were countless other fans cursing the writers of Friends and Degrassi, too!  Here are the five worst on-screen couples that nearly ruined our favorite sitcoms and dramas. Continue reading

NYC Girls Then & Now: Carrie vs Hannah

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in SEX AND THE CITY (Image Credit: HBO) / Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in SEX AND THE CITY (Image Credit: HBO) / Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

If you’re a warm-blooded American female, you’ve heard the relentless comparisons between Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and Hannah Horvath of Girls.  They’re both writers living in NYC, one fourth of a quirky girl-clique, and an indirect “voice of their generation”.  As someone who has unhealthy obsessions with both shows, I can say that the relation between Carrie and Hannah goes a little deeper than that.

We truly connect with and are inspired by these women…i.e. we want Carrie’s outrageous shoe-habit and Hannah’s 48-hour romance with a gorgeous doctor.  There’s a crazy magnetic pull between these HBO character and their viewers. We just can’t seem to let go of them, even between seasons of Girls and long after the series finale of Sex and the City.   These women play a more important role in the average female audience member’s mind than most other television characters, and with good reason. Continue reading

Why I think ‘Girls’ is an awesome show!

(Image Credit: HBO)

(Image Credit: HBO)

Girls is an HBO dramedy about young twenty-something girls living in New York City and finding out what they want to do with their lives. Being typical Generation Y creatures, the finding out goes slowly and is paid for by mommy and daddy (until they cut you off that is).  The show is created by Lena Dunham: she writes, directs and stars in the show. Very Auteur! Very sincere! Before you read anymore, be aware: spoilers ahead! Continue reading