“Girls” is a modern-day sitcom about a group of friends in their early 20s trying to make their way in New York City. Unlike its HBO predecessor “Sex and the City,” which was set in affluent Manhattan, “Girls” primarily takes place in the hipster environs of Brooklyn. Lena Dunham stars in the leading role as aspiring writer Hannah Horvath, but she’s also the creator of the series and has penned and directed many of its 62 episodes. So before the series finale airs tonight please click through our gallery above highlighting the top 15 episodes of all time. Can you guess what’s number-one? And will the farewell episode deserve a place on the list? If so we’ll be back to update this gallery after the finale.
Dunham gained the attention of ubiquitous writer-director-producer Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) after he saw her film “Tiny Furniture” (2010), which she wrote, directed and starred in, and which won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Apatow produced “Girls” with Dunham, and the show joined Louis C.K.‘s “Louie” in a new class of auteur comedies from writer-director-actors, which paved the way for other acclaimed shows from Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) and Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”).
For her efforts, Dunham won two Golden Globes: Best Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actress (2013), as well as a DGA Award for Best Comedy Series (2013). And she’s been nominated at the Emmys for Best Comedy Series twice (2012-2013), Best Comedy Actress three times (2012-2014), Best Comedy Directing for “She Did” (2012) and “On All Fours” (2013), and Best Comedy Writing for the pilot (2012).
The show began its run in 2012 and made stars of Dunham and her three female co-stars, who all happen to be the children of celebrities: Allison Williams (daughter of news anchor Brian Williams), Zosia Mamet (daughter of famed playwright David Mamet) and Jemima Kirke (daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke). But arguably the show’s biggest breakthrough was for Adam Driver, who himself was nominated at the Emmys for Best Comedy Supporting Actor three times (2013-2015) and has gone on to star in acclaimed films like “Paterson” and “Silence” as well as the latest “Star Wars” franchise as Kylo Ren.
Will the show make a comeback at the Emmys for its final season? And will the finale live up to the legacy of the rest of the series?
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