Exactly five years ago tomorrow, the first episode of Girls aired. Created by Lena Dunham, the HBO series is a most contentious project that has both reflected and made light of four confused, selfish 20-somethings living in Brooklyn.
On Sunday, the show will come to a close. Between now and then, revisit our 10 favorite episodes of Girls:
1. Pilot (1.1): For starting it all.
2. One Man’s Trash (2.5): For revealing the cruelty of a world that incessantly questions a woman's attractiveness and her worthiness of Patrick Wilson, doctors, and intimacy.
3. On All Fours (2.9): For depicting bad sex unadorned, as well as a woman's discomfort after enduring it.
4. She Said OK (3.3): For giving us Gaby Hoffman.
5. Triggering (4.2): For its self-awareness. Recall: Hannah is a student at Iowa Writers' Workshop, where a classmate calls the protagonist of her writing "privileged."
6. Japan (5.3): For sending Shoshanna to Japan, where she goes to a BDSM salon and whips a guy. And also for giving us Yoshi, the best boy Girls ever had.
7. The Panic in Central Park (5.6): For Marnie finally being real.
8. Love Stories (5.9): For giving us Jenny Slate, again.
9. American Bitch (6.3): For addressing the gray areas of sexual assault.
10. What Will We Do This Time About Adam (6.8): For two heartbreaking scenes: Jessa's bathroom breakdown and one final dalliance between Hannah and Adam before reality catches up to them.
Check Slog for our finale recap on Sunday night.
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