22 October 2012 3:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Lena Dunham's comedy drama had both praise and outrage heaped upon it in the Us for its supposedly groundbreaking portrayal of young women. But UK viewers will have seen it all before

Sex. Women. Friendship. Feminism. Privilege. Race. Nepotism. Bodies. Hype. Talent. When the precociously talented Lena Dunham had to decide on a name for her much-hyped TV series, of which she is the director, writer, producer and star at the age of 26, she settled on a simple and single word: Girls.

Yet ever since the first episode aired in the Us earlier this year to both ecstatic and outraged reviews, it has sparked passionate debate about a slew of more complicated words, only some of which are listed above. It is hard to think of another show in recent years that has kick-started so much argument, and when the show airs in the UK on Monday, it will do the same here. »

- Hadley Freeman

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