Season 4 of Girls kicks off with Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) relocation to Iowa to start Grad School. Initially she is love with the idea that she can rent a whole house for less than her tiny shared New York apartment but it’s not long before things go sour. While Hannah is convinced of her own genius the rest of her class is less so and soon the tension between her and her classmates is out of control.
Meanwhile Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) leaves his girlfriend for Marnie (Allison Williams). It’s not long though before she realises that living with Desi and having an illicit affair with him are two very different things.
At the same time Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Adam (Adam Driver) start to get closer as they realise that they have quite a lot in common. And Soshanna (Zosia Mamet) realises that the job market is much more challenging than she ever imagined.
If that wasn’t enough, Hannah’s father (Peter Scolari) makes a startling revelation which puts Hannah in the uncomfortable position of having to provide support to others.
This season has a very strong theme of getting what you want and then realising that it’s nothing like you expected and you might not actually want it at all. It also looks at opening new avenues in life that you never expected. This is no more evident than in Ray’s (Alex Karpovsky) decision to get involved in local government.
I thought the episode involving Adam, Mimi-Rose (Gillian Jacobs), Jessa and Ace’s (Zachary Quinto) love quadrangle was really funny as was Hannah’s appalling apology letter to her classmates.
There’s a thought-provoking abortion storyline that I thought was handled extremely well and which is still topical right now.
Overall it was not my favourite season though. While seeing Hannah get her comeuppance was quite enjoyable and I liked the chemistry between Adam and Jessa, it felt a little fillery and possibly even more self-indulgent than before. Still good but not up to the first three seasons.