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'Girls' & 'Sex and the City' Coverage: Can You Tell the Difference? (QUIZ)

Posted: 04/12/2012 10:39 am

Four women. New York City. Complicated dating lives. Strong friendships. Open discussion of taboo subjects. It didn't surprise anyone when HBO's new series, "Girls," garnered comparisons to HBO's other quartet-of-women-driven sitcom, "Sex and the City."

The two shows have distinct differences, of course. The women of "Girls" are in their 20s, they're poor, they don't yet have careers, they live in Brooklyn and they have quite a bit of decidedly unsexy sex. "Sex and the City" depicts a group of women in their far-more-polished 30s -- they're unapologetically wealthy, they have covetable jobs, they exist almost-solely in Manhattan and the sex they have somehow always looks good -- even when it's awful. "SATC" is more like a cool aunt than a sister to "Girls," but the show's creator and star, Lena Dunham, doesn't deny the relationship: "This show couldn't exist without 'Sex and the City', both for what it opened up for women on television and because these characters were raised on 'Sex and the City'," she told Reuters.

The Daily even put together this handy dandy infographic, comparing the women of "Sex and the City" to the women of "Girls."
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Perhaps it's not so surprising, then, that the buzz about "Girls" -- and as Gawker pointed out, there's been a lot -- has sounded so familiar. Although the "Sex and the City" franchise hasn't necessarily aged well (and those two feature films didn't help), it generated a significant amount of press when it was first on the air. Looking back at the initial coverage of the series, we realized that some of the praise -- and criticism -- SATC received could easily be mistaken for what's been said in the last two months about "Girls." So we rounded up some of the most quotable hype around each show and created a little quiz. You tell us: "Sex and the City" or "Girls"?

QUIZ: Are These Quotes About "Sex and the City" Or "Girls"?
(Scroll down for attribution of each quote.)

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  • "Their unheroic heroes, sophisticated social assumptions and high level of cynicism are essential to their wit and success."

  • Sex And The City

    <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/04/movies/tv-weekend-relationships-are-hard-but-easy-to-talk-about.html?ref=sexandthecity" target="_hplink">Caryn James, <em>New York Times</em>, 1999</a>

  • "[The] show takes as its subject women who are quite demographically specific -- cosseted white New Yorkers from educated backgrounds -- then mines their lives for the universal."

  • Girls

    <a href="http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/girls-lena-dunham-2012-4/index1.html" target="_hplink">Emily Nussbaum, <em>New York Magazine</em>, 2012</a>

  • "Speaking to the very realistic approach the show takes to women's sexual relationships with men (i.e. emotionless, friends-with-benefits-esque arrangements with not-very-worthy guys) ..."

  • Girls

    <a href="http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2012/03/13/lena-dunham-hbo-girls-sxsw/" target="_hplink">Kara Warner, MTV's "Hollywood Crush" Blog, 2012</a>

  • "Under their cynical facades, these women are endless optimists about ideal relationships, even as they settle for fleeting, imperfect ones. That hopefulness may be the series' secret weapon."

  • Sex And The City

    <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/04/movies/tv-weekend-relationships-are-hard-but-easy-to-talk-about.html?ref=sexandthecity" target="_hplink">Caryn James, <em>New York Times</em>, 1999</a>

  • "It's unlike anything else on TV"

  • Girls

    <a href="http://gawker.com/5896477/all-of-the-same-things-we-keep-hearing-about-girls-lena-dunhams-new-hbo-show" target="_hplink">Leah Beckmann, Gawker, 2012</a>

  • "People across America are getting a weekly glimpse at dysfunctional New Yorkers engaging in humanity's most brutal mating rituals."

  • Sex And The City

    <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1999/07/15/nyregion/the-big-city-tv-gives-sex-in-new-york-a-bad-name.html?ref=sexandthecity" target="_hplink">John Tierney, <em>New York Times</em>, 1999</a>

  • "It's a grotesque picture of New York, but it's funny because there's a certain emotional truth to it. Some critics -- New York men, for instance -- would argue that the local men aren't all such losers. But the dating pool often looks that way to women."

  • Sex And The City

    <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1999/07/15/nyregion/the-big-city-tv-gives-sex-in-new-york-a-bad-name.html?ref=sexandthecity" target="_hplink">John Tierney, <em>New York Times</em>, 1999</a>

  • "[The] new show ... is a realistic, ballsy, awkward, humiliating, intimate, honest take on what it is to be ... living in New York City dealing with STDs, abortion, financial woes, orgasms, body issues..."

  • Girls

    <a href="http://gawker.com/5896477/all-of-the-same-things-we-keep-hearing-about-girls-lena-dunhams-new-hbo-show" target="_hplink">Leah Beckmann, Gawker, 2012</a>

  • "It is about women who are both sympathetic and kind of awful"

  • Girls

    <a href="http://flavorwire.com/269272/dunham-and-apatow-on-girls-hbos-next-insanely-great-series" target="_hplink">Jason Bailey, Flavorwire, 2012</a>

  • "More social satire than sitcom, it looks openly at relationships steeped in ambivalence, fear, and the games people play."

  • Sex And The City

    <a href="http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-8481447.html" target="_hplink">Matthew Gilbert, <em>The Boston Globe</em>, 1998</a>

  • "What's especially wonderful about the show is how it depicts women sticking together and supporting each other -- something you rarely see onscreen nowadays. It's like, in Hollyworld, women never have girlfriends, never confide in other women, never trust other women."

  • Sex And The City

    <em>The Toronto Star</em>, 1998, "The Best Chickcom Since Ally McBeal"

  • "The sexual revolution has mostly been a boon for upper-middle-class women like them, who have been able to use its freedoms to delay marriage and to find mates they can stay with for the duration, while enjoying active sex lives in the meantime."

  • Girls

    <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2012/04/16/120416taco_talk_talbot#ixzz1rlWsXU9Y" target="_hplink">Margaret Talbot, <em>The New Yorker</em>, 2012</a>











Slide 1: Caryn James, New York Times, 1999
Slide 3: Emily Nussbaum, New York Magazine, 2012
Slide 5: Kara Warner, MTV's "Hollywood Crush" Blog, 2012
Slide 7: Caryn James, New York Times, 1999
Slide 9: Leah Beckmann, Gawker, 2012
Slide 11:John Tierney, New York Times, 1999
Slide 13: John Tierney, New York Times, 1999
Slide 15: Leah Beckmann, Gawker, 2012
Slide 17: Jason Bailey, Flavorwire, 2012
Slide 19: Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe, 1998
Slide 21: The Toronto Star, 1998, "The Best Chickcom Since Ally McBeal"
Slide 23: Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 2012

 

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