03/05/2012 02:56 pm ET

Cable's New Pack Of Girls, Trying On The Woman Thing

Wasn't this supposed to be the television season of the young woman? It was only last September when the arrival of network sitcoms like “Whitney,” “2 Broke Girls” and “New Girl” heralded the possibility that the urban exploits of women in their 20s, once largely invisible to television programmers, would become a genre as established as the gross-out crime procedural. But while those comedies found their followings, they also took criticism for their crassness, their fixations on punch lines about lady parts and their oddly inauthentic depictions of the women at the heart of those shows.

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