04/12/2012 11:19 am ET

True, New Female Friendship

A young woman sleeps in her bed, in the embrace of someone who has a leg draped over her thigh and an arm comfortingly around her middle. When the alarm clock buzzes, jolting this spooning pair to consciousness, we realize that they're not a romantic couple; they are best friends and roommates, Hannah and Marnie.

It's an early, lovely moment in "Girls," the new HBO series created, directed, written, produced and, really, detonated onto the pop landscape by 25-year-old Lena Dunham. Dunham stars as Hannah, who is joined in bed by Marnie because Marnie is avoiding having to be touched by her over-kind swain, and because both girls like to stay up late watching reruns of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

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