Girls V. Girls

January 10, 2013
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“Girls,” Lena Dunham’s dramedy about privileged and angsty Manhattan youths, is back for Season 2 (HBO, Sun., 9 p.m.). “Bad Girls Club Atlanta,” a reality show about seven free spirits sharing a house, is starting Season 10 (Oxygen, Tue., 8 p.m.). Let’s compare these sex-obsessed “Girls.”

RACIAL COMPOSITION

G: Mighty white … although now there’s a black boyfriend for Hannah (Dunham’s character).

BGC: A racial and ethnic rainbow.

SAMPLE ATTIRE

G: High-waisted print dress with Peter Pan collar. The wearer feels like “a stupid sailor nun.”

BGC: Low-cut vest over fuchsia bra.

BOY-GIRL ENCOUNTERS

G: Hannah: “You’re not being that nice to me.” Adam: “When you love someone you don’t have to be nice all the time.”

BGC: Andre: “Nice to meet you … what’s up?” Stephanie, in aside to camera: “He’s really pretty … I don’t know where exactly it’s gonna go but it’s kind of a breath of fresh air.”

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

G: Hannah: “I feel how I feel when I feel it.”

BGC: Girls down shots, declaring: “We do it ’cause we’re used to it. Now drink, [expletives].”

OBSCENITIES

Number on each show: A googolplex.

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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