Girls Get It On With Togetherness

The latest season of Girls is being teamed with a new comedy starring Kiwi Melanie Lynskey as part of a two-hour Thursday night comedy block on SoHo.

People magazine called season four of Girls “an absolute delight, and possibly even better than the landmark first season” while Entertainment Weekly said “this season has astute things to say about the heartbreak, and the relief, of getting older and re-examining your dreams”.

“Hannah’s finally growing up,” the New York Post concurred, “and how she deals with the inevitable betrayals of people she placed too much trust in will provide Girls with a worthy season arc — and give the aspiring novelist inside the hipster some real material to come.”

But Variety was underwhelmed — “Girls continues to operate in a very limited range” — and the premiere scored “the lowest season opener ever” for the HBO hit in the US (although it was up slightly on the season three finale).

As on HBO, SoHo is using Girls’ 8.30 premiere tonight to launch Togetherness, a comedy about two LA couples living under the same roof, which also had a “very soft” start in the US.

Although TV Guide thought Lynskey’s new vehicle epitomised “whiny indie-film malaise”, the New York Times praised it as a “beguiling [and] intimate, bittersweet look at the travails of a clique of disaffected middle-class friends …

Togetherness, like Girls, has some very barbed comic moments, but it’s gentler with its characters, softening the caricatures and peeling away surface jokes to reveal men and women who are complicated, struggling but well-meaning, losers who are actually quite winning.”

Screening after Togetherness are seasons two of Looking and Getting On, which the Denver Post reckons is “the best comedy you’re not watching” due to “humour so dark you’ll be embarrassed for laughing”.

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