'Girls' (HBO)

Like "Louie" before it, triple-threat Lena Dunham's mumblecore comedy changes what "cinematic" means in the context of television: not the intimation/imitation of bigger-than-TV big-screen budgets it typically indicates but a kind of neo-New Wave guerrilla intelligence: believable talk in ordinary rooms, recorded in seemingly offhand yet memorable images.

( Jojo Whilden / HBO )

Like "Louie" before it, triple-threat Lena Dunham's mumblecore comedy changes what "cinematic" means in the context of television: not the intimation/imitation of bigger-than-TV big-screen budgets it typically indicates but a kind of neo-New Wave guerrilla intelligence: believable talk in ordinary rooms, recorded in seemingly offhand yet memorable images.

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