Hannah and her friends are just four girls trying to figure out what they want-- from life... from men... from themselves. From actor/writer/director Lena Dunham comes this one-of-a-kind comedy series that follows these 20-somethings struggling through their post-collegiate years in New York City. A contemporary coming-of-age comedy, 'Girls' focuses on Hannah (played by Dunham) as she works to become a successful writer in the wake of being cut off financially by her parents.
Hannah (Lena Dunham), a 24-year-old aspiring writer living in New York City, is blindsided when her parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari) cut her off financially. Subsequently fired from her unpaid internship, she seeks comfort in Adam (Adam Driver), the eccentric actor she sometimes sleeps with when she can get him to respond to her texts. Meanwhile, Hannah’s best friend and Type-A roommate, Marnie (Allison Williams), hosts a dinner party for their bohemian British friend Jessa (Jemima Kirke), who’s returned from god-knows-where to move in with Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Jessa’s younger, “Sex and the City”-obsessed cousin.
Hannah reveals her “Forest Gump”-induced AIDS phobia when she realizes Adam might not be practicing monogamy. Marnie lives in denial of her growing boredom with (and sexual repulsion by) her long-term boyfriend, Charlie (Chris Abbott); Jessa avoids Marnie’s meticulously planned day at a women’s health clinic, where Shoshanna confesses a humiliating secret.
Hannah meets up with her erstwhile college flame to find out how she contracted HPV, uncovering much more in the process. Marnie’s art-gallery boss introduces her to a cocky artist who piques her interest, while Jessa gets a babysitting gig.
Adam (Adam Driver) sends Hannah (Lena Dunham) a “sext” message that puts her in a tailspin. Meanwhile, Hannah’s boss (Richard Masur) gets touchy at her office job, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) reunites with a boy from sleepaway camp, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) gets distracted while watching her charges, and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and Charlie (Chris Abbott) snoop through the girls’ apartment.
At Jessa’s advice, Hannah decides to better her story by propositioning her boss. She subsequently retreats to Adam, who has a different idea about the state of their union. Meanwhile, Marnie (Allison Williams) and Charlie assess their relationship, and Jessa is determined to reconquer an ex.
Hannah’s parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari) fly her back to Michigan to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Though they hope she’ll go on their date, she gets one of her own instead, and catches up with some high-school friends who are mourning a hometown tragedy.
At the “best party ever” in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Hannah learns Adam’s main defining trait (other than his ears), Marnie is beside herself (and annoys others) after seeing Charlie, Jessa teases a mystery texter, and Ray becomes Shoshanna’s spirit guide in a time of need.
Hannah (Lena Dunham) ventures further into Adam’s (Adam Driver) world, for better and for worse. Jessa (Jemima Kirke), newly unemployed, and Marnie (Allison Williams), at an all-time low, bond unexpectedly and meet a very eligible bachelor (Chris O’Dowd) who is not what he seems.
Behind on rent and resentful of the literary success of a former classmate (Jenny Slate), Hannah starts work at Café Grumpy and does a reading hosted by a former professor (Michael Imperioli). Marnie finds it increasingly difficult to support Hannah financially and emotionally. Jessa is confronted by her former boss (Katherine Hahn), and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) goes on a day date with an online match.
Hannah starts to question her relationship with Adam. Jessa throws a mystery party, where Marnie embraces her free-spirited side. Shoshanna’s uniqueness works in her favor.