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Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.
The cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Adam Driver and Zosia Mamet. Episodes were shot in New York. The ten-episode season begins on Sky Atlanic in October 2012.
01 - Pilot
24-year-old Hannah, an aspiring writer living in NYC, is blindsided when her parents cut her off financially. Subsequently fired from her unpaid internship, she seeks comfort from Adam, the eccentric actor she sometimes sleeps with when she can get him to respond to her texts.
02 - Vagina Panic
Hannah reveals her Forrest 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 and Jessa avoids Marnie’s meticulously planned day at a women’s health clinic, where Shoshanna confesses a humiliating secret.
03 - All Adventurous Women Do
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 baby-sitting gig.
04 - Hannah’s Diary
Adam sends Hannah a “sext” message that puts her in a tailspin. Meanwhile, Hannah’s boss gets touchy at her office job, Shoshanna reunites with a boy from sleepaway camp, Jessa gets distracted while watching her charges and Ray and Charlie snoop through the girls’ apartment.
05 - Hard Being Easy
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 and Charlie assess their relationship, and Jessa is determined to reconquer an ex.
06 - The Return
Hannah’s parents 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.
08 - Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too
Hannah ventures further into Adam’s world, for better and for worse. Newly unemployed Jessa, and Marnie, at an all-time low, bond unexpectedly and meet a very eligible bachelor (Chris O’Dowd) who is not what he seems.
09 - Leave Me Alone
Behind on rent and resentful of the literary success of a former classmate (Jenny Slate), Hannah starts work at Grumpy Café 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 goes on a day date with an online match.
10 - She Did
Season 1 finale. Hannah starts to question her relationship with Adam; Jessa throws a mystery party where Marnie embraces her free-spirited side, and Shoshanna’s uniqueness works in her favor.