Love it or hate it, since its start in 2012, the hit HBO series "Girls" has prompted endless conversations about body image, feminism, privilege, millennials, Brooklyn, gentrification — the list goes on. Now as its final season kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 12, we sat down with executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner to talk about female friendship (especially the Jessa betrayal), narcissism in your 20s and how “Girls” has changed television.
What do the think the ‘Girls’ legacy is going to be?
Jenni Konner: I think it was that women were able to tell honest stories about themselves and be more comfortable with their bodies. There’s a long tradition of shows about men who do bad things, but we like them anyway. “Girls” is really one of those shows.
Judd Apatow: [Now there are] more female showrunners and auteurs. Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer; it’s growing, but even ten years ago, there wasn’t a [female] equivalent to Larry David.
Konner: When I’ve been on showrunner panels, I’m usually the one woman. I would say in the last ten years, now there’s two women.
What does the show say about female friendship? The relationships are always shifting and it’s hard to tell who even likes each other.
Konner: That's the central question of the show. We’ve always wondered if these people who were just thrown together by circumstance will stay good friends. I don’t know very many people who stayed friends with their friends from college. As we get older, things change.