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Television

Critic's Notebook

On TV, buzz and ratings are often at odds

Have you seen enough about “Girls,” the HBO series that is a portrait of a generation, an ironic portrait of a generation, or not a portrait of a generation at all so much as a portrait of unique characters who absolutely do not represent a generation?

“Girls” has been the object of endless media throat-clearing, spawning many, many miles of thinky opinion pieces, reviews, blog recaps, comments, Gawker hateration, and Lena Dunham interviews. It is the entertainment world’s version of a Supreme Court hearing or a budget battle, a gift to hungry news cycles everywhere. Like “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” and “Homeland,” “Girls” is a conversation starter.

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