January 16, 2014

“DUCK DYNASTY” VS. “GIRLS:”

Why “Duck Dynasty”? It worked the first time, so we did it the second time. How did it work? It balanced things. Real(ish) people, in the country, who have a way of life that completely makes sense to them and know how to do a bunch of useful things, feel likeable to us and clearly enjoy each other, and continually get into jams in classic — I’m talking “I Love Lucy” — TV-sitcom style.

In “Girls,” you have fictional(ish) people, in the city, who are bewildered by the way they are living, can’t do anything useful, feel unlikeable to us and endlessly bother each other, and bumble about in low-narrative sequences that feel like an old-fashioned cinema verité — “Grey Gardens”? — documentary.

People you like vs. people you don’t.