New Tonight: ‘NYC 22’ (CBS) and ‘Girls’ (HBO) [Review]

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Tonight marks the premiere of two brand new series. On CBS we get new cop drama NYC 22 which premieres at 10pm, and for premium subscribers, HBO premieres its new original series Girls at 10:30pm.

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First let’s talk about NYC 22, the series follows six NYPD rookies as they patrol the streets of Upper Manhattan. And you guessed it, they are all different and all have different reasons for being there, and as they make their share of mistakes they will forge new friendships and embrace the job (hopefully). Sound familiar?! Yeah, I thought so. I would say this is CBS’ answer to ABC’s wonderful Rookie Blue, except not as good. Where Rookie Blue has some lighter funny moments amidst its drama, NYC 22 is all drama all the time, which some people might enjoy.

Rookie Blue aside, after watching two episodes of NYC 22 I can’t say that I really care for any of the characters and some of the story lines felt a little bit too cliche and not really that compelling. Now do I think some people might enjoy it? Absolutely. NYC 22 is not a bad show and I’m pretty sure some people will love it but it just didn’t work for me.

NYC 22 premieres tonight, April 15th at 10pm on CBS.

'Girls' (HBO) Pilot Episode 1

At the other end of the spectrum is HBO’s new original series, Girls, from executive producers Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. The series follows a group of girls, Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), in their early 20s living in New York and still trying to figure out what they want out of life.

The series is a character study with most of its storyline moving forward through dialogues between the girls and other people in their lives. To be completely honest, this is just not my type of show. I usually like characters studies but the tone of the show is just not something that I connect to, it has a particular kind of quirkiness that never worked for me. In addition, I couldn’t relate to any of the girls, which I guess didn’t help.

Now just because I didn’t get it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch it. In fact, if this is the type of film/show you tend to enjoy, then you should absolutely check it out. The performances are good and it of course has the HBO quality behind it.

Girls premieres tonight, April 15th at 10:30pm on HBO.