On Sunday night, the cultural event of early January 2013 goes off, when the second season of Lena Dunham's polarizing dramedy Girls premieres on HBO at 9 p.m. Critics have unfairly savaged the series for focusing on the lives of four privileged, college-educated white girls instead of speaking to the lives of all young women (as if something in Dunham's life experiences suggests that she's perfectly suited to write about what it's like to be underprivileged or an ethnic minority). But it's true that Girls, with its narrow POV, presents only a small slice of life in New York City, one that the masses of less fortunate daughters do not recognize as their everyday struggle.
We're not mad at Dunham writing what she knows, but we can't help wondering: What if her characters did experience life as the rest of us? It's about to get really real, as The Girls of Girls Experience a Day in the Life of an Average New Yorker.